EU calls crisis talks on migration

Image caption The discovery of 71 bodies in an abandoned lorry in Austria has heaped pressure on EU governments The European Union has called emergency talks on tackling the bloc’s escalating migration crisis. The EU presidency said interior ministers from all 28 member states would hold an extraordinary meeting on 14 September, and the crisis had reached “unprecedented proportions”. It follows a week that saw hundreds more people drown in…

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US horror filmmaker Wes Craven dies

American horror film director Wes Craven, creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, has died aged 76. US media reported that Craven died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday from brain cancer. Craven wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, and his Scream trilogy, starting in 1996, grossed more than $100m in the US. He wrote, directed and edited his first film, The Last House…

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Egypt sets Oct election date, after three years without parliament

CAIRO Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election, starting on Oct. 18-19, the election commission said on Sunday, the final step in a process to bring back democracy that critics say has been tainted by widespread repression. Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, dominated by the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, reversing a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that…

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Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali's fragile north

GAO The United Nations has deployed 10,000 peacekeepers and poured more than $1 billion into Mali but its efforts to end a three-year conflict are threatened by the reemergence of a centuries-old rivalry between Tuareg clans. The U.N. Security Council renewed the mandate of its Mali force (MINUSMA) in June in the hope that it could enforce a peace deal signed that month in the West African nation, despite suffering…

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Brazil WhatsApp mayor on the run

Image caption The alleged corruption scheme was unveiled after a nationwide Federal Police investigation A mayor in Brazil is on the run after she was accused of siphoning off funds from the school system and running the town remotely through WhatsApp. Lidiane Leite, 25, lived a life of luxury in the capital of Maranhao state, prosecutors said. They say her only contact with her town, Bom Jardim, was through daily…

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Ferries disrupted by Calais blockade

Passengers are facing overnight delays at the Port of Calais following a fresh protest by former workers of a dissolved ferry company. Protesters – believed to be from former operator MyFerryLink – have blockaded the port with lifeboats, affecting services between France and the UK. Port of Dover officials said services at the port in northern France were suspended owing to industrial action. Ferry firm DFDS tweeted it expected the…

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'Severe damage' to Palmyra temple

Image caption The Temple of Bel was one of the best preserved set of ruins in the complex The Islamic State (IS) militant group has destroyed part of another temple at the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra, activists and witnesses say. The extent of the damage to the Temple of Bel is not clear but residents have described a large explosion. A week ago IS published images of what appeared…

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Kenya tops Beijing Athletics table

Image caption Asbel Kiprop (centre) just beat his compatriot Elija Manangoi to take gold in the 1,500m event Kenya has come top of the overall medal table at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing for the first time, with seven gold medals. Kenya also won six silver and three bronze medals, with Jamaica and the US in second and third place respectively. Their final gold medal was won by Asbel…

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China punishes 197 over stock 'rumours'

Chinese authorities have punished 197 people for spreading rumours online about the recent stock market crash and fatal explosions in Tianjin, according to state news agency Xinhua. No details have been reported about the nature of the punishments handed out. Citing a statement issued by the ministry of public security, Xinhua said 165 online accounts were closed. Chinese shares fell by nearly 8% after a week of volatile trading that…

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Christie says criticism of FedEx-like immigrant tracking is 'ridiculous'

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie answers a question from the audience during a campaign town hall meeting at Sayde’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill in Salem, New Hampshire August 24, 2015. Reuters/Brian Snyder WASHINGTON New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pushed back on Sunday against “ridiculous” criticism of his new proposal to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages, saying government needs private sector expertise to…

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