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Confrontation as Hungary police force migrants off train

Migrants storm into a train at the Keleti train station in BudapestBy Marton Dunai BICSKE, Hungary (Reuters) - Hungarian police halted a train packed with migrants bound for the Austrian border and tried to force them to disembark in a town with a detention camp on Thursday, a confrontation that has become a focus of Europe's migration crisis. After shutting migrants out of the main train station in the capital Budapest for two days, authorities allowed exhausted and confused migrants to board a westbound train. Fearing detention, some migrants banged on windows chanting "No camp! No camp!" One group pushed back dozens of riot police guarding a stairwell to fight their way back on board.


China holds massive military parade, to cut troop levels by 300,000

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands in a car, at the beginning of the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in BeijingBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders. China's confidence in its armed forces and growing military assertiveness, especially in the disputed South China Sea, has rattled the region and drawn criticism from Washington. Xi, speaking on a rostrum overlooking Beijing's Tiananmen Square before the parade began, said China would cut by 13 percent one of the world's biggest militaries, currently 2.3-million strong.


Special Report: In Egypt, jailed Islamists 'dying of neglect'

The wife and daughter of Mahmoud Abdel Hadi pose for a picture beneath photographs of Hadi and his son Assem at the family home in the Nile Delta city of MansouraBy Stephen Kalin DAMIETTA, Egypt (Reuters) - Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker Mohammad al-Falahgi was arrested on terror charges in 2013 and held in prison, but never convicted. Egyptian and international human rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, say cases like Falahgi's amount to a little-noticed abuse of human rights under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Human Rights Watch says Egypt is obliged under international law to give detainees the same health care that is available to ordinary citizens.


At least 14 killed as boat overloaded with migrants capsizes off Malaysia

Rescuers carry a body recovered from a capsized boat carrying illegal migrants at a jetty in Hutan Melintang in MalaysiaBy Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - An overloaded wooden boat believed to be carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants sank off the coast of Malaysia on Thursday, killing at least 14 people, among them 13 women, maritime officials said. The boat, which maritime officials estimated had about 70 people aboard, had left Sabak Bernam in Malaysia's western state of Selangor for Sumatra in neighboring Indonesia when the accident happened. Initial conversations with survivors led officials to believe the passengers were Indonesian, said Muhammad Aliyas Hamdan, an official of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).


Family of Syrian toddler on Turkish beach tried to reach Canada

Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi, waits at a morgue in Mugla,By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - The family of a Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish beach had been trying to emigrate to Canada after fleeing the war-torn town of Kobani, one of their relatives told a Canadian newspaper on Thursday. A photograph of the tiny body of a three-year old boy washed up in the Aegean resort of Bodrum appeared in newspapers around the world on Thursday, spawning sympathy and outrage at the perceived inaction of developed nations in helping refugees. Urgent action required - A Europe-wide mobilization is urgent," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Twitter of the boy.


Iran's Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers: state TV

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in TehranBy Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported. President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist whose 2013 election paved the way to a diplomatic thaw with the West, and his allies have opposed such a parliamentary vote, arguing this would create legal obligations complicating the deal's implementation. "Parliament should not be sidelined on the nuclear deal issue ... I am not saying lawmakers should ratify or reject the deal.


Arsenal without Welbeck after knee operation

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck faces an extended spell on the sidelines after a knee operationArsenal's England striker Danny Welbeck willl be out of action for several months after undergoing a knee operation. The 24-year-old, signed from Manchester United on deadline day in September 2014, last played in April, missing both the FA Cup final and end-of-season internationals. Despite hopes Welbeck would be able to recover from bone bruising around the knee, Arsenal announced on Thursday the player had needed an operation and was now set for an extended spell of rehabilitation.


Queen Elizabeth's reign rooted in ancestor Victoria

Queen Elizabeth will overtake her great-great-grandmother's record of 63 years and 216 days on September 9, a remarkable reign that began in 1952 as Britain rebuilt after World War IIQueen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarchs, both came to the throne young yet remained a steady presence through eras of dramatic change. Queen Elizabeth will overtake her great-great-grandmother's record of 63 years and 216 days on September 9, a remarkable reign that began in 1952 as Britain rebuilt after World War II. When Victoria was born in 1819, she, like Elizabeth, was thought unlikely to inherit the throne.


Top Asian News at 3:00 p.m. GMT

BEIJING (AP) — With fighter jets roaring overhead, China's leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might, but also pledged to reduce the army by 300,000 troops in a bid to show that his country poses no expansionist threat. The spectacle through the heart of Beijing commemorated Japan's World War II defeat seven decades ago, with helicopters zooming across the sky in an array forming the number 70, but the event also underlined President Xi Jinping's determination to make China the pre-eminent Asian power.

Pope receives Israel's Rivlin amid tensions

Pope Francis and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (left) meet at the Vatican on September 3, 2015Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was received by Pope Francis for the first time Thursday in what could be seen as a bid to ease tensions raised this year by the signing of a historic first accord between the Vatican and Palestine. The Vatican said the "cordial discussions" addressed "the political and social situation in the Middle East, affected by several conflicts, with special attention to the condition of Christians and other minority groups". Francis stressed the "urgency of promoting a climate of trust between Israelis and Palestinians" as well as "the resumption of direct negotiations" for "an agreement respecting the legitimate aspirations of the two populations".


Hungarian PM warns refugees 'threaten Europe's Christian identity'

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban answers questions during a press conference in Brussels, on September 3, 2015Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned Thursday that the wave of mostly Muslim refugees coming to Europe threatens to undermine the continent's Christian roots -- an idea rejected by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "If you're being overrun, you can't accept" migrants, Orban wrote in German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, adding that most were Muslims, not Christians and criticising the EU's "failed immigration policy". "The majority are not Christians but Muslims.


Q&A: What to look for with Guatemala's embattled president

Alexis Perez, an university student, cries as he celebrates that Congress voted to withdraw President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015. Perez Molina's government has been beset by a series of corruption cases, but until now he has been immune to prosecution as president. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — President Otto Perez Molina has resigned amid a corruption scandal after a judge issued an order to detain him in the case.


Guatemala president resigns amid corruption probe

Demonstrators wave Guatemalan flags as they celebrate that Congress voted to withdraw President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015. With all 132 lawmakers present in the 158-seat assembly voting to approve the historic measure, prosecutors are now free to file criminal charges against Perez Molina just like any other citizen, and a judge would be able to order his detention. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina resigned in the face of a corruption scandal that has brought his government to the brink, and arrived at court Thursday morning to hear the charges against him.


Iraqis face impossible dilemma in pursuit of German asylum dream

Refugees and migrants move along a railway line as they try to cross from Serbia into Hungary near Horgos on September 1, 2015On the Serbia-Hungary border (AFP) - For hours a group of Iraqis has been debating the next step as they stand on an abandoned train track that runs from northern Serbia near Kanjiza into southern Hungary, where police wait to take new arrivals to camps for registration. Unlike Syrians for whom Berlin has eased asylum rules, the Iraqis fear that if they first register their claim in Hungary, other EU countries they aim to reach will send them back to Budapest -- in line with the bloc's so-called Dublin regulations. For them, it is safer to choose the legal crossing because they do not know what they might face if they follow a smuggler under Hungary's newly-built border fence aimed at keeping the migrants out.


Correction: Mozambique-Facebook Defamation story

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — In a story Aug. 31 about a defamation trial in Mozambique, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the defendants were found guilty. No verdict was passed by the judge, who said the verdict and sentence will be issued on Sept. 16. AP also erroneously reported that three were on trial. Only two were on trial.

Otto Perez, Guatemala's fallen crime-fighter

Otto Perez speaks during a press conference in Guatemala City, on August 31, 2015Guatemala's disgraced ex-president Otto Perez Molina came to power in 2012 promising to crack down on crime, but resigned Thursday after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest over allegations of massive corruption. A spreading firestorm had engulfed his administration since April, when investigators blew the lid off what they say was a highly organized system in which businesses could bribe corrupt officials to clear their imports through customs at a fraction of the actual tax rate. The arrest warrant was the final straw for the 64-year-old retired general, who under Guatemalan law would have been automatically removed from office if remanded in custody pending trial.


The Latest: Guatemalan president resigns in corruption probe

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, center, leaves a press conference followed by his spokesman Jorge Ortega, in Guatemala City, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The head of Guatemala's congress says that lawmakers would decide on Tuesday whether to lift Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution in a corruption case, as recommended by a legislative committee. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The latest on the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (all times local):


Gold fever hits Poland with possible discovery of Nazi train

A German tourist takes picture of Ksiaz Castle in Walbrzych, Poland, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. In 1944 and early 1945 the Nazis were building bunkers for Adolf Hitler in the mountain under the castle and in other mountains around Walbrzych, a fact that has given rise to beliefs that they hid a gold train in one of the tunnels, while fleeing the Red Army. Two men claim they have located the train. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WALBRZYCH, Poland (AP) — The placid woodlands around this medieval castle town have suddenly become the hottest spot in Poland — as treasure hunters descend on the area in search of a mystery Nazi train said to be laden with gold.


Romania prime minister wants his corruption case resolved

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister, indicted on wide-ranging corruption charges, has called for his case to be resolved quickly.

FIFA reforms panel makes little progress at 1st meeting

FIFA Reform Committee Chairman Francois Carrad provides a brief update on the commitee's discussions, during a press conference in Bern, Switzerland, Thursday, Sept.3, 2015. (Marcel Bieri/Keystone via AP)BERN, Switzerland (AP) — A FIFA-appointed panel driving reforms of the crisis-hit governing body appeared to stall Thursday after its first outing.


European Central Bank ready to give eurozone more stimulus

President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept.3, 2015, following a meeting of the ECB governing council. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is ready to give the eurozone economy a bigger dose of stimulus if turmoil in China and weaker global growth hurt its modest recovery, President Mario Draghi said Thursday.


Family of drowned Syrian boy 'wanted to come to Canada'

Images of the slain toddler have dominated international headlinesThe family of a Syrian boy whose dead body washed up on a Turkish beach had been trying to emigrate to Canada, a report said Thursday. The bleak image of the lifeless toddler lying face down in the sand has become a poignant image of the plight of Syrian refugees and quickly went viral Wednesday. The Ottawa Citizen reported that the sister of the boy's father -- reportedly the only survivor of the family of four -- were the "subject of a 'G5' privately sponsored refugee application" that Canada's immigration authorities rejected in June.


Cameron resists pressure to take more Syrian refugees

Turkish authorities have identified the three-year-old as Aylan KurdiPrime Minister David Cameron on Thursday promised Britain would fulfil its "moral responsibilities" in the migrants crisis but resisted growing pressure at home and abroad to accept a bigger share of Syrian refugees. Cameron said he had been "deeply moved" by images of a three-year-old Syrian toddler found dead on a Turkish beach after a migrant boat sank but he stopped short of making any new commitments. "We do care," Cameron told reporters during a factory visit in northeast England, adding: "I think Britain is a moral nation that always fulfils its moral responsibilities".


Hong Kong hold China, Son shines for Korea

China's Yu Hanchao shoots at goal during a World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong in Shenzhen, southern China, on September 3, 2015China were frustrated 0-0 by Hong Kong in a politically fraught World Cup qualifier on Thursday as Son Heung-Min celebrated his move to Tottenham Hotspur with a hat-trick in South Korea's 8-0 thrashing of Laos. Japan finally got a win under coach Vahid Halilhodzic and Australia shrugged off internal problems to smash five past Bangladesh as Asia's big fish feasted on the region's minnows.


Father of drowned Syrian boys: Overloaded boat flipped

ADDS IDENTIFICATION OF CHILD A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The family — Abdullah, his wife Rehan and their two boys, 3-year-old Aylan and 5-year-old Galip — embarked on the perilous boat journey only after their bid to move to Canada was rejected. The tides also washed up the bodies of Rehan and Galip on Turkey's Bodrum peninsula Wednesday, Abdullah survived the tragedy. (AP Photo/DHA) TURKEY OUTANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The father of a 3-year-old boy photographed lying dead on a Turkish beach has described how their overloaded boat flipped over in the sea and he quickly realized his sons and his wife had drowned.


The Latest: Greece: No end in sight to the flood of migrants

A young boy presses his hand onto a train window in Bicske, Hungary, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)The latest Thursday on the European migrant crisis (all times GMT):


China cuts military manpower, but showcases strength at WWII parade

Military vehicles carrying shore-to-ship missiles drive past the Tiananmen Gate during a military parade in Beijing on September 3, 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan and the end of World War IIChina announced it would cut 300,000 troops to streamline its vast army Thursday, at a spectacular WWII anniversary parade where it put its military might on display but pledged to work for world peace. At he presided over an unmistakable show of strength that included the unveiling of "carrier-killer" ballistic missiles, President Xi Jinping vowed the People’s Liberation Army –- the world’s largest -- would be a force for good. With disquiet rising over China's increasing willingness to push its point in an array of territorial disputes, most Western leaders stayed away from the extravaganza in Tiananmen Square, where Chinese troops crushed democracy protests in 1989.


Sir Nicholas Winton has postage stamp in Czech Republic

A man takes pictures of a giant postage stamp dedicated to Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of Czech Jewish children from the Holocaust, during presentation in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday Sept. 2, 2015. (AP Photo, CTK/Roman Vondrous) SLOVAKIA OUTPRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Post has issued a postage stamp in honor of Sir Nicholas Winton, a humanitarian who organized mass evacuations of children to save them from Nazi concentration camps.


Ukraine: sufficient vaccine coming to block polio outbreak

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — One day after the World Health Organization confirmed two cases of polio in Ukrainian children, the country's health minister says efforts are underway to import enough vaccine to prevent an outbreak.

France, Germany agree binding migrant quotas needed: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel answers questions during a press conference in the Swiss capital Bern, on September 3, 2015Germany and France have agreed that the European Union, facing an unprecedented influx of migrants, should impose binding quotas on the numbers member states take in, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday. "I spoke this morning with the French president, and the French-German position, which we will transmit to the European institutions, is that we agree that ... we need binding quotas within the European Union to share the burden.


Global stocks gain; Europe's central bank promises support

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, shows a Wall Street address carved in the side of a building, in New York. World stocks rose Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, as a holiday in China gave investors a break from its torrid markets and the European Central Bank was expected to confirm its willingness to provide more stimulus to the eurozone, if needed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and global stocks rose Thursday as a holiday in China gave investors a break from the recent torrid swings in that country's markets. The European Central Bank said it was willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed, helping to send stocks higher there.


'My children slipped through my hands': Syrian father of drowned boy

Turkish authorities have identified the three-year-old as Aylan KurdiThe father of a three-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach Wednesday whose image shocked the world said his children "slipped through my hands" as their boat was taking in water en route to Greece. It was dark and everyone was screaming," Abdullah Kurdi told Turkey's Dogan news agency of the sinking that also killed his wife and 5-year old child.


'I am a soldier,' Congolese rebel tells war crimes trial

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda pictured in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court during the first day of his trial in The Hague on September 2, 2015The Hague (AFP) - Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda on Thursday told the International Criminal Court he was 'a soldier, not a criminal', breaking his silence for the first time since handing himself over in 2013.


French farmers stage 1,000-strong tractor protest in Paris

Farmers drive their tractors on the highway leading to Paris, Thursday, Sept.3, 2015. Hundreds of tractors were descending on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways to express their anger over falling French food prices and high taxes. They are protesting increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high payroll charges. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — More than 1,000 tractors — and a few cows — descended on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers who blocked highways to express their anger over falling prices for their goods and high taxes.


Turkey will keep its doors open to refugees: PM Davutoglu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will continue to keep its doors open to refugees, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a statement on Thursday, as he urged European countries to take their share of the burden. Turkey has borne the brunt of the humanitarian fallout from the war in neighbouring Syria, taking in around 2 million refugees. It has also become a jumping-off point for many migrants seeking to reach Europe, including a young toddler who drowned this week, making headlines around the world. (Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz, writing by Jonny Hogg)

Canada trade deficit narrows to Can$593 million in July

Analysts had forecast a much larger deficit of Can$1.4 billion, after a Can$811 million shortfall was posted in JuneCanada's trade deficit narrowed to Can$593 million (US$447 million) in July, the government statistical agency said Thursday. Exports increased 2.3 percent to Can$45.5 billion in July, led by foreign sales of passenger cars and light trucks, consumer goods, and aircrafts and parts, according to Statistics Canada. Canada shipped six percent less oil and crude bitumen in the month and 15 percent less refined petroleum energy products abroad.


New approach to old alliance for Saudi King and Obama

U.S. President Obama shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's King Salman at the start of a bilateral meeting at Erga Palacein RiyadhBy Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday, aiming to push him for more support in Riyadh's efforts to counter Iran after it agreed to a nuclear deal that will relieve Tehran of some international pressure. Despite Saudi disappointment with Obama's push for a nuclear deal with Iran and his lack of direct action against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the U.S. role in Riyadh's war in Yemen shows Washington remains the kingdom's core strategic partner.


Boat carrying migrant workers capsizes off Malaysia; 14 dead

Malaysia General Defense personnel sets up a rescue chart in Sabak Bernam, Malaysia on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Malaysian officials say a wooden boat crammed with migrant workers headed back to Indonesia has capsized, leaving at least 14 people dead.(AP Photo/Joshua Paul)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A wooden boat crammed with migrant workers who were headed back to Indonesia capsized Thursday off Malaysia's western coast, killing at least 14 people, a maritime official said.


Netanyahu defends Iran deal fight after Obama secures support

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is strongly opposed to the nuclear agreement between Iran and six major powersIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended Thursday his high-profile campaign to defeat the Iran nuclear deal after President Barack Obama secured enough backing to keep Congress from blocking it. Netanyahu has repeatedly spoken out strongly against the agreement between Iran and six major powers aimed at rolling back the Islamic republic's nuclear programme, even appearing before Congress in March. On Wednesday, Obama earned sufficient backing in Congress to uphold his veto should lawmakers pass a resolution that disapproves the deal.


Impala Platinum earnings drop 58 percent

A mine worker walks past an explosives sign at 14 Shaft of the Impala Platinum mine in Phokeng, the capital of the Bafokeng kingdom, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, on January 19, 2011Impala Platinum, the world's second biggest platinum producer, announced Thursday that its full-year profit slumped by 58 percent, as the industry suffers from the global decline of commodity prices. The Johannesburg-based company has been hit by China's economic slowdown, which spooked stock markets worldwide in recent weeks and sparked a rout in emerging market currencies. "The recent sharp decline in... prices has compounded the impact of the prolonged strike in 2014, which had a material negative effect on the group's overall financial position," the company said.


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