Monday, August 31, 2015

World News Briefs -- August 31, 2015

Reuters: Migrant trains reach Vienna, EU asylum rules under strain

Trains carrying hundreds of migrants started arriving in Vienna on Monday after Austrian authorities appeared to give up trying to apply European Union rules by filtering out refugees who had already claimed asylum in Hungary.

In the latest twist in a humanitarian and political crisis that is now testing the survival of both Europe's open-border regime and its asylum rules, Hungary allowed the migrants, many of them fleeing Syria's civil war, to cram into at least four trains leaving Budapest for Austria or Germany.


U.S., allies conduct 12 air strikes against Islamic State: U.S. military.

Islamic State fights Syrian rebels and 'moves closer to central Damascus'.

Syria ceasefire breaks down in three areas, monitor says.

Isil blows up another Palmyra temple. Palmyra's Temple of Bel 'still standing'.

Iran deal could open door to Gulf businesses.

Iran sentences 2 on spy charges.

You Stink! Thousands take to the streets in Lebanon as they protest against corruption, police brutality...and piles of rotting rubbish.


Thai police seek 2 new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe. 2 new suspects sought in Bangkok bombing case.

Thai police pay themselves reward for Bangkok bombing arrest.

Afghan police investigate gas poisoning at girls' school.

Myanmar's president signs off on law seen as targeting Muslims.

Blast reported at chemical plant in northern China.

China intensifies Internet censorship ahead of military parade.

China to open high-speed rail link to North Korean border.

U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts.

Mothers, students join Japan's protests over bills to expand country's military role.

India's economic growth slows to 7%.


South Sudan rebel leader: Cease-fire, peace pact in danger. South Sudan troops break ceasefire - Riek Machar. South Sudan rebels say peace deal at risk from ceasefire breaches.

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'spreads to Lagos'.

Car bomb damages Italy's ENI joint venture in Libyan capital.

Six elite soldiers killed in eastern Congo ambush.

Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali's fragile north.

Egypt's long awaited elections to be held in October.

UN: Hunger rises in Somalia as floods loom.

Ivorian opposition coalition threatens to obstruct elections.

Somalia warns of return to piracy.


Protesters, police clash over Ukraine reforms vote. Ukrainian guardsman killed in protests against vote on rebel autonomy.

Foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine by mid-Sept: Kremlin.

Ukrainian kids learn to fight at military summer camp.

Greek holiday island of Lesbos 'overwhelmed' by 13000 refugees and migrants.

Greek coastguard rescues 2,500 migrants over three days.

Austria inspects trucks for migrants, create 18-mile backup.

Czech President calls for Army to defend border against migrants.

Gold hunters blocked from site of alleged Nazi gold train. Poland backtracks on Nazi gold train find, asks for Army help.


Oregon Dem becomes 31st senator to support Iran deal.

New batch of Hillary Clinton emails to be released at 9 p.m.: State Department.

Colombia 'to reunite families in Venezuela border crisis'.

Border dispute forces Venezuelans to use ingenious ways to cross into Colombia.

Venezuela rejects US’ ‘interventionist’ offer to help solve Colombia border crisis.

Venezuela police shootings raise concerns about crime crackdown, but also draw support.

Brazil mayor who ran town via WhatsApp wanted for corruption.

Mount McKinley's Alaska name Denali is restored by Obama.


Pakistani official says Haqqani militants weakened, despite US concern.

Taliban admit covering up death of leader Mullah Omar for two years.

Cheney: Obama's Iraq withdrawal created ISIS.

Obama considering array of options for closing Guantanamo prison: White House.


Russia, Venezuela to discuss potential steps to stabilize oil prices.

Ashley Madison says site is 'still growing'.

Guinness World Records confident of future as it celebrates 60th anniversary.

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