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Austria, Libya count dead as number of migrants crossing Mediterranean soars
Hungarian policemen arrest a Syrian migrant family after they entered Hungary at the border with Serbia, near RoszkeBy Karin Strohecker and Ahmed Elumami EISENSTADT, Austria/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Austria said on Friday 71 refugees including a baby girl were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck, while Libya recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe and scores more were feared dead. The U.N. refugee agency said the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe had passed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 in the whole of 2014. The victims - 59 men, 8 women and four children, including a girl of 1-2 years old - were probably from Syria, police said.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:33:26 -0400
Boat packed with migrants sinks off Libya; up to 200 feared dead
A view of the bodies of of dead migrants that were recovered by the Libyan coastguard after a boat sank off the coastal town of ZuwaraBy Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. A security official in the western town of Zuwara, from where the overcrowded boat had set off, said there had been around 400 people on board. By late in the evening, the Libyan coast guard rescued around 201, of which 147 were brought to a detention facility for illegal migrants in Sabratha, west of Tripoli, the official said, asking not to be named.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 02:40:12 -0400
Greece's Syriza to win election but face setback, poll shows
News ImageBy George Georgiopoulos and Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza will emerge as the biggest party after next month's election but without the sizeable margin it was hoping for, the first major opinion poll since he resigned last week showed. The survey also found that almost two thirds of voters felt Tsipras should not have sought a fresh mandate and that his favored coalition ally would not make it into parliament. Syriza was supported by 23 percent of those polled, with the conservative New Democracy party second on 19.5 percent, according to the survey, carried out by pollsters ProRata and published in Friday's Efimerida Ton Syntakton newspaper.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:41:26 -0400
U.S., China stress positives ahead of Xi trip
News ImageChina and the United States stressed the positives in their complex relationship on Friday during meetings between U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Chinese officials ahead of a U.S. visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next month. While the world's two largest economies have important mutual interests, like trying to rein in North Korea's nuclear program, deep disagreements exist over everything from Internet security to China's claims in the South China Sea. "We have seen our bilateral relationship evolve and strengthen in recent months.And we have found areas of broadened and deepened cooperation that we are certainly looking forward to building upon," Rice told China's top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:07:18 -0400
Saudi-led air strikes kill 10 people in central Yemen: officials
Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition killed 10 people in air raids in central Yemen on Friday, local officials said. One air strike targeted the home of a retired army brigadier in the central city of Ibb, killing him and five members of his family, the officials said. Four more people were killed in separate air strikes on military and security buildings in the city, the officials said. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:29:46 -0400
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