Saturday, October 29, 2016

Refugees exchange squalor of Calais for vineyards of Burgundy and other top stories.

  • Refugees exchange squalor of Calais for vineyards of Burgundy

    Refugees exchange squalor of Calais for vineyards of Burgundy
    Outside the Château de Montlaville in the wine village of Chardonnay, the faint tapping sound of a table tennis match coming from a veranda was the only sign of the 21 refugees who had been bussed from the squalid Calais camp to a temporary new home amid the vineyards of Burgundy. Calais minors lured from camp then abandoned by authorities “I’d forgotten what it felt like to sleep in a bed or to be warm,” said Ahmed, 25, who fled violence in Sudan and spent months in Calais living in a ..
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  • Germany announces 'zero tolerance' policy against creepy clowns ahead of Halloween

    Germany announces 'zero tolerance' policy against creepy clowns ahead of Halloween
    Scary clown masks at a Halloween store in Brooklyn. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) This Halloween will probably be different from previous years: Clowns have made headlines for weeks now, but not in a good sense. Now, there are fears in Europe and the United States that things could get much worse this weekend. On Friday, the German Interior Ministry made the issue a priority, with Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announcing a “zero tolerance” policy. Speaking to Chemnitz-based newspaper Fr..
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  • US election: FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's emails reignited by Anthony Weiner sexting investigation

    US election: FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's emails reignited by Anthony Weiner sexting investigation
    US election: FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's emails reignited by Anthony Weiner sexting investigation Updated October 29, 2016 18:12:11 The FBI is investigating whether emails uncovered during the sexting investigation of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner have links to Hillary Clinton's probe. Key points:The emails emerged through the FBI's separate sexting probe of former US Representative Anthony WeinerFBI says it is uncertain how significant the material ..
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  • Rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack

    Rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack
    Ellen Francis and Angus McDowallReutersSyrian rebels including jihadists have counter-attacked the army and its allies in a bid to break a siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents say.The assault on Friday, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city's western edge by rebels based in the countryside outside Aleppo.It included Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former affiliate of al-Qaeda previously known as the Nusra Front, and groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army (FSA)..
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  • Colombia child soldiers reluctant to leave FARC 'family' - rebel commander

    Colombia child soldiers reluctant to leave FARC 'family' - rebel commander
    Colombia child soldiers reluctant to leave FARC 'family' - rebel commander By Reuters Published: 12:51 EST, 28 October 2016 | Updated: 12:51 EST, 28 October 2016 By Anastasia MoloneyBOGOTA, Oct 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The release of scores of child soldiers from Colombia's FARC rebel group is a top priority, but some are reluctant to leave because they fear an uncertain future away from the insurgents they view as family, a guerrilla commander said.Victoria Sandino, a comma..
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  • Americans Airlines passengers evacuated after flight bursts into flames in Chicago

    Americans Airlines passengers evacuated after flight bursts into flames in Chicago
    Passengers Evacuate Burning Plane at Chicago Airport 0:47An American Airlines plane burst into flames on the tarmac at O?Hare International Aiport, in Chicago, on Friday, October 28. According to local media, several ambulances rushed to the scene but it was unclear if there had been any injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration tweeted that the plane blew a tire, causing the fire. One evacuated passenger shared a video of others leaving..
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  • Assange denied leave to attend funeral

    Assange denied leave to attend funeral
    Australian Associated PressWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has labelled Sweden's chief prosecutor "callous" for refusing him permission to leave his embassy refuge in London to attend a friend's funeral.Swedish prosecutors say the WikiLeaks founder's request to attend Monday's funeral has been dismissed on procedural grounds and nothing in Swedish legislation permitted such exceptions.Assange said in a statement on Friday he sought permission from Sweden's chief prosecutor Marianne Ny to attend..
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  • Pressure on Myanmar over Rakhine abuses

    Pressure on Myanmar over Rakhine abuses
    YANGON - Allegations that Myanmar soldiers are killing, raping and torturing villagers in Rakhine, a restive region that is home to the persecuted Muslim Rohingya, must be independently investigated, rights groups said. Northern Rakhine has been under a military lockdown since an attack on border guards three weeks ago left nine policeman dead. The government has blamed the raids on Rohingya militants and a search for the culprits has seen more than 30 people killed and dozens arrested, accord..
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  • Britain votes against global nuclear ban

    Britain votes against global nuclear ban
    THE government has been slammed for opposing negotiations for a global nuclear ban at the United Nations general assembly. At a meeting of the assembly on Thursday 123 out of 177 countries voted for a resolution on opening international negotiations in 2017. Just 38 countries voted against the resolution — including Britain — and 16 abstained. Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) general secretary Kate Hudson said: “It’s very encouraging to see so many countries say loud and clear it’s time f..
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