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Thousands of people took to the streets of the German city of Dresden on Saturday to welcome refugees, an AFP journalist at the scene said, following a string of violent anti-migrant protests in the region.

New Orleans mourns dead, celebrates life on Katrina anniversary

New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Saturday, remembering the dead and joyously celebrating the "Big Easy's" comeback from disaster with marches and brass bands.

Hungary says anti-migrant barrier along Serb border complete

A razor-wire barrier along Hungary's border with non-EU member Serbia, aimed at keeping out migrants, has been completed, the Hungarian defence ministry said on Saturday.

15 held in Spain for smuggling migrants on water scooters

Fifteen people were arrested this month in Spain for smuggling Moroccan migrants into the country on water scooters, authorities said Saturday, terming it a "very dangerous practice.

Jailed Jazeera journalists all conflict-hardened veterans

The three journalists for Al-Jazeera television's English-language channel sentenced to three years after being convicted in a retrial of broadcasting false news are all conflict-hardened veteran correspondents.

Va. man jailed 4 months for alleged $5 theft found dead in cell

A young Virginia man jailed since April without bail for allegedly shoplifting $5 worth of snacks and soda from a convenience store has been found dead in his cell.

Tropical Storm Erika breaks up over Cuba

Erika broke up as it raked Cuba Saturday, bringing the drought-parched island heavy rains after the tropical storm earlier left at least 20 dead in the tiny island nation of Dominica.

Vatican paedophilia suspect died of heart problems: Autopsy

Initial autopsy results indicate that a former Polish archbishop who would have been the first high-ranking Catholic Church official to go on trial for paedophilia died of natural causes linked to heart problems, the Vatican said Saturday.

Sweden's far-right wants referendum on immigration

Sweden's far-right Sweden Democrats, which recently topped an opinion poll for the first time, want a referendum to be held on the country's generous immigration policy, its party leader said Saturday.

Polish 'gold train' city basks in Loch Ness Monster effect

Polish tour guide and ex-treasure-hunter Andrzej Gaik cannot contain his excitement as he points to the train track slope that has left the world spellbound: hidden in its depths may very well be a Nazi gold train.

Lebanese in mass 'You Stink' rally against politicians

Tens of thousands of protesters from across Lebanon staged a mass rally in downtown Beirut Saturday against a political class they accuse of corruption and failing to provide basic services.

South Sudan rebels, army trade blame for fresh fighting

South Sudan's army and rebels accused each other of sparking fresh fighting on Saturday in the north-east, hours before the start of a ceasefire to end a brutal 20-month civil war.

Europe ministers call for more train patrols, named tickets after France attack

European ministers called on Saturday for more multinational patrols and tickets marked with passengers' names on major continental trains in the wake of last week's foiled jihadist attack.

French thieves posed as Gulf tourists to steal hotel safes

Two men have been arrested in France suspected of stealing safes out of a dozen hotel rooms by posing as wealthy Gulf tourists, armed with a chisel and a stethoscope, police said Saturday.

Turkish planes join anti-IS coalition in Syria raid for first time

Turkish warplanes have for the first time joined raids by the US-led coalition against Islamic State positions in Syria, the foreign ministry said Saturday, after Washington urged Ankara to play a full role in the battle against the jihadists.

Police in Thailand arrest Bangkok bombing suspect

Police in Thailand have arrested the man they believe responsible for the bomb that killed 20 people and injured over 120 on August 17. They said the man is a foreigner but did not give out his nationality.

In first, headscarf-wearing woman named minister in Turkey

For the first time in the history of Turkey, a Muslim but secular country, a woman who wears an Islamic headscarf has been named as a government minister.

EU ministers to talk security in Paris after train attack

European ministers gathered in Paris on Saturday to discuss beefing up security on public transport following last week's foiled jihadist attack on a high-speed train.

Bangkok bomb suspect 'unlikely' international terrorist

Thailand's top police officer Saturday said a man arrested in connection with last week's deadly Bangkok bomb attack was "unlikely" to be an international terrorist and was motivated by a "personal feud".

Libya shipwreck toll rises to 111, dozens missing

Rescuers have retrieved from the sea the bodies of 111 migrants whose boat sank off the coast of Libya, the Red Crescent said on Saturday in a new toll.

South Sudan rebel chief orders ceasefire

South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar ordered his troops to lay down their arms in line with a ceasefire to end a 20-month civil war, his spokesman said Saturday.

French journalists charged with bid to blackmail Morocco king

Two French investigative journalists were charged with blackmail for demanding two million euros ($2.2 million) from the king of Morocco not to bring out a book purportedly containing damaging revelations about the monarch, legal sources said Saturday....

Egypt court hands Al-Jazeera reporters three years in jail

An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera reporters to three years in prison on Saturday, in a shock ruling that sparked international condemnation.

Split emerges in Japan's biggest 'yakuza' gang

A rift has emerged in Japan's largest "yakuza" organised crime syndicate, the government has said, with police warning that the split could lead to a wave of gang violence.

Hong Kong diamond thief swapped stone for fake: Police

A thief swapped a $220,000 diamond with a fake at a luxury jewellery store in Hong Kong, police said Saturday, as the city wrestles with an uptick in shop theft.The diamond, valued at around HK$1.

Malaysians jam capital to demand reform, PM's ouster

Tens of thousands of Malaysians swarmed central Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to call for the prime minister's ouster over corruption allegations and demand broader reforms, defying warnings by police who had declared the rally illegal.

Mounting toll of Turkey's 'martyrs' stirs controversy

It has become a familiar scene in Turkey over the past month. Another soldier is laid to rest, parents grieving as the coffin is draped with the Turkish flag under the merciless glare of television cameras.

Brief ceasefire between Syria regime, rebels ends

A truce between Syrian regime forces and rebel groups in three key towns ended early Saturday as the warring parties resumed clashes and shelling, a monitor and a mediator said.

UN brands Dutch 'Black Pete' a 'vestige of slavery'

The United Nations has called a Dutch character with a black face who appears every Christmas a "vestige of slavery" and said The Netherlands should begin overturning the popular tradition.

Obama to wage climate fight at Alaskan frontline

Alaska is often just a fuel stop for US presidents headed for Asia, but Barack Obama will spend three days in The Last Frontier next week and become the first sitting US president to visit the Alaskan Arctic, the setting of the most spectacular impacts...

Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn

Diplomats gather in Bonn from Monday to thrash out the draft of a climate-rescue pact to be adopted at a year-end UN conference in Paris.

Austria migrant tragedy suspects in custody as second truck found

Four suspects in Austria's migrant truck tragedy were remanded in custody in Hungary on Saturday, as Austrian police rescued three "severely dehydrated" refugee children packed into another vehicle.

Egypt court set to rule in Jazeera reporters' trial

An Egyptian court is set to rule Saturday in the retrial of three journalists with Al-Jazeera television's English-language news channel whose two-year ordeal sparked a global campaign for their release.

New Orleans mourns, celebrates 10 years after Katrina

New Orleans will mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Saturday with solemn memorials and boisterous brass bands as the "Big Easy" remembers those lost to the devastating storm and celebrates its resilience.

Kurdish forces free seven villages in Iraq: Officials

Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of the Islamic State group in northern Iraq in recent days, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists.

Maduro off to China, Vietnam in 'difficult times'

Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro will go cap in hand to China and Vietnam at the weekend, with his oil-rich country mired in recession.

Man's ear was home to 26 cockroaches

A man went to the hospital for an earache, and when doctors looked inside his ear, they found dozens of cockroaches living inside him.

The British government to use Twitter to combat the threat from ISIS

The popular social media site has become the latest tool in the British government's continuing struggle against the threat of Islamic extremism.

Venezuela expands Colombian border closure

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his country's spat with Colombia Friday by expanding the partial closure of their shared border to four new frontier towns.

Erika pounds Caribbean, killing at least 12 people

The latest information from the national Hurricane center at 5 p.m. indicates the track for tropical storm Erika is taking it over the Dominican Republic, and skirting the northern coast of Cuba. The forecast is for the storm to weaken over land.

Venezuelan row with Colombia an election ploy: Analysts

The escalating row over Venezuela's mass deportations of Colombians is less about neighborly strains than the economic crisis, crippling shortages and dismal popularity ratings facing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, analysts said Friday.
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