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Tropical storm Erika has gained a little strength as she continues to churn her way across the Caribbean. With sustained winds from the center at 50 mph, Erika is moving in a westerly route at 16 mph.

Catalonia prepares for key vote on its future in Spain

Catalan political parties sharpened their knives on Thursday one month ahead of a key regional election which separatists want to use as a plebiscite on secession from Spain.

Guatemalan president faces mounting calls to resign

The Guatemalan comptroller's office called Thursday for President Otto Perez to resign over a swirling corruption scandal, the latest blow to the embattled and increasingly isolated leader.

Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa

Israel wants to use its cutting-edge agricultural technology to improve food production -- and win friends -- across Africa, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.

Stench of death as Austria finds truck loaded with migrant bodies

When Austrian police opened the back of an abandoned lorry parked on the side of a motorway on Thursday morning, their eyes took in "an atrocious sight".

Rome district council dissolved due to mafia influence fears

A district council in southern Rome has been dissolved due to concerns over mafia infiltration, Italy's interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced after a cabinet meeting Thursday.

Ukraine clashes kill eight, hurting push for new truce

Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on Thursday reported the death of eight people in fresh clashes that endanger nascent talks on a new truce agreement for the war-torn separatist east.

Former Ukraine rebel head starts support group for Russian fighters

A former leader of pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine on Thursday announced he was launching a support network for Russian volunteers who fought in the conflict and the families of those killed.

Greek archaeologists discover 17th century BC palace near Sparta

An archaeological dig in Greece has discovered a 10-room palace from the 17th-16th century BC at a site of ancient ruins near Sparta. The Ministry of Culture said the palace dates back to the Mycenaean Age and the site revealed a host of artifacts.

Five killed in clashes in Turkey's restive southeast

Five people, including two children and a soldier, were killed in clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in Turkey's restive Kurdish-majority southeast on Thursday, local officials and the army said.

Final MH17 report due October 13: Dutch investigators

The final report into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine last year will be released in October 13, Dutch investigators said on Thursday.

U.S. journalist killings revive gun control debate

The brazen killing of two US journalists during a live television broadcast by a former reporter who was fired by the station reignited calls Thursday for tougher gun control in America -- though hope for change is limited.

Estonia to build fence along Russian border

Estonia on Thursday said it would build a fence along its eastern border with Russia to safeguard its security and to protect the EU's passport-free Schengen zone.Interior ministry spokesman Toomas Viks said construction would begin in 2018.

Rumoured discovery of Nazi train sets off Polish gold rush

The alleged discovery of a Nazi "gold train" in western Poland has perked up the ears of treasure-hunters to such a degree that the government felt the need Thursday to warn them it could be booby-trapped.

S.Sudan rebels question government commitment to peace deal

A peace deal aimed at ending 20 months of civil war in South Sudan was given a cautious welcome Thursday, but rebels condemned government reservations that undermine fundamental parts of the accord.

NATO opens training centre in Georgia amid Russia tensions

NATO on Thursday opened a training centre in Georgia as the ex-Soviet country eyes closer partnership with the Western military alliance amid tensions with Russia.

What's in a name? The debate over labelling migrants and refugees

Are they "migrants" or "refugees"? "Clandestini" or "illegals"? Deciding how to label the huge numbers of people moving around the globe has proved a thorny and politically-loaded question for governments and the media.

U.S. 'to deploy heavy weapons to Poland in 2016'

Poland's defence minister said Thursday the United States would deploy heavy weapons to the EU state next year, as regional tensions run high over Russia and the conflict in Ukraine.

N. Korea negotiator hails 'turning-point' for ties with South

One of the two North Korean negotiators involved in recent crisis talks with South Korea spoke Thursday of a "dramatic turning-point" for relations between the two countries.

At least 20 migrants found dead in truck on Austria highway

At least 20 migrants have been found dead inside a truck on a highway in Austria, police said Thursday, the latest tragedy involving people desperately trying to reach Europe.

Palestinians set dates for first congress in two decades

Palestinian leaders have set September 15-16 as the dates for their first congress in nearly 20 years after president Mahmud Abbas announced his resignation as head of a top executive body.

IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria

A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in the key battleground province of Anbar, as the jihadists made gains in neighbouring Syria.

South Sudan peace deal welcomed, with caution

A deal signed by South Sudan's president aimed at ending 20 months of civil war was given a cautious welcome Thursday, with both sides in the conflict urged to show good faith.

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong charged over protests

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong slammed police Thursday for what he called a "political prosecution" after he was charged over protests which led to last year's mass pro-democracy street rallies.

China arrests 12 over Tianjin blasts as toll rises

Chinese police have arrested 12 people over giant explosions that killed at least 145 people and devastated a swathe of a Chinese port city, state media said Thursday as prosecutors probe 11 officials for neglecting their duties.

Malaysia to block websites 'promoting' rally against PM

Malaysia's government said Thursday it will block access this weekend to websites that disseminate information about a major demonstration that will demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over graft allegations.

Newborn dies after rat bites in Indian hospital: Mother

A newborn has died after being bitten by rats in a government-run hospital in southern India where he was undergoing treatment, the baby's mother alleged Thursday.

Ukraine averts default with major debt write-down deal

Ukraine said Thursday it has reached a crucial debt restructuring deal that will see lenders accept a 20-percent write-down and keep global markets open to the cash-strapped ex-Soviet state.

Feeling hangry? It'll soon be wine o'clock

Don't worry if you're feeling hangry, you could nibble on barbacoa and freekeh until wine o'clock. That would be awesomesauce.Oxford University Press on Thursday announced its quarterly update to OxfordDictionaires.

South Africa sets date for Pistorius parole review: Family

The South African review board that will decide on the release of Oscar Pistorius is to meet on September 18, his family said Thursday, after the Paralympian's parole was delayed last week.

IS advances against rebels in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Islamic State group fighters seized five villages from rebel forces in Syria's northern Aleppo province overnight and entered the outskirts of a key opposition bastion there, a monitor said Thursday.

UK net migration hits record level over 12 months

Net migration to Britain has hit record levels, official figures showed Thursday, with the difference between migrants leaving and arriving in Britain rising to around 329,000 in the year to March.

Refugee wave into hotspot Hungary hits new record high

As Hungary scrambles to ramp up defences on its border with Serbia, refugees continued to surge into the country in record numbers, police figures confirmed Thursday.

HRW urges coalition to stop using cluster bombs in Yemen

Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged the Saudi-led coalition battling Iran-backed rebels in Yemen to stop using cluster munitions, saying it had uncovered new evidence of their devastating impact.

Budapest train stations morph into makeshift refugee camps

As Europe's migrant crisis hits Hungary with full force, Budapest's train stations have begun to resemble refugee camps, with families fleeing war and hardship scattered about on blankets, with babies in their midst.

Drone kills five Qaeda suspects in Yemen stronghold

An apparent US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda suspects in the extremist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, a government official said Thursday.

Dozens killed as Somali Shebab ambush troops: government

Dozens have been killed in Somalia after Shebab gunmen ambushed an army convoy, officials and local elders said Thursday, the latest battles with the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents.

Syria regime, rebels agree new truce for three towns

A new 48-hour truce between Syrian regime forces and rebels in three towns entered into force on Thursday after negotiations, a mediator and a monitoring group said.

Recalling their own war, Belgraders embrace Syrian refugees

Gordan Paunovic couldn't sleep the night after he met a Syrian refugee family in a Belgrade park, where hundreds of migrants pause for a rest before continuing their journey towards EU.

Nigeria marks 500 days since schoolgirls seized by Boko Haram

Relatives of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram marked 500 days since their abduction Thursday, with hope of their rescue dwindling despite fresh efforts to end the insurgency.

Shock, tears as TV station grapples with on-air murders

On any other day, Nadine Maeser would have been out and about, doing her job, covering the darker side of southern Virginia for WDBJ television.
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