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EU Ministers Call Emergency Meeting To Discuss Migrant Crisis

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Aug 31 2015

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Refugees from the Middle East are silhouetted against the setting sun as they walk on railway tracks from Serbia, in Roszke, Hungary, on Sunday.

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Refugees from the Middle East are silhouetted against the setting sun as they walk on railway tracks from Serbia, in Roszke, Hungary, on Sunday.

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European ministers have called for an emergency summit to discuss the hundreds of thousands of migrants who are pouring into European countries.

As The New York Times reports, almost as soon as Germany, France and the U.K. made the call, Luxembourg, which currently holds the EU presidency, obliged by setting a meeting date for Sept. 14 in Brussels.

The Times reports:

“What is most urgent, the interior ministers of the three countries said, is agreement on the establishment of welcome centers in Greece and Italy to house, feed and screen migrants and asylum seekers, and to decide who should be allowed to remain as a legal refugee and who should be sent back home.

“Similarly, the ministers said, the European Union must agree on a list of ‘safe countries of origin,’ from which people would be considered migrants, not refugees, and therefore allowed to be sent home. The ministers’ appeal included the prospect of an emergency summit meeting of bloc leaders to follow.”

The Guardian reports that this migrant crisis, which has been driven by refugees fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, is unprecedented. In July alone, 100,000 migrants entered Europe and more than 340,000 have done so this year.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“Pressure is building on the EU to step up its efforts as the number of tragedies involving migrant deaths mounts—and occur closer to home. An estimated 200 migrants drowned Thursday after two boats capsized off the coast of Libya, the same day a truck containing 71 dead migrants was discovered in Austria near the Hungarian border.

“And on Friday, Austrian police stopped another truck, this time with 26 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, close to the German border. The group included three children in an advanced stage of dehydration. On Sunday, the police said the children had recovered and left the hospital with their parents.

“By Sunday afternoon, Austrian forensic experts had performed 16 autopsies on the migrants discovered in the truck last week, a police spokeswoman said. Though authorities said it was too soon to determine the timing or cause of death they noted that the truck’s cargo had no openings for ventilation on its sides, suggesting the migrants—59 men, eight women and four children — suffocated.”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/31/436250451/eu-ministers-call-emergency-meeting-to-discuss-migrant-crisis?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Buddhist And Muslim Relations Underly Southeast Asia Refugee Crisis

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Aug 31 2015

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has a crisis. The ethnic Buddhists and minority Muslims fought in 2012, and that incident underlies the “boat people” crisis facing several Southeast Asian nations.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/08/31/436229704/relations-between-buddists-and-muslims-underly-southeast-asia-refugee-crisis?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Thai Police Issue Arrest Warrants For 2 More Bombing Suspects

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Aug 31 2015

Police in Thailand are looking for two new suspects, a woman and a man, in connection with a bombing in Bangkok that left 20 dead.

Michael Sullivan filed this report from Thailand for Newscast:

“One of the suspects is a 26-year-old woman, a Thai, her picture shown today on national television — a photo of a young woman wearing a headscarf. A sketch of the man was also shown. Police did not identify him by name or nationality. The national police spokesman said bomb-making materials were found on Sunday after police raided an apartment rented by the Thai woman.

“On Saturday, police made their first arrest in the case, a man whose identity and nationality have not been released. That arrest is believed to have led to Sunday’s raid and the new warrants. No group has taken responsibility for the attack on the Erawan Shrine in the commercial heart of the capital two weeks ago. Most of the dead were foreigners. Four from mainland China and two from Hong Kong.”

Reuters reports that the police search of the property in the city’s Min Buri district turned up fertilizer, digital watches and an explosives detonator. The news service adds that during Saturday’s raid and arrest, police “seized several kinds of explosives and more than 200 passports.”

Over the weekend, Thailand’s police chief also awarded his own employees the $84,000 reward for the arrest.

The BBC reports:

“Somyot Pumpanmuang said the officers deserved it as there had been no public tip-off to help them.

“Police chief Pumpanmuang said that the Thai police should be credited for capturing the suspect.

” ‘The accomplished work that led to the arrest is truly the work of the authorities and their investigative abilities. This was the work of the Thai authorities, there were no tip-offs,’ he added.”

The New York Times reports that the man might not be the government’s prime suspect. The police chief, the newspaper reports, made the announcement of the arrest and the reward holding a bag full of money.

The Times adds:

“The decision quickly added to criticism on social media over police handling of the bombing investigation. Many Thais have expressed doubt that the bombing will be solved, citing a reputation Thai police have for corruption and forcing confessions.

“Within days of the blast, Somyot said he was offering a 1 million baht ($28,000) reward to help find the perpetrators. The sum quickly tripled after he said two of his friends who wished to remain nameless had chipped in 2 million baht ($56,000) more.”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/31/436293189/thai-police-issue-arrest-warrants-for-two-more-bombing-suspects?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Spanish And Arabic Mixes In Accused Terrorist’s Home Town

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Aug 30 2015

The accused terrorist in the recent foiled train attack in France is a Moroccan who lived in Algeciras, Spain. It’s a diverse port city where immigrants are well integrated.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/08/30/436013169/spanish-and-arabic-mixes-in-accused-terrorists-home-town?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Rio’s Favelas Feel The Peace — And The Pressure — Of Pacification

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Aug 30 2015

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Protesters hold a sign Saturday that reads, in Portuguese, “Don’t kill our children,” in a march against police and gang conflicts that have left residents of the Complexo de Alemao favela in the crossfire.

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Protesters hold a sign Saturday that reads, in Portuguese, Don't kill our children, in a march against police and gang conflicts that have left residents of the Complexo de Alemao favela in the crossfire.

Protesters hold a sign Saturday that reads, in Portuguese, “Don’t kill our children,” in a march against police and gang conflicts that have left residents of the Complexo de Alemao favela in the crossfire.

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On a Saturday morning, in a group of Rio de Janeiro’s notoriously violent shanty towns, or favelas, heavily armed pacification police stand on one side of the street, on the other side, protestors call for them to withdraw.

On the protest side, Mayse Freitas lists the people she knows who have been injured or killed in shootouts in the area recently.

“I’m a mother and a grandmother,” Freitas says. “I don’t want my children or grandchildren to be next.”

Six years ago, the police moved into Rio’s notorious favelas in a pacification project aimed to reduce violence in the city’s worst neighborhoods, violence that was daily and brazen. The government was hoping to reduce crime ahead of the Olympics next summer.

But in Freitas’ group of favelas, called Complexo de Alemao, pacification has been a failure, she says.

“There is no pacification here,” she says. “What we have is a war. Criminals against police, fighting over who are the more powerful the more influential. And who suffers? We do.”

In some of the larger favela complexes, where armed traffickers are more entrenched, police pacification units, known as UPPs, have been much more heavy-handed. In Alemao, shootings in which residents are caught in the crossfire are common.

Police have been discovered trying to plant weapons on innocent bystanders. There have even been cases of forced disappearances and torture. Traffickers have also attacked and surrounded pacification police outposts, and many cops have been injured and some killed.

But the pacified favela of Vidigal feels completely different: relaxed and quiet. Visitors are ferried up to the top of the community by motorcycle to take ocean-view snaps or stay at guesthouses.

“Here it is peaceful,” says resident Carlos Pedroso. “I go to other pacified favelas, and it is also much better than before.”

Vidigal and a clutch of other favelas that are doing well are close to the tourism areas of Leblon and Copacabana. They are also smaller, and in many cases, pacification was followed by investment in infrastructure and social welfare spending.

“They are not a single experience,” says Ignacio Cano, an expert on pacification with Rio de Janeiro’s State University. “The situation varies a lot from some communities to others. Anything good or bad which has happened in the last five, six years in terms of public security in Rio has systematically been attributed to the UPPs.”

But the data, he says, show that the situation is much more complicated.

Since pacification began in 2008, UPPs are now in 38 communities encompassing 264 separate favelas — only a quarter of the total number of favelas in Rio.

Cano says between the program’s start and 2012, Rio saw a steep decline in homicides and robberies all over the city. Inside favelas with UPPS, homicide rates were actually halved.

He says before pacification, there was no state presence in most of these informal communities.

“They have given us an alternative paradigm for public security,” he says. “After the UPPs, even though the results are mixed, I think there is a clear perception that there is another way to deal with insecurity.”

But there are still many problems. Recently, crime is again on the rise. There had been a hope that this type of community policing would change the extremely violent police culture in Rio, but that hasn’t happened.

“The relationship between the police and the communities are still very tense and very bad in many UPP communities,” Cano says. “Most policemen don’t want to work in the UPPs, so the degree of internal legitimacy is very low.”

Still, analysts say pacification has been a net positive for the city, and simply ending the program would be disastrous. So far, the promise is that the program will continue through at least 2018, beyond next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

But a massive economic crisis currently grips Brazil.

“The state has already cut its budget by over 25 percent when it comes to public security,” says Robert Muggah, a specialist with the IGARAPE Institute, which studies public security in Rio. “There is a big question mark looming over all of this, which is whether the Brazilian government can sustain financing for these kinds of innovative models.”

UPP commander Lt. Carlos Viega in Vidigal says the pacification program is already feeling the pinch.

“It’s important to have a budget to meet our needs” he says. “We can try to be more efficient. But we need more money, as sometimes we feel we are kind of alone out here.”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/08/30/435993447/rios-favelas-feel-the-peace-and-the-pressure-of-pacification?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Refugee Children Rescued In Austria Reportedly Disappear From Hospital

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Aug 30 2015

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Inspektor Jan Gieber of Austrian police shows the inside of the large van outside the police station in Braunau, Upper Austria, on Sunday, where the children were found among 26 migrants trying to reach Europe.

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Inspektor Jan Gieber of Austrian police shows the inside of the large van outside the police station in Braunau, Upper Austria, on Sunday, where the children were found among 26 migrants trying to reach Europe.

Inspektor Jan Gieber of Austrian police shows the inside of the large van outside the police station in Braunau, Upper Austria, on Sunday, where the children were found among 26 migrants trying to reach Europe.

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Three refugee children who were rescued from a minivan as they were being smuggled into Europe have reportedly disappeared from a hospital where they were being treated for dehydration.

Meanwhile, there were more arrests in a similar case in Austria last week in which 71 migrants were found dead in a truck.

The Syrian children, two girls and a boy aged five and six, were part of a group of 26 migrants also from Afghanistan and Bangladesh who were pulled over by police near the town of St. Peter am Hart, near the German border. The refugees were crammed into the vehicle and described by medical officials as being near death.

Police said they van was intercepted after a chase with police and that its Romanian driver was arrested.

“The emergency doctor told us they would not have made it much longer — two, maybe three hours,” said David Furtner, police spokesman for Upper Austria province, according to Reuters.

But the BBC reports that the children and their families, who faced deportation, had disappeared from the hospital.

Last week, 71 would-be migrants from war-torn North Africa and the Middle East were found dead after apparently suffocating in a truck that was abandoned along Austria’s A4 autobahn.

The Independent reports:

“A fifth suspect of Bulgarian citizenship was arrested today by Hungarian police in connection with the deaths.

“Austrian police have said that they believe the migrants suffocated after autopsies were performed on 16 of the bodies.

“Three Bulgarians and one Afghan citizen are currently under arrest pending an investigation in Hungary. They face up to 16 years in prison for trafficking in Hungary plays murder charges in Austria.”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/30/436049255/refugee-children-rescued-in-austria-reportedly-disappear-from-hospital?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Egypt Court Sentences 3 Al-Jazeera Journalists To 3-Year Prison Terms

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Aug 29 2015

Three Al Jazeera English journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 3 years and 6 months in prison in a controversial case that’s dragged on for nearly 2 years.

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Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced In Egypt To 3 Years In Prison

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Aug 29 2015

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Al-Jazeera English television journalist Mohamed Fahmy talks to his lawyer Amal Clooney before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday. Fahmy and two others were sentenced to three years in prison on terrorism-related charges.

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Al-Jazeera English television journalist Mohamed Fahmy talks to his lawyer Amal Clooney before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday. Fahmy and two others were sentenced to three years in prison on terrorism-related charges.

Al-Jazeera English television journalist Mohamed Fahmy talks to his lawyer Amal Clooney before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday. Fahmy and two others were sentenced to three years in prison on terrorism-related charges.

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A trio of journalists from Al-Jazeera English has been found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison after their re-trial in an Egyptian courtroom on terrorism-related charges.

Mohammad Fahmy, a Canadian, and Baher Mohammad, an Egyptian producer for the Qatar-based network, were on hand for the Saturday sentencing hearing. They were immediately taken into custody. The third defendant, Australian Peter Greste, was deported in February and sentenced in absentia.

The three had been accused with having links to a “terrorist organization” and for “spreading false news” — charges widely viewed by rights organizations as trumped up and politically motivated.

The Sydney Morning Herald clarifies that specifically, they were convicted of “operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt.” The “terrorist organization” in question is the Muslim Brotherhood, now banned in Egypt.

The three were arrested in December 2013 while working for Al-Jazeera and spent 400 days in jail before their original conviction was overturned in January.

Al-Jazeera Media Network’s Acting Director-General Mostefa Souag said was a verdict that “defies logic and common sense.”

“The whole case has been heavily politicized and has not been conducted in a free and fair manner,” he said.

NPR’s Leila Fadel, speaking with Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon, called the sentences “shocking.”

“There had been indications that the government wanted this to go away,” she said.

The New York Times reports:

“It wasn’t immediately clear how the sentence would affect the three men, although lawyers said they would be asking for a pardon from President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has personally spoken out against the case.

“Greste … spoke to Al-Jazeera from Sydney and said he believed an Egyptian appeals court would overturn the verdict. …

“‘We broke no laws, we did nothing unethical or illegal or immoral. And so it’s just incomprehensible to see how the court can come to this conclusion,’ Greste said, adding that the verdict was ‘clearly political.’”

Amal Clooney, a lawyer for Fahmy, called on Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to overturn the court’s decision, The Guardian reports.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/29/435770463/al-jazeera-journalists-sentenced-in-egypt-to-3-years-in-prison?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Thai Police Make Arrest Possibly Linked To Deadly Shrine Bombing

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Aug 29 2015

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A Thai Royal Police handout photo taken with a mobile phone showing an unidentified suspect, who police say may be linked to the Aug. 17 shrine bombing.

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A Thai Royal Police handout photo taken with a mobile phone showing an unidentified suspect, who police say may be linked to the Aug. 17 shrine bombing.

A Thai Royal Police handout photo taken with a mobile phone showing an unidentified suspect, who police say may be linked to the Aug. 17 shrine bombing.

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Police in Bangkok says they have arrested a suspect that they think was involved in the deadly shrine bombing earlier this month that killed 20 people and wounded more than 120 others.

A foreigner was taken into custody today, Gen. Somyot Poompanmoung, the head of Thailand’s national police force, told reporters.

He said authorities had also “seized a lot of evidence, including bomb-making materials.” Somyot added that it was too early to say for sure that the suspect was involved in the Aug. 17 bombing of the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok.

Asked about a motive, however, he offered: “it’s a personal grudge … not international terrorism.” He did not elaborate or give a clear explanation, The Associated Press says.

The New York Times reports that: “The arrest on Saturday was made at an apartment in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood in the northern suburbs of Bangkok.”

Meanwhile, national police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said in a televised statement that the bomb-making materials matched those used in the attack on the shrine.

“Our preliminary investigation shows that he is related to both bombings,” Prawuth said, as he showed photographs of detonators, ball bearings and a metal pipe that police said could have been used to make another bomb.

Prawuth also said police had found “a number of passports from one country,” but he declined to say which country.

The AP reports:

“Earlier, Prawuth said that authorities had not yet determined his nationality and dismissed Thai news reports saying he is Turkish. Images of a Turkish passport with the apparent suspect’s picture were posted on social media.

“‘The passport you see is fake,’ said Prawuth, referring to the online photos. ‘We don’t know if he is Turkish or not.’”

The BBC adds:

“Photos handed out by the police show a man with short dark hair and a beard and wearing a yellow shirt and trousers sitting handcuffed at the house.

But he may not be the prime suspect who was seen on security camera leaving a backpack at the busy shrine shortly before deadly the blast earlier this month.”

“ThaiPBS reported that the suspect first rented room 412 on July 21. A police source who declined to be named told the news agency [Deutsche Press-Agentur] that the tip came from the landlord, who grew suspicious because the suspect did not speak Thai and rented five rooms on the same floor of the building,” The Bangkok Post writes.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/29/435786206/thai-police-make-arrest-possibly-linked-to-deadly-shrine-bombing?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Has A Long-Lost Nazi Train Packed With Gold Been Found In Poland?

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Aug 28 2015

Officials in Poland are investigating claims that two men have discovered a Nazi-era train full of gold. Two men, who want a finder’s fee, say they found it in an abandoned coal mine.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/08/28/435416088/has-a-long-lost-nazi-train-packed-with-gold-been-found-in-poland?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world