More than 10,0000 people from the small European country have offered to host Syrian refugees. Renee Montagne talks to Tryggvi Adalbjornsson, a reporter with Icelandic National Radio.
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Thai police have arrested a second foreign suspect in the country’s deadliest bombing. They don’t know if he’s the yellow-shirted man seen leaving a backpack at the scene on the day of the bombing.
Barbara Mikulski becomes 34th Senator to endorse the White House-backed Iran nuclear agreement.
Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Wednesday that she will support the Iran nuclear agreement, giving the White House the final vote needed to protect the accord from a Republican-led effort to defeat the measure.
With her endorsement, Mikulski became the crucial 34th vote needed to sustain President Obama’s expected veto should Congress pass a measure to block the agreement.
In a statement, Mikulski says:
“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this [agreement] is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel.”
Congress is set to vote on a resolution of disapproval when it returns from the summer recess later this month.
Mikulski’s support comes a day after two other Democratic holdouts, Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced they were backing the measure.
Only two Senate Democrats have announced they will not support the deal: New York’s Chuck Schumer and New Jersey’s Bob Menendez.
No Senate Republicans have expressed support for the Iran deal.
U.S. boaters are frustrated by new rules meant to tighten security along the border. Residents along the St. Lawrence River say the rules are complicating their lives and interfering with water fun.
Children sleep on the outdoor floor of the Keleti railway station in Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday.
A flood of migrants, including refugees from Syria and Afghanistan, are now stranded in Budapest after the Hungarian government closed down the city’s main train terminal.
Authorities had been allowing migrants to travel to Western Europe without checking passports, but on Tuesday, the station was closed and migrants began protesting.
“About 1,000 migrants congregated outside Keleti station, in the east of the city, as it was evacuated on Tuesday. It was closed briefly and public announcements said no trains would be leaving. But it soon reopened to non-migrant passengers, with lines of police preventing migrants from going through the main entrance.
“The move came amid chaotic scenes after hundreds of migrants had tried to board services to Austria and Germany. Some complained that they had paid hundreds of euros for tickets, and called for the station to be reopened so that they could continue their journey.
“Many of the migrants have been waiting at Keleti station for days. Reporters said they are mainly Syrians, Afghans and Eritreans.”
As we’ve been reporting, Europe is in the midst of an acute migrant crisis. In July, more than 100,000 migrants entered Europe. More than 340,000 have done so this year.
European ministers have called an emergency meeting for Sept. 14 to talk about how to deal with the crisis.
To try to stem the tide, Hungary erected 100 miles of razor-wire fence along the Serbian border.
The BBC took a trip there to find out how that was working:
Russian President Vladimir Putin wore a white T-shirt and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wore black to exercise during their meeting at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Russian tabloids and TV channels had a field day this week with newly released pictures of President Vladimir Putin working out at a gym with his prime minister.
The president and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev are shown using the exercise equipment at Putin’s residence near the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, where Putin appears to mentor his workout buddy on the use of the machines.
Afterward, they grill a manly meal of steaks for breakfast and clink teacups in a toast. There’s an opportunity for symbolism, there, too. In Russia, tea is considered a more down-to-earth, more quintessentially “Russian” beverage than coffee.
Putin and Medvedev clinked teacups during lunch.
The scene is in keeping with Putin’s well-burnished image as an active, athletic man who likes adventure.
Last week, the Russian media were also agog at rumors that Putin, 62, might be dating a former super-middleweight women’s boxing champion, Natalia Ragozina.
The 39-year-old blonde, known as “Sledgehammer,” sat between Putin and Medvedev at an international Sambo martial arts tournament.
Putin’s image is very carefully controlled, and all such photos must be approved and released by the Kremlin.
The latest photo blitz may be part of a government effort to boost the president’s approval ratings, which have dipped slightly as low oil prices and Western sanctions eat away at Russia’s prosperity.
Putin’s ratings, hyped by uniformly positive coverage on Russia’s state-run media, would still be the envy of most Western politicians.
A recent poll shows that 72 percent of Russians would have voted for him in August, down from 76 percent in May.
It’s noteworthy that Putin is being shown in such friendly and intimate relations with Medvedev. The two changed places from 2008 to 2012, when Putin was forced to leave the presidency because of term limits.
When the two men announced in 2011 that Putin would run for president again, the news triggered mass protests in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities.
After Putin was reelected, the government cracked down on the opposition.
The pair strolled in tracksuits during their meeting.
Because Medvedev was seen as a liberal, some analysts believed that he would quickly be eased out of his job as prime minister, but that no longer seems to be in the cards.
At least once a year, the Kremlin releases footage of Putin engaged in some new stunt.
Earlier this month, he and Medvedev rode a mini-submarine on a dive in the Black Sea to inspect an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Crimea.
The wreck, more than 270 feet below the surface, was reportedly discovered by Russian divers earlier this year.
The ship dates from Byzantine times, and Putin told reporters that he hoped the discovery would help in the study of Russia’s “historical development.”
The two showed their grill skills.
After Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in March of last year, Putin has often referred to the idea that Russia’s connection to the region dates back to medieval times.
Many of these stunts were later criticized as being staged for publicity.
In 2011, for instance, Putin was shown diving in the Black Sea and emerging with two ancient amphorae that he purportedly discovered in about six feet of water.
Aides later acknowledged that the suspiciously clean clay jugs “may” have been planted for the president to find.
Refugees from the Middle East are silhouetted against the setting sun as they walk on railway tracks from Serbia, in Roszke, Hungary, on Sunday.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
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.