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The Latest: 542 people rescued in 24 hours off Greece

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 02:40 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.


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An Italian police aircraft carrying 19 Eritreans has taken off from Rome's Ciampino airport bringing the first refugees to Sweden under the European Union's new resettlement program aimed at redistributing asylum-seekers from hard-hit receiving countries.

Australia in talks to send refugees to Philippines

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:08 PM

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's immigration minister says the government is in talks to send refugees who try to reach its shores illegally to the Philippines.

Australia already has a multi-million dollar deal to resettle refugees from an Australia-run detention camp on the Pacific nation of Nauru to Cambodia. But so far, only four refugees have agreed to move to Cambodia. That has prompted critics to dub the deal an expensive flop and sent the government looking for another solution.

Mexico has warrants for 23 officials in drug lord's escape

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 09:28 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has issued arrest warrants for 23 former officials, guards or police officers for allegedly participating in the escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman or failing to prevent it. Almost all of them are believed to be in custody.

Attorney General Arely Gomez told the Senate on Thursday that in addition, 10 civilians who aided in Guzman's escape are being held under a form of house arrest.

Iamgold to cut 10 percent of workers at Suriname gold mine

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 08:27 PM

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — A Canadian company that operates a gold mine in Suriname says it will dismiss roughly 10 percent of its workforce to reduce costs amid low global prices for the precious metal.

Toronto-based Iamgold Corp. announced the cuts Thursday. The company owns about 90 percent of the Rosebel mine, with the remainder owned by Suriname. Iamgold says the job reductions are needed to protect Rosebel's long-term viability.

Local media say a strike halted mine operations Thursday after the job cuts were announced.

Mexican army head is unhappy with law enforcement role

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 08:20 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's defense secretary says the country's army isn't happy doing law enforcement duty, but has no other choice.

The statement by Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos comes after soldiers have been implicated in rights abuses.

Cienfuegos told local media in an interview broadcast Thursday that "none of us got into the armed forces to do this," referring to the military's role in fighting drug cartels and other criminals. But he added: "If the armed forces don't do it, there is no one else to do it."

US treasury secretary blames Congress for debt limit delays

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 07:37 PM

LIMA, Peru (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew admonished Congress for not moving fast enough to raise the government borrowing limit at a time of heightened fragility in the global economy.

Speaking at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Peru, Lew said lawmakers can add vigor to the U.S. recovery by renewing funding of the Export-Import Bank and passing a transportation bill that has languished for months.

Monarch butterflies begin entering Mexico on migration

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 07:11 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Monarch butterflies have begun entering Mexico on their annual migration from the United States and Canada.

Mexico's Environment Department said Thursday that the orange-and-black butterflies had been spotted by park rangers entering Coahuila state, on the border with Texas.

The butterflies head for the fir- and pine forest of central Mexico, where they spend the winter. No butterfly lives to make the full round trip, and it is unclear how they find the route each year.

UN announces government of national unity for divided Libya

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 06:44 PM

SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya is announcing a national unity government for Libya after months of difficult talks between the north African country's two rival governments.

Bernardino Leon has told a press conference that the names of candidates for the national unity government have been decided.

Mexico names international experts to probe missing students

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:49 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors say they have picked seven experts from five countries to carry out a new review of the area where drug gang members allegedly killed and incinerated 43 missing college students.

Prosecutors have said the students were killed and incinerated at a garbage dump, and their charred bone fragments dumped in a river.

But a group of experts assembled by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights concluded a pyre of that magnitude couldn't have occurred there.

Political clashes in Guinea's capital kill 1, injure 12

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:21 PM

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Clashes in Guinea's capital between opposition supporters and those of the ruling party have left at least a dozen people injured. A hospital worker says one person has been killed.

Demonstrators from Cellou Dalein Diallo's Union for the Democratic Forces of Guinea party took to the streets of Conakry on Thursday, burning vehicles and shops. They clashed with President Alpha Conde's Rainbow Party supporters days before presidential elections. The two leaders are candidates, along with six others, in Oct. 11 elections.

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