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China parade to commemorate WW2 defeat of Japan 2 September 2015 From the section China Image copyright ChinaFotoPress Image caption The victory is officially called "the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression" China is set to showcase its military might in a parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War Two.Some 12,000 troops and 200 aircraft, as well as tanks and missiles, will go on display in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.More than 80% of the machinery will be shown in public for the first time, state media said.China's growing military capabilities will be keenly watched amid geo-political tensions in the region.President Xi Jinping, who is also commander of the armed forces, will be centre stage at the proceedings along with more than 30 foreign government officials and heads of state. Russian President Vladimir Putin, South Korea's President Park Geun-hye and, controversially, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon will be the biggest names in attendance.Many major leaders, including from the US, UK, Australia and Japan, have shunned the event."During a period of strained relations between China and Japan, as well as increasing military tension in the Asia-Pacific region, some leaders are reluctant to be associated with what they may view as a nationalistic, anti-Japanese mass rally," said Alexander Neill from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Singapore. …
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Migrant crisis: Photo of drowned boy sparks outcry 2 September 2015 From the section Europe Image copyright AP Image caption Many migrants are attempting the dangerous journey from Bodrum in Turkey to Kos in Greece At least 12 Syrians trying to reach Greece have drowned off Turkey after the boats they were travelling in sank.An image of one of the victims - a young boy lying face down on the beach - has sparked an international outcry over the human cost of the crisis. The picture, released by a Turkish news agency, is trending worldwide on Twitter under the #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik ("humanity washed ashore") hashtag. Thousands of migrants have died this year trying to reach Europe by sea. Warning: This article contains a distressing imageThe Turkish coastguard said the migrants had set off from Turkey's Bodrum peninsula for the Greek island of Kos in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but the two boats they were in sank shortly afterwards. Twelve bodies, including five children, were recovered. Of 23 people on board the two boats, only nine people are thought to have survived - some made it to shore with life jackets. The beach where the bodies were found has become suddenly notorious, but on any day there you will find the debris - deflated dinghy parts, the abandoned belongings of those attempting the crossing - of the desperate Hopes are fading for two people people still missing. The image of the young boy, shown wearing a red T-shirt and lying face-down on the beach near Bodrum, was published shortly after the bodies washed up on shore…
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Budapest migrant standoff enters second night 2 September 2015 From the section Europe Hundreds of migrants are in a standoff with police for a second night outside a Budapest railway station.Earlier, scuffles broke out between the two sides as frustration among migrants boiled over outside Keleti station.Many of the migrants have tickets and are insisting they be allowed to travel on to Germany and other countries, but Hungary says it is enforcing EU rules.Meanwhile, Germany, Italy and France have called for "fair distribution" of refugees throughout the EU.In a joint declaration, the country's three foreign ministers also called for Europe's asylum laws to be revised, the Italian foreign ministry said in a statement (in Italian). As it happened: Wednesday's developmentsWith tens of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the move through Europe, the EU's member states are struggling to agree a common policy for dealing with the crisis.Italy and Greece have complained that they are overwhelmed by the numbers arriving on their shores. And while countries such as Germany are prepared to accept large numbers of asylum seekers, others, such as the UK, are not. The BBC's Chris Morris in Brussels says the European Commission, the executive of the EU, is trying to draw up a list of safe countries of origin that failed asylum applicants can be sent back to.And an EC spokeswoman has now said it is preparing proposals for a mechanism to automatically redistribute a proportion of those seeking asylum among EU states.In other developments:Five children were among 12 migrants who drowned in Turkish waters while trying to reach Greece, officials said; images of a child's body washed up ne…
2 hours ago · From World News
Story highlights Toddler was one of 12 people to drown off Turkey Haunting image of him has been shared with the tag "Flotsam of Humanity" But the water is lapping around his face and his body is lifeless. The boy, in a red T-shirt, blue pants and tiny shoes with Velcro straps, was one of 12 people who drowned off Turkey and washed up on a beach Wednesday. A photo of him lying alone and being approached by an official has been shared widely around the world, often with the Twitter hashtag #KıyıyaVuranİnsanlık or "Flotsam of Humanity" in Turkish. How you can help in the migrant crisis We don't know his name yet, or where he came from, though the local governor's office said he and the other victims were Syrian refugees. We do know he's just one of more than 2,600 people who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe this year alone, according to the International Organization for Migration. More than 350,000 people have arrived in Europe so far this year, seeking sanctuary from war or persecution or poverty or just seeking a better life. There's been a wildly different response from governments and citizens, some wanting to take people in, others shutting them out. This boy's death has at least been noticed and caused anguish. He may yet affect policy. Things to know about the migrant crisis
3 hours ago · From World News
Freddie Gray case: Baltimore judge upholds officers' charges 2 September 2015 From the section US & Canada Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Baltimore is braced for further unrest as a pre-trial hearing gets under way on Wednesday A US judge has refused to drop charges for six police officers accused over the death of a black man in police custody, a case that sparked rioting in Baltimore in April.The judge also rejected a motion to have the prosecutor recused at a hearing in the Freddie Gray death case.Dozens of protesters have gathered outside the courthouse in Baltimore, amid heightened police security.Gray, 25, died from a severe spinal cord injury while in custody in April.His death, which was ruled a homicide, is one of several involving black Americans and police officers which has sparked unrest and national debate over police and race relations. The officers have pleaded not guilty to the charges, which range from false imprisonment to involuntary manslaughter.Police say they have made one arrest so far on Wednesday, but the protests were mainly peaceful. Image caption A still from amateur video footage of Gray being handcuffed and pushed into a police van Gray was arrested on 12 April after a police chase on foot in West Baltimore. He sustained a severe spinal injury while being transported in a police van. …
4 hours ago · From World News
Story highlights Toddler was one of 12 people to drown off Turkey Haunting image of him has been shared with the tag "Flotsam of Humanity" But the water is lapping around his face and his body is lifeless. The boy, in a red T-shirt, blue pants and tiny shoes with Velcro straps, was one of 12 people who drowned off Turkey and washed up on a beach Wednesday. A photo of him lying alone and being approached by an official has been shared widely around the world, often with the Twitter hashtag #KıyıyaVuranİnsanlık or "Flotsam of Humanity" in Turkish. How you can help in the migrant crisis We don't know his name yet, or where he came from, though the local governor's office said he and the other victims were Syrian refugees. We do know he's just one of more than 2,600 people who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe this year alone, according to the International Organization for Migration. More than 350,000 people have arrived in Europe so far this year, seeking sanctuary from war or persecution or poverty or just seeking a better life. There's been a wildly different response from governments and citizens, some wanting to take people in, others shutting them out. This boy's death has at least been noticed and caused anguish. He may yet affect policy. Things to know about the migrant crisis
4 hours ago · From World News
CALAIS, France/BUDAPEST Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding passengers in darkness aboard Eurostar trains. Thousands of miles away, the bodies of other migrants washed up on a Turkish beach. Photos of a drowned toddler face down in the surf spread quickly across the Internet, yet another searing image from Europe's worst migration crisis since the 1990s Balkan wars. Outside a Budapest train station, an angry crowd camped out demanding to board trains for Germany, as Europe's asylum system crumbled under the strain of the influx. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing wars, as well as economic migrants escaping poverty, have arrived in the European Union, confounding EU leaders and feeding the rise of right wing populists. Thousands have drowned in the Mediterranean and many others have died travelling over land, including 71 people found in the back of an abandoned truck in Austria last week. The EU's executive European Commission promised to unveil a new policy next week to make it easier to process asylum claims, send those from safe countries home and distribute bona fide refugees among the bloc's 28 members. Meanwhile, authorities have struggled to enforce rules which ordinarily allow free movement within most of the EU but restrict travel by undocumented migrants. Hundreds took to the tracks around France's Calais-Frethun station, the latest target for those trying to reach Britain, which many regard as a better place to live than countries on the continent. Rail operator SNCF was forced to halt services near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel. Three Eurostar trains were blocked overnight and eventually continued to London early on Wednesday, while two returned to their departure stations. Passengers on one London-bound train, which stopped less than a mile (1.6 km) from the tunnel, were told at one point to keep quiet and liste…
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Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stands at his office door inside the Maximos Mansion, before a meeting with the Archbishop of Albania, Anastasios, (unseen) in Athens, Greece August 25, 2015. Reuters/Costas Baltas/Intimenews ATHENS Greek leftist Syriza party on Wednesday fell behind its main conservative rivals for the first time since former premier Alexis Tsipras resigned, offering further evidence that his decision to call a snap election could backfire. Syriza is on course to win 25 percent of votes at the Sept. 20 election while the conservative New Democracy party will win 25.3 percent, a poll by GPO showed. Nearly 13 percent of respondents were still undecided. It also suggested Tsipras, who led Greece through months of painful bailout talks before eventually capitulating to virtually all the demands set by its international creditors, was less popular than conservative leader Evangelos Meimarakis. Tsipras had called for new elections in order to silence hardline leftist rebels within his own ranks and win a fresh mandate for tough austerity measures that the debt-ridden country will have to implement in exchange for new aid. But opinion polls since August suggest support for Syriza has shrivelled, raising the spectre of yet more instability that could disrupt efforts to implement the bailout programme and keep the aid deal, up for review in October, on track. Tsipras stormed to victory in January promising to end years of austerity and return Greece back to growth, but was forced to backtrack on a string of promises, including that he would end public sector and pension cuts, and halt privatisations. Previously, polls had suggested Tsipras remained popular with voters because he had at least put up a fight in the bailout negotiations with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. "He promised us that he wouldn't touch pensions and that he would tear up the bailout…
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LONDON Rebekah Brooks, the Rupert Murdoch protegee cleared last year of orchestrating a criminal campaign that damaged the British establishment, will return to her old job running the tycoon's British newspapers next week in a stunning comeback. Brooks, who worked her way up from the lowest rung on a newsroom ladder to become one of the most influential people in Britain, will resume oversight of the Sun and The Times of London papers on Monday following a high-profile fall from grace four years ago. With sales at the brash Sun tabloid in decline and a weak online presence, Brooks is being brought back to breathe new life into the group. She will be joined by Tony Gallagher as Sun Editor in Chief - a respected journalist and a key figure in the success of MailOnline, one of the most popular websites in the world. "I am delighted to return to News UK," said Brooks, who was dubbed by some as Murdoch's "fifth daughter". "It is a privilege to be back amongst the most talented journalists and executives in the business." Her return was condemned by critics of the company who questioned Murdoch's judgement in bringing back one of Britain's most vilified journalists who was once depicted as a witch on the front page of a news magazine over her role in a phone hacking scandal. Chris Bryant, an opposition lawmaker who has been an arch opponent of News Corp's aggressive tactics, said the 84-year-old Murdoch was "sticking two fingers" up to the British public by reappointing Brooks. The 47-year-old quit in 2011 after the News of the World tabloid she had once edited admitted hacking into thousands of phones to generate stories, including the phone of a murdered schoolgirl. The admission sparked an uproar that rocked Murdoch's media empire, forcing the closure of the 168-year-old tabloid and a televised questioning in parliament of the Australian-born tycoon and his son James, both of whom apologised. The case cost the firm mill…
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Story highlights Toddler was one of 12 people to drown off Turkey Haunting image of him has been shared with the tag "Flotsam of Humanity" But the water is lapping around his face and his body is lifeless. The boy, in a red T-shirt, blue pants and tiny shoes with Velcro straps, was one of 12 people who drowned off Turkey and washed up on a beach Wednesday. A photo of him lying alone and being approached by an official has been shared widely around the world, often with the Twitter hashtag #KıyıyaVuranİnsanlık or "Flotsam of Humanity" in Turkish. We don't know his name yet, or where he came from, though the local governor's office said he and the other victims were Syrian refugees. We do know he's just one of more than 2,600 people who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe this year alone, according to the International Organization for Migration. More than 350,000 people have arrived in Europe so far this year, seeking sanctuary from war or persecution or poverty or just seeking a better life. There's been a wildly different response from governments and citizens, some wanting to take people in, others shutting them out. This boy's death has at least been noticed and caused anguish. He may yet affect policy.
5 hours ago · From World News
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech to an audience of pupils during a visit to Corby Technical School at Corby in central England, September 2, 2015. Reuters/Carl Court/Pool LONDON British Prime Minister David Cameron has backed down over rules limiting the involvement of the government in campaigning before a referendum on European Union membership after members of parliament from his Conservative Party threatened to revolt, the BBC said. In the second concession on the referendum in two days, Cameron will agree to keep in place rules that restrict certain government activity in the weeks ahead of the vote. On Tuesday, the government agreed to change the wording of the referendum question. As many as 27 Eurosceptic MPs had argued that removing the rules for the EU referendum would have allowed the machinery of government to be used to support the case for staying in the EU, the BBC said. "Pleased to hear purdah now to be reinstated for EU Referendum as well as fairer question than before but why does Cameron have to be forced?" Mark Reckless, director of policy for the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party, said on Twitter. Amendments to the EU Referendum Bill, which is due to have its third reading in the House of Commons on Monday, will impose 'purdah' with some exceptions, though it was unclear whether the changes will satisfy all Eurosceptic MPs. British officials have begun renegotiating some aspects of the country's relationship with the EU and Cameron has promised a referendum by the end of 2017, though many officials expect it to be held next year. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by William Schomberg)
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5 hours ago · From World News
Story highlights Large numbers in Iceland back a Facebook initiative in Iceland calling for more Syrian refugees to be let in A website in Germany helps match refugees with offers of accommodation in private homes Offering a room to a migrant has been an "absolutely fantastic" experience, says a volunteer host in Berlin Using digital means, they are taking practical steps to offer desperate men, woman and children a place to stay in their own homes, or seeking to pressure their own governments into offering sanctuary to more of those in need. In Iceland, author and professor Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir has set up a Facebook page to call for her country's government to increase the number of refugees it was planning to accept from a reported 50 -- prompting a big response and wide media interest. And in Germany, a website has been running for months which aims to match offers of accommodation in private homes -- ideally shared rental apartments -- across the country with individual refugees in need of a place to stay. The website, Refugees Welcome (Fluechtlinge Wilkommen,) has already placed dozens of refugees who otherwise might be placed in overcrowded migrant centers or struggle to put a roof over their heads at all. Such direct action couldn't be more needed. Migrants are pouring over Europe's borders in record numbers this year, according to the EU border agency Frontex, many of them fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In July alone, a record 107,500 were detected at EU borders, it said. 'Refugees are our future spouses, best friends' In Reykjavik, Bjorgvinsdottir's inspiration came from a friend who posted a status update on Facebook -- addressed to Iceland's Minister of Welfare Eyglo Hardar -- saying he wanted to take five Syrian refugees into his own home, she said. With just that gesture, her friend pointed out, the number Iceland took in could increase to 55, Bjorgvinsdottir told CNN's "The W…
6 hours ago · From World News
Story highlights Polar bears surround researchers in the Arctic, the WWF says Researchers tried to scare the bears away with flares but it didn't work The bears are preventing them from leaving their station to measure sea temperatures The bears have settled in the fields outside a weather station on the island of Vaygach in the Arctic Sea, preventing researchers from leaving the building to conduct their work, the World Wide Fund for Nature in Russia said in a statement. The team, which consists of two meteorologists and an engineer, tried to scare them off with flares, but the bears were undeterred -- and the Russian WWF says the team has no other weapons at its disposal. The bears sleep near the station and have been seen fighting with one another outside the building in recent days, one of the researchers at the station told Viktor Nikiforov, the head of the WWF Polar Bear Patrol project. The presence of the bears means that the researchers have been unable to make their twice daily trip, several hundred meters from the weather station, to measure water temperatures in the sea. "People living in the Arctic must be prepared to face with a polar bear," Nikiforov said in the statement. "However, the station staff have no weapons." "In addition, employees are not provided with any scaring-off devices and the station area is not fenced." The WWF statement said the Polar Bear Patrol was keeping in touch with the researchers and appealing to the Russian government to provide the weather station with the "necessary equipment and means of scaring the polar bears." Arctic sea ice is the natural habitat of polar bears but it is melting away. As Arctic sea ice levels decline, so does the number of seals, which the bears depend on for food. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey have estimated that two-thirds of polar bears will be gone by 2050. CNN's Alla Eschenko contributed to this story.
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Step forward Tourism Australia, which has come up with a new service for taking selfies in which the self is just one part of an epic widescreen landscape. Mercifully, no selfie sticks are involved. Giga Selfie, billed as the world's biggest selfie service, will be available on Australia's Gold Coast this weekend. It uses a super high definition camera and cellphone technology to take photos big enough to accommodate even the most inflated egos. Travelers using the service stand on a designated spot on the beach and use a "Giga Selfie" app -- only available on that day, on that spot -- on their smart phone to trigger a distant camera. An enormous selfie is then emailed to them as a short video clip which starts as a close-up of their face and zooms out to reveal the surrounding scenery. Tapping into the savvy Japanese market The gimmicky project is a part of a bigger campaign aimed at luring "a younger and social media savvy Japanese consumer." "Gold Coast is one of the most popular and visited Australian destinations amongst the Japanese," Leo Seaton, TA's general manager in media and communications, tells CNN. "The beaches also provide an iconic backdrop for something like this." The new global campaign will place more focus on Australia's aquatic and coastal experiences, adds Seaton. TA's managing director John O'Sullivan says Japan is key market for Australia's tourism sector, with Japenese visitors contributing $980 million annually. Future of the project? Undecided Don't expect a gigantic selfie frenzy just yet though. The special camera and lens -- 100 times more powerful than typical photo gear -- is only capable of snapping 10 giant shots per hour. So posers might expect their photo to contain a long line of impatient faces stretching into the distance behind them. As yet, costs and logistics mean the service is only scheduled for deployment in the Gold Coast, although the promotional video includes multiple spot…
6 hours ago · From World News
24 hours of Europe's migration crisis Migrants wear identification bracelets aboard a Norwegian ship during a search-and-rescue mission off the Libyan coast on Tuesday, September 1. Europe is in the midst of a migration crisis. Desperate men and women, often with children in tow, are fleeing wars and poverty to find a better life on the continent. But their voyages, both on land and on sea, can be dangerous and sometimes deadly. Hide Caption 1 of 13 24 hours of Europe's migration crisis Hide Caption 2 of 13 24 hours of Europe's migration crisis Hide Caption 3 of 13 24 hours of Europe's migration crisis A migrant shouts at Macedonian police officers while trying to cross Greece's northern border into Macedonia. About 1,500 migrants were waiting to cross the border. Hide Caption 4 of 13 24 hours of Europe's migration crisis A young girl from Iraq waits for registration with her family outside the main station in Munich, Germany. Hundreds of migrants are arriving every day. Hide Caption 5 of 13 24 hours of Europe's migration crisis Migrants sit outside the main station in Munich as they wait for their chance to register. Hide Caption 6 of 13 24 hours of Europe's migration crisis A group of refugees continues its journey through Hungary after crossing the Serbian border. Hide Caption 7 of 13 24 hours of Europe's migration crisis Syrian refugees walk across railways tracks next to the Serbian town of Horgos to cross the border and enter Hungary. Hide Caption 8 of 13 24 hours of Europe's migration crisis Migrants sit in a police bus in Pocking, Germany, after making their way to the country from Austria. Hide Caption 9 of 13 24 hours of Europe's migration crisis Migrants from Afghanistan drink tea at a Paris school where they found shelter. Hide Caption 10 of 13 24 hours of Europe's migration crisis A migra…
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