By Krisztina Than and Madeline Chambers BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest's Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as European Union asylum rules came close to collapse under the strain of unprecedented migration. Around 1,000 people waved tickets, clapping, booing and hissing, and shouting "Germany! Germany!" outside the station. Hungarian authorities closed the train station altogether, then reopened it but barred entry to the migrants.
Sporadic shelling and shooting, which each side has blamed on the other, had ensured a steadily mounting death toll despite the ceasefire called as part of a peace plan worked out in Minsk, Belarus, in February. More than 6,500 people have been killed since a separatist rebellion erupted there in April 2014.
Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it. A comparison of before and after images shows the damage to the temple at the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Geneva-based United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and other activists said on Sunday that Islamic State had destroyed part of the more than 2,000-year-old temple, one of Palmyra's most important monuments.
China understands people in the United States have the right to say what they want, but most want good relations with China, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, apparently dismissing repeated attacks by billionaire Donald Trump as "disturbances". The Republican presidential hopeful has recently focused his ire on China's currency, which the government devalued last month.
By Isla Binnie VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication.
China on Tuesday rebuffed as "irritating" complaints from Japan about the Beijing visit of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to watch a military parade marking the end of World War Two. Thousands of Chinese troops will march through central Beijing on Thursday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war's end, overseen by Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Western leaders have mostly declined to attend, as has Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have searched the family house of the Moroccan man arrested for trying to stage an attack on a high-speed train traveling to Paris late last month.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he is letting all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve the "sin of abortion" if they seek forgiveness with a "contrite heart."
GENEVA (Reuters) - The current El Nino weather phenomenon is expected to strengthen before the end of the year and to peak between October and January, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday. Climate models and experts suggest surface waters in the east-central Pacific Ocean are likely to be more than 2 degrees hotter than average, potentially making this El Nino one of the strongest since 1950, following similar weather events in 1972-3, 1982-3, 1997-8. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans)
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The exiled Tibetan government said it saw no cause for celebrating 50 years since China formed the Tibetan Autonomous Region, insisting that Tuesday instead marked a half-century of occupation and control over the once-independent Himalayan kingdom.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police in southern Nepal opened fire Tuesday on members of an ethnic group demanding a new state in a draft constitution, killing five people in two separate towns, officials said.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb. "It would be great if he were (the bomber). Then we will know who they are, where they came from, who's behind this," Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A right-wing party says it is leaving Ukraine's ruling parliamentary coalition because it's opposed to a constitutional amendment that would give greater powers to the rebel-held eastern region.
ROME (AP) — Pope to let all priests in Holy Year absolve people from 'sin of abortion' if they repent.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president asked the country's newly elected lawmakers on Tuesday to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation and economic development in the post-war era.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb.
LONDON (AP) — James Rodriguez enters this week's Associated Press Global Football 10 at the top of the player rankings after scoring twice — including a spectacular overhead kick — and propelling Real Madrid to a 5-0 victory over Real Betis.
GAUHATI, India (AP) — Rioters set fire to the homes of seven lawmakers during a rampage to protest new legislation defining who can claim to be from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, police said Tuesday.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama was traveling to Alaska's Arctic to hike a melting glacier and paint a doomsday scenario if climate change isn't dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe.
BEIRUT (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators in Lebanon have staged three large rallies and in the past two weeks and a small group Tuesday stormed the environment ministry to press demands for reform. Here's a look at what's behind the protests, the most significant public expression of frustration with Lebanon's dysfunctional system of government in years.
BERLIN (AP) — The German economy has room to accommodate refugees, the labor minister said Tuesday, but the government will need to spend billions of extra euros (dollars) to cover language courses, benefits and their integration into the labor market.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is expected to raise issues ranging from climate change to income inequality when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27. Francis has launched an agenda of reform in the Vatican and in the global church, prioritizing different issues and counseling a more merciful message. Here's a primer on where the pope stands on key issues.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A Premier League footballer must serve a 12-month community order and has been banned from driving for 20 months after driving into three cyclists when over the legal alcohol limit and failing to report the crash.
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fred is moving farther away from the Cape Verde Islands and is expected to weaken.
By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's energy minister pledged transparency in the country's efforts to seek a nuclear agreement on Tuesday, seeking to reassure opposition parties who have accused the government of favoring a deal with Russia. South Africa, struggling with an electricity crunch that has caused frequent power cuts and threatens economic growth, said in May it will procure a nuclear fleet to generate 9,600 megawatts of power by 2030. "We would want these agreements to be scrutinized and exposed to public scrutiny," energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told parliament, reiterating that no deal had been signed with anybody as a preferred bidder.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday that the U.S. is still the "Great Satan," regardless of the nuclear deal struck with Americans and world powers over the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program.
PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld the case of three Tunisians expelled from Italy in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring uprising, ruling that the migrants had been subjected to degrading and inhuman treatment during time spent in a detention center, suffered a collective expulsion and could not challenge their forced return home.
Satellite images show the main temple in Syria's Palmyra has been flattened, confirming the worst fears for the ancient ruins held by the Islamic State group. The destruction of the Temple of Bel sparked outrage and international headlines, precisely the reaction the jihadist group may have been seeking, experts said. Dozens of relics remain at risk in the ruins of Palmyra, which IS jihadists seized from regime forces in May as they pursued their campaign for territory in Syria and Iraq.
A German state minister sparked a social media storm Tuesday after calling a beloved German pop singer a "wonderful Negro" during a TV debate on Europe's migrant crisis. The Twitter hashtag #Neger (Negro) topped trending topics in Germany the morning after Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann used the term for Roberto Blanco, who is of Afro-Cuban origin. "Roberto Blanco was always a wonderful Negro, who most Germans thought was wonderful," Herrmann had said in a TV talk show Monday evening on public broadcaster ZDF.
By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Dozens of Lebanese protesters staged a sit-in inside the environment ministry in the capital Beirut on Tuesday, calling on minister Mohammad Machnouk to resign, a Reuters witness said. Lebanon has been hit by a series of protests against the government ignited by a dispute over uncollected rubbish in the country. A Reuters witness said that soldiers watched protesters who staged a sit-in along a corridor inside the top floor of the ministry.
GENEVA (AP) — Federal prosecutors leading investigations of corruption in international football are to hold a joint news conference in FIFA's home city.
The organisers of a massive weekend demonstration demanding the Malaysian prime minister's removal over corruption allegations said Tuesday they had been summoned by police, after the government earlier threatened they could face charges. Several protest leaders were ordered to report to police and give statements on Wednesday, said Maria Chin Abdullah, chair of Bersih, the coalition of Malaysian NGOs and activist groups that staged the huge rally. Prime Minister Najib Razak has been under fire since the Wall Street Journal last month published Malaysian documents showing nearly $700 million had been deposited into his personal bank accounts beginning in 2013.
OKAYAMA, Japan (AP) — The United States overpowered Cuba 25-15, 25-11, 25-15 to remain top of the standings at the women's volleyball World Cup on Tuesday.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters broke into the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the minister over the country's snowballing trash crisis.
By Rupam Jain Nair AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - A sword-wielding 22-year-old activist has emerged overnight as the most pressing political threat to Narendra Modi, accusing the Indian prime minister of breaking a promise to provide jobs that helped him win last year's general election. Hardik Patel, by his own admission, scraped through college and failed to land a steady job. The explosive issue he has locked on to is caste: He says India's policies of affirmative action have shut his community the Patels, also known as Patidars, out of university places and government jobs.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition.
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