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Merkel demands EU partners share burden of migrant influx

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reflecting on “a moving, in some parts breathtaking weekend behind us,” said Monday that all EU countries could help to accommodate the human tide from the Middle East and Africa. French President Francois Hollande announced that his country would welcome 24,000 refugees, and that he and Merkel had agreed …

Town near damaged Japan nuclear plant lifts evacuation order

NARAHA, Japan — Japan’s government on Saturday lifted a 4 1/2-year-old evacuation order for the northeastern town of Naraha that had sent all of the town’s 7,400 residents away following the disaster at the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant. Naraha became the first to get the order lifted among seven municipalities forced to empty entirely due …

Canada less welcoming to refugees under Harper’s leadership

View image | gettyimages.com   TORONTO — Canada has long prided itself for opening its doors wider than any nation to asylum seekers, but the number it welcomes has waned since Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper took power almost 10 years ago. Harper has rejected calls to take immediate action to resettle more Syrian refugees, …

Hungary bus fleet delivers 4,000 migrants to Austria welcome

View image | gettyimages.com BUDAPEST, Hungary — Thousands of exhausted, elated migrants reached their dream destinations of Germany and Austria on Saturday, completing epic journeys by boat, bus, train and foot to escape war and poverty. Before dawn, they clambered off a fleet of Hungarian buses at the Austrian border to find a warm welcome …

Thai Prime Minister says bombing suspect arrested at border

BANGKOK — 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 …

Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve ‘sin of abortion’

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis declared on Tuesday he is allowing all priests in the church’s upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve women of the “sin of abortion” if they repent with a “contrite heart,” saying he is acutely aware some feel they have no choice but to abort. Reflecting his papacy’s central theme of …

Build a wall with Canada? How US debate about Mexico touches the northern amigo

WASHINGTON — The Canadian border got dragged into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign on Sunday, with a prominent candidate appearing to entertain the notion of building a giant wall on the 49th parallel. The idea was raised in a talk-show interview with Republican contender Scott Walker, who after being pressed twice by the interviewer appeared …

Police arrest foreigner, find passports in Bangkok bomb case

View image | gettyimages.com BANGKOK — Thai authorities arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. Police and soldiers on Saturday raided the apartment in a …

Huge Malaysia rally for Najib’s resignation enters 2nd day

View image | gettyimages.com KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully. The protesters camped overnight wearing yellow shirts of the Bersih …

Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

View image | gettyimages.com CAIRO — An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for broadcasting “false news,” sparking an international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s presidency. The men are now seeking a pardon from …