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Jail for migrants who defy expulsion; Hungary warns of instability from crisis

BRUSSELS, Oct 1, (Agencies): European Union countries can imprison migrants who re-enter their territory after being expelled, the EU’s top court ruled on Thursday in a judgment likely to be closely watched across the continent as it struggles to cope with a migration crisis. The European Court of Justice was …

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Anti-India rage grows in Nepal; Supplies dry up

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Oct 1, (AP): Nepal feels like it is being choked. It’s running out of gasoline. Medical supplies are becoming scarce. All because of an unofficial economic blockade imposed by neighboring India from where Nepal gets almost all its essential supplies. Many Nepalese believe that India has been retaliating …

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Indians declare $500m in black money

NEW DELHI, Oct 1, (Agencies): Indians declared $500 million in black money, the government announced Thursday, a fraction of the total amount feared hidden, as a deadline for coughing up assets hidden from the taxman expired. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power last year pledging to crack down on black …

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Checks at land borders proposed; Berlin beefs up asylum rules

BERLIN, Sept 30, (Agencies): Germany could in future check asylum claims as migrants arrive at its land borders, the way it already does at airports, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere proposed Wednesday. He stressed that the cabinet had not yet signed off on the idea, but said his ministry was …

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India talks tough on black money in hunt for hidden billions – ‘Era of tax havens has come to an end’

NEW DELHI, Sept 30, (AFP): When an Indian deadline for declaring illegal assets expires Wednesday, billions of rupees hidden in foreign bank accounts or funnelled into property abroad will emerge into the light — or so the government hopes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power last year pledging to crack …

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Top Iran leader warns of ‘harsh’ measures over Hajj disaster – After billions spent on safety, Saudis lost control of deadly crowd

TEHRAN, Iran, Sept 30, (Agencies): Iran’s top leader on Wednesday warned Saudi Arabia of “harsh” measures if the kingdom fails to promptly repatriate the bodies of more than 200 Iranian pilgrims killed in last week’s Hajj stampede. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s warning came as Iran summoned Riyadh’s envoy for …

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Russia in 1st Syria strikes – 36 killed

MOSCOW, Sept 30, (AFP): Russia launched air strikes in war-torn Syria on Wednesday, its first military engagement outside the former Soviet Union since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979. Russian warplanes carried out strikes in three Syrian provinces along with regime aircraft as Putin seeks to steal US President Barack …

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Officer daughter became jihadist

PARIS, Sept 30, (AFP): Emilie Koenig, designated as a global terrorist this week by the United States, grew up the daughter of a French gendarme in windswept Brittany before her metamorphosis into a radical Islamist. Koenig, 31, is now a key member of France’s jihadist movement fighting in Syria where …

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Singapore holds 2 for trying to join IS

SINGAPORE, Sept 30, (Agencies): Singapore’s government said Wednesday that it has been holding two of its citizens since August for attempting to make their way to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Muhammad Shamin Mohamed Sidek, 29, and Muhammad Harith Jailani, 18, were detained without trial under the country’s …

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‘Mars Appears To Have Flowing Waters’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida, Sept 29, (Agencies): Mars appears to have flowing rivulets of water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that boosts the odds of life on the red planet. “Mars is not the dry, arid planet that we thought of in the past,” said …

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