(BBC News) – Europe migrant crisis: Hungary ‘will arrest illegal migrants’


Viktor Orban said migrants entering Hungary in their thousands in the past weeks had “rebelled” against his police force, and order had to be restored.

Aid workers have been telling of “abysmal” conditions for refugees at a camp on the Hungarian-Serbian border.

Video footage has emerged of people being thrown bags of food at the camp in the town of Roszke.

Hungary has struggled to cope with some 150,000 migrants that have crossed its borders so far this year, en route from Greece to countries in northern and western Europe.

There have been tensions between the authorities and migrants, at border areas and key railway stations.

Migrants are checked by police as they arrive at a refugee camp at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke on 11 September 2015Image copyrightAFP
Image captionMore new arrivals are registered at the refugee camp at Roszke, on the Hungarian-Serbian border
Hungarian police bring food for migrants in a refugee camp near Roszke on 11 September 2015Image copyrightAFP
Image captionHungarian police bring food for the migrants at the camp

Hungary has insisted it is trying to fulfil its obligations as an EU member and register all new arrivals, but its attempts to control the flow – such as building a fence along its border with Serbia and staging border protection exercises – have proved controversial.

But, Mr Orban warned that from 15 September, tougher immigration laws would take effect and anyone crossing the border illegally could expect to be arrested.

He praised the police for doing a “remarkable” job “without force” in the face of unco-operative migrants who, he said, had “rebelled against Hungarian legal order”.

BBC correspondents and producers covering the migrant crisis on Twitter

  • Anna Holligan at Roszke on the Hungarian border: “Unusual scenes… #refugees crossing in front of soldiers, suspect might not be the way next week #Hungary”
  • Manveen Rana at Roszke: “A man held his baby out of the window shouting “oxygen, oxygen”. A guard shouted at him to get back in again”
  • Bethany Bell in Nickelsdorf, Austria: “Austrian army putting up tents at the border”
  • Wietske Burema at the Macedonia-Greek border: “Drilling a channel for a drinking water pipe for refugees at the border of Greece & Macedonia”

Elsewhere on Friday:

  • The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia again rejected the European Commission’s proposed mandatory quota system, sharing out 160,000 asylum seekers a year between 23 of the EU’s 28 members. Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said countries “should keep control over the number” of refugees they could accept
  • 432,761 people have entered Europe via Mediterranean routes, via Italy or Greece, so far this year, reports the International Organization for Migration, more than double the total for the whole of 2014
  • Germany has put 4,000 troops on standby to help with the unprecedented influx of refugees, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen tells German media
  • There is a bottleneck of more than 10,000 people at Hungary’s border with Austria. Existing shelters in the area are full and the army is putting up more tents. Some migrants have begun walking towards Vienna
  • Hungarian camerawoman Petra Laszlo apologises for kicking migrants, saying “something snapped” in her when people broke through police cordons
Hundreds wait for buses near Nickelsdorf, Austria on 11 September 2015Image copyrightAFP
Migrants walk on the highway A4 toward Vienna near Nickelsdorf, Austria, on 11 September 2015Image copyrightAP

A key point of tension in Hungary has been at a refugee reception centre in Roszke, where the authorities have been taking many migrants newly arrived from Serbia.

Scenes from inside the camp were revealed in video footage filmed by Michaela Spritzendorfer, the wife of an Austrian Green party politician who was delivering aid to the camp, and Klaus Kufner, a journalist and activist.

Ms Spritzendorfer said it was about 20:00, and police were throwing plastic bags containing food to around 100 people, including the elderly and the very young.

“These people have been on a terrible tour for three months,” she told the BBC.

“Most of them have been across the sea now and on the boat and through the forest and they’ve gone through terrible things and we, as Europe, we keep them there in camps like animals.”

At the scene: Anna Holligan, BBC News, Roszke

The Hungarian refugee camps have become humiliating holding zones for the thousands trying to cross the country’s borders. Journalists are banned from entering, but images shared by human rights groups and refugees are disturbing.

The Hungarian government has not yet commented, but the images will fuel the allegations that Hungary is failing to meet the minimum standards for the treatment of migrants, as laid out in the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Council of Europe has reminded member states that people should not be treated like prisoners.

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Another aid worker, Irish volunteer Patrick Quirke, told the BBC that people were being kept in cages, guard dogs were running free and “from what I was told the food is very sparse, the conditions are cold, the children were cold and they weren’t being provided with any heating”.

Human Rights Watch said migrants were being kept in “abysmal” conditions at two detention centres in Roszke, lacking food and medical care. The group quoted two migrants who described the conditions as only fit for animals.

Hungarian police have said they will investigate the scenes from inside the camp.

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A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

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(NY Daily News) – Justin Bieber gets upset with ‘Today’ cameraman 

Justin Bieber reveals his new bleached hair on Wednesday’s episode of “Today.”TODAY

Justin Bieber reveals his new bleached hair on Wednesday’s episode of “Today.”

Justin Bieber rocked the “Today” show with a brand new look — and some major attitude.

The pop star, who showed off his newly bleached hair on the morning show Thursday, was caught complaining about a cameraman who was filming his performance.

As the segment was cutting away to commercial, Bieber grumbled about how the crew member was too close for comfort.

“Next time I won’t dance because the camera’s here the whole time,” he raged. “Might as well not dance.”

“What do I do this for if they’re just going to…” he added, before the show went to commercial.

While displeased with the cameraman, the singer was happy with his fans’ reaction to his new hairdo.

“You guys like the hair?” he asked, leading the crowd to scream their approval.

This isn’t the first time the singer has gone platinum blond, having also bleached his hair in late 2014. But it still made for a striking change when combined with his new sideswept hairstyle.

Bieber’s fans waited overnight to catch his performance on the morning show, which included his No. 1 single “What Do You Mean?”

The 21-year-old also received a plaque from Guinness World Records honoring him for being the youngest male artist to have a song debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

As for how Bieber feels about returning to the spotlight with a new album, he said he doesn’t really consider it a comeback.

“I didn’t really leave, but I took a little time to do some soul searching for sure,” he said.

He also said that he’s been emotional during his recent stage performances, such as crying at the MTV VMAs, because “it just feels so great to feel the acceptance.”

Source: Justin Bieber gets upset with ‘Today’ cameraman – NY Daily News

(eagle radio) – Crane Collapse Kills 107 At Grand Mosque In Mecca

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At least 107 people have died after a crane toppled over and crashed into the Grand Mosque in the Saudi city of Mecca.

Another 238 people were injured when the crane, which was being used in construction work, collapsed during a violent rainstorm.

The Grand Mosque is the largest in the world and surrounds Islam’s holiest place, the Kaaba.

Pictures circulating on social media showed pilgrims in bloodied robes and debris strewn over the floor.

“All those who were wounded and the dead have been taken to hospital,” said General Suleiman al Amr, director general of the Civil Defence Authority. “There are no casualties left at the location.”

Images aired on Saudi state television showed the crane’s boom had smashed through what appeared to be the roof of the mosque.

Authorities have not provided details of the victims’ nationalities.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was “shocked and saddened to hear of the accident”, adding: “My thoughts are with the families of those affected.”

Millions are expected to descend on Mecca later this month for the annual hajj pilgrimage.

The pilgrimage – which all able-bodied Muslims have a duty to do at least once in their lifetime – is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world and has been prone to disasters,

Hundreds of pilgrims died in a stampede in 2006.

Saudi authorities have lavished vast sums to expand the main hajj sites and improve Mecca’s transportation system in an effort to prevent further problems.

The crane that fell onto the mosque was one of several being used in the expansion and other construction work that has transformed the area around the sanctuary.

( – Legends of Tomorrow: Get your first look at Hawkgirl and Hawkman

The Legends of Tomorrow are coming to life.

On Friday, a new image provided the first look at Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) and Hawkman (Falk Hentschel), who will both first appear onArrow and The Flash before moving on to the spin-off.

Hawkman, a.k.a. Carter Hall, is the latest reincarnation of an Egyptian Prince who is fated to be reborn throughout time along with his soulmate, Kendra Saunders. Like Kendra, Carter can access the powers of the Hawk God, Horus, transforming him into a winged warrior. Hawkgirl, meanwhile, is known for being one of DC Comics’ first female superheroes. On the show, Saunders will be starting to learn that she’s been reincarnated over and over again — and that wings sprout out of her back when she’s provoked. Get more scoophere and here.

Legends also stars Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory, Heat Wave), Victor Garber (Martin Stein/Firestorm), and Franz Drameh (Jay Jackson), whose disparate band of heroes and villains are brought together by Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) to defeat immortal threat Vandal Savage.

Image Credit: The CW

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is slated to debut midseason on The CW.

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(washington post) – Cuba pardons more than 3,500 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis visit

The Cuban government said it plans to pardon 3,522 prisoners over the next 72 hours as a “humanitarian” gesture ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to the island beginning next week.But the announcement appeared to rule out pardons for at least some of the dozens of inmates that rights groups consider political prisoners. Convicts serving time for crimes against “national security” would not be eligible for release, said the statement in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.

Those receiving pardons will include inmates over age 60 or under 20 with no prior convictions and prisoners whose terms are nearing an end, as well as women, the infirm and foreigners whose countries will accept their repatriation.

The amnesty, ordered by the State Council, the Cuban government’s supreme body, will not extend to those serving time for homicide, rape, drug trafficking and other serious offenses in Cuba such as “cattle rustling,” according to Granma.

The government issued similar amnesties prior to previous papal visits. Nearly 3,000 inmates received pardons before Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival in 2012, and Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1998 prompted the release of several hundred others.

Francis will arrive in Havana on Sept. 19, and Cuban dissident groups have urged the pontiff to intervene with the Castro government to secure the release of jailed activists.

Amanda Duran, a member of the island’s illegal-but-tolerated Cuban Commission for Human Rights and Conciliation, said the group was trying to determine whether any of the 71 inmates on its list of political prisoners would be eligible for the amnesty.

“The phone lines are very congested right now,” she said.

The Vatican has not confirmed whether the pope will meet with Castro opponents during his four-day, three-city tour of the island before arriving Sept. 22 in the United States.

The timing of the Cuban government announcement is notable, as U.S. and Cuban diplomats commence bilateral talks Friday in Havana that mark their first formal meetings since the two nations reopened embassies.

A statement issued by the State Department said U.S. negotiators would meet with Cuban officials “to discuss next steps in the normalization process and schedule dates for future discussions on shared priorities.” The statement said the U.S. delegation did not plan to enter into “extensive discussions” in Friday’s talks.

Nick Miroff is a Latin America correspondent for The Post, roaming from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to South America’s southern cone. He has been a staff writer since 2006.

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(the week) – 10 things you need to know today: September 11, 2015


Senate Democrats clear path for Iran deal

Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican resolution seeking to reject the Iran nuclear deal. The Democratic filibuster ensured that the landmark deal between Tehran and six world powers, including the U.S., would take effect with no need for Obama to veto a GOP vote of disapproval. House Republicans passed a bill saying Congress had more time to consider the Iran deal because the administration has not shared information on secret deals it cut with Tehran, but the White House says there are no such documents. [The New York Times, The Washington Post]


Obama orders U.S. to accept 10,000 Syrian migrants in next year

President Obama has decided that the U.S. will take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the coming fiscal year, the White House announced Thursday. So far, the U.S. has only accepted 1,500 Syrian migrants since the country’s civil war began in 2011. Refugee advocates and some lawmakers said Obama’s move does not go far enough to ease the humanitarian crisis as a wave of refugees flees Syria and other countries, most of them bound for Europe. Religious groups have called on Obama to accept 100,000 Syrians. [Reuters]


U.S. marks 14th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Americans will observe the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Friday with ceremonies in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The White House, like many other places in the U.S., will observe a moment of silence Friday morning. On Friday night, two giant towers of light will rise in Lower Manhattan, the 13th installation of the “Tribute of Light,” an ephemeral memorial representing the Twin Towers destroyed in the 9/11 attack. [The New York Times]


Joe Biden discusses his future with Stephen Colbert

Vice President Joe Biden gave an emotional interview to Stephen Colbert on Thursday night’s Late Show, saying he’s not sure he and his family arecapable of giving “110 percent” to a presidential campaign so soon after the May death of Biden’s son, Beau. “I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there,” Biden said. The vice president added that he needed to keep moving forward because he would be letting down his son “if I didn’t just get up.” [Politico]


Field set for next week’s Republican presidential debate

CNN has unveiled the lineup for the next Republican presidential debate, which the network will host next Wednesday night at the Reagan Library. The 11 candidates who made the cut, based on 14 recent polls, are Donald Trump; Ben Carson; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.); former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.); Gov. John Kasich (Ohio); Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.); and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who made a strong showing in a second-tier debate after failing to make the first main debate. [CNN]


Flight 93 memorial dedicated

The Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center was dedicated Thursday on a Pennsylvania hill overlooking the site where the United Airlines jet crashed, killing 33 passengers and seven crew members during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Passengers on Flight 93 found out about the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and rushed the cockpit. The terrorists crashed into a field instead of Washington, D.C. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the memorial center captures “the real honor of the 40 and what they did.” [USA Today, The Associated Press]


GOP lawmaker in Michigan resigns after affair with colleague

One of two socially conservative Michigan lawmakers tainted by an extramarital affair and cover-up attempt resigned early Friday as his colleagues debated whether the pair should stay in their jobs. Republican Rep. Todd Courser resigned, effective immediately. He has admitted sending an outlandish phony email to GOP activists claiming he had been caught with a male prostitute — a ruse meant to make news of his affair with Rep. Cindy Gamrat seem less believable. Lawmakers later voted to expel Gamrat. [The Associated Press, CBS News]


Opposition tries to chip away at Singapore’s ruling party’s dominance

Singapore voters went to the polls Friday in the island nation’s most hotly contested general election ever. The long-ruling People’s Action Party’s is expected to win, but opposition parties are contesting all 89 seats in parliament for the first time since independence in 1965. Singapore’s status as an international financial hub have made it rich, but opposition politicians are hoping to take advantage of complaints over high property prices and a widening wealth gap. [Reuters]


Venezuelan opposition leader sentenced to prison

A Venezuelan judge on Thursday sentenced opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to 13 years and nine months in a military prison for “inciting violence” and other charges. The harsh sentence was likely to worsen tensions in the already deeply divided South American nation. The government of President Nicolas Maduro has said it wants to improve relations with the U.S., but the treatment of Lopez is considered likely to be an obstacle to any diplomatic overtures. The U.S. said it was “deeply troubled” by the sentence. [The Washington Post, Reuters]


Officers’ trial over Freddie Gray’s death stays in Baltimore

A judge ruled Thursday that the trials of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray would remain in Baltimore, despite extensive local publicity and heated emotions over the case. Defense lawyers had argued that the intense scrutiny the case had received would make it impossible for the officers to get a fair trial, but Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams disagreed. “The citizens of Baltimore are not monolithic,” he said. “They think for themselves.”



(CNN) – China is dumping U.S. debt

New York (CNN Money) — It’s no secret that China is the largest holder of U.S. debt.

So should Americans be concerned that China has started dumping some of its Treasury holdings?

After all, it raises serious questions about whether China will keep lending Washington money to help finance the federal deficit in the future.

But right now, China is selling because it’s in dire need of cash. Recently, it unleashed multiple moves to support its markets and prevent its currency from a freefall, while at the same time trying to stimulate the economy.

China yanks record sum from war chest

China owned $1.3 trillion of U.S. Treasuries as of June, making it the biggest holder of U.S. debt.

But China’s foreign-exchange reserves plunged by a record $94 billion in August, according to the country’s central bank, leaving it with a war chest of $3.6 trillion. Analysts say it’s very safe to believe a big chunk of that decline occurred due to a reduction in U.S. Treasury holdings.

The selling and the potential that China will not be buying U.S. debt in the near future raises questions on its potential to increase America’s borrowing costs.

Some of this might already be happening, at least at a small scale. When stock markets are turbulent, investors usually rush to the safety of U.S. Treasurys and yields fall. However, despite August’s extreme stock volatility, rates on Treasurys actually rose slightly in late August.

Part of that move is likely due to Wall Street betting the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates next week. But market participants also suspect the unusual action in the bond market was driven by China dumping Treasuries.

China is raising lots of cash

This time, Beijing is cutting its Treasury holdings out of a weakened position as it tries to stave off more declines in its currency. China is also propping up its stock market, which lost half its value in the span of just a few months this summer.

“Capital outflows have skyrocketed in China and the yuan is under intense selling pressure. The only thing they could do is sell Treasuries to buy their own currency,” said Walter Zimmerman, chief technical analyst at United-ICAP.

China isn’t trying to sink the U.S. economy

There have long been concerns that China could sink the American economy by unloading its gigantic holdings of Treasuries, sending borrowing costs skyrocketing.

Thankfully, those doomsday fears don’t appear to be at play here yet.

“If China’s U.S. Treasury stock is a nuclear bomb, moderate sales to offset selling pressure on the yuan are unlikely to set off an explosion,” Michael McDonough, chief economist at Bloomberg Intelligence, wrote in a recent report.

But moves could raise borrowing costs here

Still, China’s sales could make Treasury yields higher than they would normally be. That’s of concern because Treasury rates are used as a benchmark that set the cost of borrowing for items like credit cards and mortgages.

While it’s “not the end of the world,” SkyBridge Capital senior portfolio manager Troy Gayeski said higher yields could lead to a “slowdown in the housing recovery.”

What’s key is how much cash China ultimately needs to raise to defend its currency and stock market. No one, not even China, knows that figure.

China may go on a U.S. debt diet

So far, the American bond market seems to be taking the China move in stride.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is currently sitting at 2.22%, about unchanged from a month ago.

Demand for U.S. debt is healthy now especially when compared to the ultra-low, or even negative rates in other economic powerhouses like Germany and Japan.

Policymakers in Washington should hope that trend continues. Now that China’s economy is in disarray, America might not be able to count on its No. 1 lender to gobble up U.S. debt like in the past.

“China’s surplus is slowing. That gives them less firepower to accumulate Treasuries,” said Thomas Urano, managing director at Sage Advisory.

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(guardian) – Siri interrupts White House press briefing

Apple’s Siri interrupts a question about the intricacies of Barack Obama’s Iran policy on Thursday during a White House press briefing. The iPhone’s personal assistant beeped its question-acknowledgement tone as a journalist asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest if Obama is disappointed at not getting Republican backing for the Iran nuclear agreement. Siri then buts in, saying ‘Sorry. I’m not sure what you want me to change’

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(daily mail) – Downtown Los Angeles, CA car chase turns into restaurant standoff

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‘I just heard a man screaming ‘Get down! Get down!” : Armed carjacker shot dead by SWAT team who stormed restaurant where he was holding diners hostage after high speed car chase in California

  • SWAT teams entered building from front and back and shot gunman dead
  • Victim has not been named but was involved in high speed car chase
  • Using a gun, he stole a car and was pursued by police cars and helicopter
  • Carjacker drove dangerously between heavy traffic and skipped red lights 
  • Diners recalled how gunman entered restaurant and demanded medicine 

After using a gun to steal a car, the man, who has not been named, was involved in a high speed chase before abandoning the vehicle and entering the Chris and Pitt restaurant.

He reportedly fired twice into the air, terrifying customers before he allowed the women and children to leave the building.

Following a one hour stand off in which a police negotiator attempted to end the stalemate, SWAT teams entered the building from the front and back and shot dead the armed gunman.

Armed police wait for their orders before several SWAT teams enter the building and shot the gunman

Armed police wait for their orders before several SWAT teams enter the building and shot the gunman

Shocked and confused, the hostages from the restaurant sit on the curb after the diner was stormed by SWAT

Shocked and confused, the hostages from the restaurant sit on the curb after the diner was stormed by SWAT

Recalling the moment the gunman entered the restaurant, one customer described the terrifying scene.

‘We were eating dinner and I just heard a man screaming ‘Get down! Get down!” customer Stella Aguilera, out of breath and near tears, told KCAL-TV.

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