France starts clearing 'jungle' migrant camp in Calais
By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - France began clearing the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais on Monday, with hundreds carrying suitcases queuing outside a hangar to be resettled in reception centers across the country. It plans to relocate them to 450 centers across France. "It doesn't matter where I end up, I don't really care." French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said that authorities had not needed to use force and that the large police presence at the camp on Monday was just for security.
South African CEOs call for Gordhan charges to be dropped
At least 80 heads of top South African firms including Anglo American, Barclays Africa Group and Naspers want fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to be dropped. The top executives of mostly-listed firms in Africa's most industrialised country - ranging from mining, media, retail and banking - said in a newspaper advertisement on Sunday that political wrangling was damaging an already stalling economy at a time the country faced a sovereign credit downgrade.
Iraq forces shell IS near Mosul; group urges airstrike probe
Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State positions outside Mosul on Monday as fighting to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that ...
Migrants leave Calais 'Jungle' by bus ahead of demolition
Migrants lugging meagre belongings boarded buses Monday taking them away from Calais' "Jungle" under a French plan to raze the notorious camp and symbol of Europe's refugee crisis. "Bye bye, Jungle!" a group of migrants shouted as they hauled luggage through the muddy lanes of the shantytown where thousands from Africa and the Middle East had holed up, desperate to sneak into Britain. Scores of Sudanese and Eritrean men queued in the pre-dawn cold outside a hangar where they were later sorted into groups and put on coaches for shelters across France.
Battle for Mosul can shape or break Iraq further
By Samia Nakhoul, Michael Georgy and Stephen Kalin ERBIL (Reuters) - It has taken two years of training a demoralized army, backed up by the air cover and special forces of the world?s greatest powers, for Iraq to mount an offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State. If local fighters in Mosul can be persuaded to drop their allegiance to Islamic State, there is a chance that the battle can be brought to a more speedy conclusion, and that could have major implications for the future of Iraq. Against a background of splits and rebellions in the Islamic State ranks in Mosul, some opposing commanders believe that a successful attempt to win over those local fighters could mean the battle lasts only weeks rather than months.
Attack in Iraq's Kirkuk over, 74 IS jihadists dead: governor
Iraqi security forces on Monday ended an attack by the Islamic State group in Kirkuk city, killing at least 74 jihadists in three days of clashes, the provincial governor said. "The attack is over and life has returned to normal," Najmeddin Karim, the governor of Kirkuk province, told AFP.
May to offer Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland talks with Brexit minister
Representatives of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments will get a chance to tell Brexit minister David Davis how they hope Britain's future relationship with the EU will work, under plans the government announced on Monday. At a meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May will offer the leaders of the three devolved governments, which have varying degrees of autonomy, formal discussions on Brexit at least twice before the end of the year, her office said. "The country is facing a negotiation of tremendous importance and it is imperative that the devolved administrations play their part in making it work," May said in a statement her office released before the meeting.
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Hayden a symbol of when youth took history into own hands
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) ? Tom Hayden was long past his heyday of political rebellion and the Chicago 7 trial when he died on Sunday at age 76. But in American culture, he remained an enduring symbol of a time when young people took history into their own hands.
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