Calais Jungle camp clearance accomplished, prefect says
By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - French authorities on Wednesday finished clearing the "Jungle", a squalid shanty town built outside the port of Calais by thousands of migrants desperately seeking a passage to Britain, and expected to disperse the last of its inhabitants around France within hours. The operation mostly passed off peacefully, although some tents and shelters were torched in a last gesture of defiance as the refugees saw their hopes of a new life in Britain vanish. "This is the end of the 'Jungle'," Calais' regional prefect Fabienne Buccio said.
Police disperse crowd protesting detentions in Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) ? Turkish police on Wednesday used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators protesting the detentions of two leading politicians in the largest city in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast.
National Geographic 'Afghan girl' arrested in Pakistan
An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers. The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry in the 1980s, became the most famous cover image in the magazine's history. Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Gul for fraud following a two-year investigation on her and her husband, who has absconded.
Gambia says it is leaving International Criminal Court
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? Gambia has become the third African nation to say it will leave the International Criminal Court, deepening fears of a mass pullout from the body that pursues some of the world's worst atrocities.
Homeless advocates, Democrats appeal Ohio voting rulesWASHINGTON (AP) ? Advocates for the homeless and the Ohio Democratic Party are asking the Supreme Court to block election rules that could disqualify thousands of absentee and provisional ballots in the battleground state because of minor mistakes or omissions.
Despite ratings drop, Olympics boosts Comcast in 3Q
Comcast's profit rose 12 percent in the July-September quarter thanks to the Olympics and the first third-quarter gains in video subscribers in a decade. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke has said that the ...
Police investigate vandalizing of Trump's Hollywood starLOS ANGELES (AP) ? Los Angeles police are investigating the vandalizing of Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Diplomats say US will abstain on UN vote on Cuba embargo
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The United States on Wednesday will abstain for the first time from a U.N. resolution criticizing America's economic embargo against Cuba, according to diplomats familiar with the matter. Such a step would effectively pit the Obama administration and Cuba with the world body against the Republican-led Congress, which supports the 55-year-old embargo despite the U.S. resumption of full diplomatic relations with Cuba.
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Officers on leave after 2 suspects killed at Maryland motel
ELKTON, Md. (AP) ? Several Maryland law enforcement officers are on administrative leave after two people sought by Delaware authorities on gun and drug charges were shot to death at a Cecil County motel.