Malta says plane crashed en route to Libya surveillance trip
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) ? Malta's government says the small plane that crashed in a fireball soon after takeoff, killing all five crew members aboard, had been heading to Libya's coast to monitor migrant trafficking routes for the French government.
Brazil plans to waive visas for visitors from U.S., Japan
Brazil's government is considering waiving visas for visitors from the United States, Japan, Canada and Australia to boost tourism, and could eventually extend the plan to include China, a tourism ministry spokesman said on Monday. The proposal by new Tourism Minister Marx Beltrão would extend for a 12-month trial period a visa-waiver program adopted for visitors from the four countries during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year. Brazil's President Michel Temer is keen to draw more foreign investment and visitors to Brazil to help pull Latin America's largest nation from its worst recession since the 1930s Great Depression.
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 ...
Former Pennsylvania attorney general to be sentenced for perjury
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is due to be sentenced on Monday for leaking grand jury information to embarrass a rival and then lying about it to investigators. Kane, 50, the first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general, faces a maximum prison sentence of 24 years but state guidelines suggest she could get a significantly shorter sentence. District Attorney Kevin Steele, who prosecuted the case, opposed Kane's request for house arrest, saying it was inappropriate for someone facing a state prison sentence and suggesting that Kane's ex-husband could care for the children.
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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.
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.