Family of Syrian toddler on Turkish beach tried to reach CanadaBy Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - The family of a Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish beach had been trying to emigrate to Canada after fleeing the war-torn town of Kobani, one of their relatives told a Canadian newspaper on Thursday. A photograph of the tiny body of a three-year old boy washed up in the Aegean resort of Bodrum appeared in newspapers around the world on Thursday, spawning sympathy and outrage at the perceived inaction of developed nations in helping refugees. Urgent action required - A Europe-wide mobilization is urgent," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Twitter of the boy.
Stocks rally but investors wary before ECB forecasts
World stocks rose on Thursday and the dollar held steady as cautious investors awaited new growth and inflation forecasts from the European Central Bank later in the day and U.S. jobs data on Friday. The ECB left interest rates unchanged, as forecast, but central bank chief Mario Draghi is expected to unveil revised forecasts in a news conference beginning at 1230 GMT (8.30 a.m. EDT). U.S. employment data could be a major factor in determining whether the Federal Reserve raises rates later this month.
At least 14 killed as boat overloaded with migrants capsizes off Malaysia
By Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - An overloaded wooden boat believed to be carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants sank off the coast of Malaysia on Thursday, killing at least 14 people, among them 13 women, maritime officials said. The boat, which maritime officials estimated had about 70 people aboard, had left Sabak Bernam in Malaysia's western state of Selangor for Sumatra in neighboring Indonesia when the accident happened. Initial conversations with survivors led officials to believe the passengers were Indonesian, said Muhammad Aliyas Hamdan, an official of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).
EU's Tusk calls for at least 100,000 refugees to be redistributedEuropean Union countries should sharply increase offers to share out asylum seekers across the bloc to relocate at least 100,000 and should set up refugee reception centers outside Europe, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday. "Fair distribution of at least 100,000 refugees among EU states is what we need to do," Tusk, who chairs summits of EU leaders, told a joint news conference in Brussels with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. EU countries have so far committed to share about 32,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece, a number short of a European Commission proposal of 40,000.
French PM urges action after images of dead migrant toddlerFrench Prime Minister Manuel Valls said images of a drowned Syrian toddler on a Turkish beach showed the need for urgent action by Europe to address the migrant crisis. "He had a name: Aylan Kurdi. Urgent action required - A Europe-wide mobilization is urgent," he wrote on his Twitter feed on Thursday.
Migrants leave Budapest for Austrian frontier; pressure builds for EU action
By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrants left Budapest aboard a packed train bound for a town near the Austrian border on Thursday after two days of chaos symbolic of a European asylum system brought to breaking point. Exhausted and confused, migrants crammed onto a train to the Hungarian border town of Sopron, clinging to doors and squeezing their children through open carriage windows. Trains to Vienna and beyond to Germany were canceled, making it unclear what would be the next stop for the migrants - many of them refugees from wars in the Middle East.
Turkey's Erdogan calls on Europe to be more sensitive on migrantsANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Thursday for developed countries, notably in Europe, to be more sensitive on the immigration crisis, saying he did not consider the way some European countries classify refugees as humane. In a speech at a conference in Ankara, Erdogan also said that terrorism was the biggest threat to the economy and a growing problem on which Western nations were not showing enough sensitivity. (Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall)
Hungarian police stop train and take migrants offHungarian police stopped the first train bound for the town of Sopron near the Austrian border on Thursday and told migrants to get off at the town of Bicske where Hungary has a migrant reception center, a Reuters reporter said. About 50 riot police were lined up near the train. One carriage was emptied by police and five more carriages full of migrants were still standing at the station.
Two blasts rock Cameroon town previously attacked by Boko HaramYAOUNDE (Reuters) - Two explosions hit a village in northern Cameroon on Thursday that has previously been attacked by Boko Haram Islamist militants from neighbouring Nigeria, two Cameroon army officiers said. "The first was just after 9 o'clock (0800 GMT) in the market in Kerawa and the other around 200 metres (yards) from the (military) infantry camp. For the moment we don't have a death toll," one of the officers told Reuters.
Congo militia chief tried to protect civilians, war crimes court told
By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Lawyers for militia leader Bosco Ntaganda sought on Thursday to counter a portrayal of their client as cruel and bloodthirsty, saying he was a professional soldier who had tried to protect civilians from chaos and disorder in Congo in the early 2000s. Accounts of rape and massacres in northeast Congo have dominated the first two days of his trial, with prosecutors saying Ntaganda gathered a guerrilla army to strengthen his allies and corner the region's mineral resources for himself. "The Union of Congolese Patriots' (UPC) aim was to take political and military control of Ituri and to protect the population from attacks," said defence counsel Luc Boutin.