Calais 'Jungle' empties as demolition crews move in
Workers were set to begin demolishing the notorious Calais "Jungle" camp on Tuesday as a second batch of migrants boarded buses under a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement. More than 1,900 left the slum on Monday, ahead of work to tear down the makeshift shelters and eateries in the camp that has become a symbol of Europe's refugee crisis. Some 400 youngsters are being provisionally housed in shipping containers in a part of the Jungle where families had been living, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Monday.
UK government approves expansion of Heathrow Airport - BBC reporter
A committee of senior British government ministers chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday backed expanding Heathrow Airport, a BBC reporter said. Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, is battling with its smaller rival Gatwick for the right to expand, after successive governments failed to make a decision on a new runway due to environmental and political protests. The government is due to make an announcement to parliament at 1130 GMT about which option it has decided to back.
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Whaling nations vote down bid for South Atlantic sanctuary
Portoro? (Slovenia) (AFP) - Whaling nations defeated a renewed bid Tuesday by southern hemisphere states to create an Atlantic sanctuary for the marine mammals hunted to near extinction in the 20th century. A proposal by Argentina, Brazil, Gabon, South Africa and Uruguay, which needed a 75 percent majority, mustered only 38 yes votes out of 64 cast at an International Whaling Commission meeting, an outcome lamented by conservationists. Its main detractors were whalers Japan, Norway and Iceland -- with backing from a number of African, Asian and small island states.
Police deployed in Calais amid influx of young migrants
Malaysia to 'take a break' from F1, citing poor returns
Malaysia is planning to take a "temporary break" from Formula One because of mounting losses, officials said on Tuesday, in ominous signs for one of Asia's longest-running grands prix. Officials are due to meet this week to discuss the future of the Malaysian Grand Prix after its current contract expires in 2018. "The locals are not buying the tickets to watch F1," Razlan Razali, chief executive of the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), told AFP.
Moscow says Russian and Syrian planes have not struck Aleppo for seven daysThe Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that Russian and Syrian military planes had not launched any air strikes on Aleppo in the last seven days, contradicting a monitor who says frontline areas in the city have been bombed since Saturday. Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement that Russian and Syrian planes had not even approached let alone bombed the devastated city since Moscow said it was suspending air strikes last Tuesday ahead of a pause in hostilities. "Flights over Aleppo by the Russian and Syrian air forces have been completely halted for the last seven days," said Konashenkov.
Militants attack Pakistan police academy, killing 59
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) ? Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing at least 59 people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gunbattle with troops that lasted into early hours Tuesday.
Stocks, commodities climb as economic confidence lifts
World markets had a swagger about them on Tuesday as upbeat economic data and signs of a revival in inflation pushed up stocks and commodity prices and kept the dollar at a nine-month high. Factory surveys in the United States and Europe had boasted the best readings of the year so far on Monday and a six-month high for Japanese stocks in Tokyo [.T] overnight had followed a record close for the tech-heavy U.S. Nasdaq.
Four dead after Australia theme park disaster
Two women and two men were killed at a theme park on Australia's popular Gold Coast Tuesday, police said, with witnesses describing how "everyone was screaming" after a raft apparently flipped on a water ride. Queensland police said the four victims died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld park, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull extended his prayers to their families over what he called a "very, very, sad, tragic event".