Workers wield sledgehammers to tear down Calais "Jungle"
By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - French workers began demolishing the "Jungle" shanty town in Calais on Tuesday, wielding sledgehammers to tear down makeshift dwellings as former residents - migrants seeking entry to Britain - were moved out. Police equipped with water canon stood guard as hundreds of migrants - some of whom have lived in the scrubland on the northern French coast for months or years - waited for busses to take them for resettlement across France. "The migrants have known for a long time this was going to happen," the Calais region's prefect, Fabienne Buccio, told Reuters after arriving at the camp escorted by between 150 and 200 riot police.
Sumner Redstone forced to borrow $100 million from National Amusements: lawsuit
(Reuters) - Media mogul Sumner Redstone on Tuesday sued two ex-girlfriends for civil claims including elder abuse, alleging he was forced to borrow $100 million from the private company that holds his shares in CBS Corp and Viacom to cover tax obligations on gifts he gave to the women.
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Jury selection in officer's murder trial begins amid prayers
CINCINNATI (AP) ? Social activists held hands in a prayer circle outside a courthouse while potential jurors were inside amid tight security Tuesday in the racially charged murder trial of a white former university police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.
Britain backs Heathrow airport expansion despite splits
The British government approved a new third runway at London's Heathrow airport on Tuesday in a long-awaited decision that has stoked divisions and follows decades of debate over the issue. The move was hailed by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as a "momentous step" but sparked protests and threats of legal action from opponents. Following Britain's vote in June to leave the European Union, the "long overdue" decision would "send a clear message today that Britain is open for business", Grayling told the House of Commons.
Islamist militants kill 61 in Pakistan police attack
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Mormons preach love for LGBT members, but no doctrinal shift
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? Mormon leaders are telling gay and lesbian members in a new website launched Tuesday that attraction to people of the same-sex isn't a sin or a measure of their faithfulness, but reminding them that acting on those feelings by having sex violates fundamental doctrinal beliefs that will not change.
France begins demolition of 'Jungle' migrant camp
Workers escorted by scores of French police officers moved into the "Jungle" in Calais on Tuesday, demolishing shacks and tents emptied of migrants who were being bussed to shelters around France. The demolition work began on the second day of a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement in northern France, where an estimated 6,000-8,000 migrants, mostly Afghans, Sudanese and Eritreans, have been living. The finality of the operation was driven home by the demolition operation, as mattresses, blankets, clothes, pots and suitcases left behind by the migrants were piled on top of the wood and plastic sheeting used in their shacks.