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Thwarted by Hungary's closed borders, refugees head to Croatia

Refugees walk to CroatiaFor the Serbian bus driver and his bosses, a day of easy money was suddenly becoming complicated — but potentially even more lucrative than expected.

Just as the driver was closing the doors on his bus, with about 60 refugees crammed inside, to rumble off on a 10-mile trip from their makeshift camp in Kanjiza to the border with Hungary at Horgos, his passengers revolted — or rather, announced they wanted to go separate ways.


West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside'

Syria catastropheRussia proposed more than three years ago that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, could step down as part of a peace deal, according to a senior negotiator involved in back-channel discussions at the time.

Former Finnish president and Nobel peace prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari said western powers failed to seize on the proposal. Since it was made, in 2012, tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions uprooted, causing the world’s gravest refugee crisis since the second world war.


Pope Francis Endorses Iran Nuclear Deal

Pope Francis endorses Iran dealThe Vatican endorsed the Iran nuclear accord Monday as a positive step towards its broader goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.

“We hope that the full implementation of [the nuclear deal] will ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme under the [Non-Proliferation Treaty] and will be a definitive step toward greater stability and security in the region,” Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican's foreign minister, said in a statement delivered at the International Atomic Energy Association in Vienna.


Hungary issues state of emergency amid EU crackdown over refugees

Hungary state of emergencyHungary's government instituted a state of emergency on Tuesday, saying it would bring a halt to refugees attempting to pass through its territory and into Western Europe. The decree enabled authorities to deploy troops to the border with Serbia, close the crossing and detain refugees.

Though parliament must still approve the deployment of military forces, heavily armed military personnel with vehicles and dogs have been spotted at the Serbia border in recent days.


Australian PM Tony Abbott ousted by Cabinet minister Malcolm Turnbull

Tony AbbottAustralian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been ousted from his position after a challenge within his Liberal Party by senior Cabinet minister turned-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

A ballot was hastily held Monday to determine the leader of the party and its deputy position. Abbott's leadership survived a challenge in February but Abbott has continuously been plagued by poor opinion polls and a hostile Senate.


Eruption at Japanese Mount Aso raises warning level

Mt. Aso eruptionJapan's Mount Aso erupted Sunday on the southern island of Kyushu, prompting the nation's weather agency to raise its volcano alert level.

Thick smoke spewed from the volcano Sunday, threatening to endanger locals with volcanic ash and falling rocks. One transit station about half a mile away was engulfed by the ash.


Mexican tourists killed in error by Egyptian forces

Mexican tourists killed in EgyptAt least 12 people were killed and 10 injured in Egypt's southwestern desert Sunday when armed forces mistakenly fired on a group of Mexican tourists, Egyptian officials said.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirmed the incident and said at least two of the dead were Mexican nationals. It said in a statement that the victims were still being identified, and Foreign Ministry personnel were working with the families of the victims.


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