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Migrant children rescued from Austria minivan 'recovering'

Miivan children recovering in AustriaThree children are recovering in hospital in Austria after being rescued from a minivan containing 26 migrants.

Police said the severely dehydrated children would not have lasted much longer in the cramped vehicle.  The minivan was stopped in Braunau district on Friday and the Romanian driver was arrested after a chase.

Separately, four men appeared in court in Hungary following the discovery last week of another truck in Austria containing the bodies of 71 people.


Turkish jets join US-led airstrikes against ISIL

TUrkish plans target ISISTurkey announced Saturday that its fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIL in Syria.

A Foreign Ministry statement said the jets began attacking the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant targets late Friday across the border in Syria that were deemed to be threats to Turkey.

After months of hesitation, Turkey agreed last month to take on a more active role in the fight against ISIL. Turkish jets used guided bombs to attack ISIL positions in Syria, without crossing into Syrian airspace, and later Turkey granted U.S. jets access to a key air base close to the Syrian border.


Snowden may get freedom prize at Norway border

Norway border Snowden prizeThe Norwegian academy which gave Edward Snowden a free speech prize is planning to hold a "symbolic ceremony" for the whistleblower at the country's far-northern border with Russia.

The Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression, which awarded the NSA whistleblower its Bjornson prize earlier this year, said that, as Norway's government is still giving no assurances that it will protect Snowden, it could be forced to hold the ceremony at the border.

"An award ceremony like that would without doubt be very special," Hege Newth Nouri, the academy's head, told state broadcaster NRK.


Al-Jazeera English defendants await verdict in Egypt trial

Al Jazeera journalistshree journalists on trial in an Egyptian court on terrorism-related charges are awaiting its verdict, hopeful that they will be acquitted after lengthy proceedings criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

On Friday, a day before the verdict, Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, who was Al-Jazeera's acting Cairo bureau chief, said he was particularly hopeful because senior Egyptian officials had agreed to meet his lawyer Amal Clooney, in Cairo.


Refugee boat sinkings claim at least 100 off Libya, hundreds more missing

Lybia migrants drownThe bodies of scores of refugees have been recovered by Libyan authorities responding to two off-coast sinkings of smuggling ships thought to be carrying hundreds of people.

A Red Crescent official told the Associated Press that 105 people have so far been confirmed dead, but it is feared that the total could rise as hundreds are still missing. On Friday, Libyan authorities were observed removing bodies from the waters off the coastal city of Zuwara — a launch pad for overcrowded refugee ships heading to Europe.


65 Pounds of Diamonds Vanish in Russia

diamonds vanish in russiaRough diamonds worth millions of dollars have reportedly disappeared from Russia's supposedly impenetrable repository created by the Bolsheviks to store the tsar's jewels.

The state-owned Severalmaz company handed diamonds weighing a combined 150,000 carats — or 66 pounds — to the Gokhran repository for inventory purposes, according to respected business daily Kommersant.


UN Report: Israeli Weapons Fueling South Sudan Civil War

Sudanese with Israeli made rifleSouth Sudan has been in the midst of a civil war for the past 18 months, and the United Nations has reported in the past on extensive human rights violations there during the fighting, including the drafting of child-soldiers and the burning of villages.

According to the current report, the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army has been implementing a scorched-earth policy, and has been involved in indiscriminate killing, rape, pillaging, destruction of infrastructure and uprooting of civilians from their homes.


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