- Missing Turkish soldier seen in Islamic State hands: Hurriyet
By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish soldier who went missing this week on the border with Syrian territory controlled by Islamic State has been seen in a hospital run by the militants, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Saturday. If confirmed, the soldier's capture would be a major problem for Turkey, after it stepped up military action against Islamic State in July, opening its air bases to U.S.-led coalition war planes and launching air strikes. The soldier vanished and another was killed in cross-border shooting with Islamic State fighters on Tuesday near the Turkish town of Kilis, close to Syrian territory that has been under Islamic State control for months.
- UAE hits Houthi targets in Yemen with air strikes, buries soldiers
By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Warplanes from the United Arab Emirates struck Houthi targets across Yemen, state news agency WAM said on Saturday, a day after 60 soldiers from a Saudi-led coalition, mostly Emiratis, were killed in an attack on their base in central Yemen. Apart from 45 Emiratis and five Bahrainis, Saudi state-run Al Ekhbariya TV reported on Saturday that 10 Saudi soldiers were also killed in the attack in Marib on Friday, quoting Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri, the spokesman of the coalition. WAM said the UAE air force struck a mine-making plant in the Houthi-dominated Saada province in northern Yemen, as well as military camps and weapon stores in the central Ibb province and in the capital Sanaa, causing "heavy damage".
- Ten Saudi soldiers killed Houthi strike on Yemen weapons store
KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Ten Saudi soldiers were killed in Yemen when Houthi fighters attacked a weapons store on Friday, Saudi state-run Al Ekhbariya TV reported on Saturday on its Twitter account, quoting Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri, the spokesman of the coalition. This raises death toll among the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis to 60. The United Arab Emirates said 45 of its soldiers were killed, and five Bahraini soldiers were also killed. Al Arabiya TV reported the same number of Saudi soldiers killed. (Reporting by Reem Shamseddine; Editing by Alison Williams)
- Rwanda names 24 baby mountain gorillas in annual tradition
KINIGI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda named two-dozen baby mountain gorillas in an annual ceremony Saturday that highlights the African country's efforts to protect the endangered animals, which attract large numbers of foreign tourists to the volcano-studded forests where they live.
- 'Comprehensive' European plan needed on migrant crisis: UK's Osborne
By Nick Tattersall ANKARA (Reuters) - Europe and Britain must offer asylum to those genuinely fleeing persecution but also need to boost aid, defeat smuggling gangs, and tackle the conflict in Syria to stem a migrant crisis, Britain's finance minister told Reuters on Saturday. "It's absolutely clear we need a comprehensive plan across Europe," Osborne told Reuters on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 finance chiefs in Turkey.
- Spain police bust drug plantation set up by inmate on leave
MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities who raided what is thought to be the country's largest outdoor marijuana planation didn't have far to look for the prime suspect. He was in jail.
- Islamists dominate cities in Morocco local elections
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's Islamist party dominated this North African kingdom's urban areas in local elections, but trailed in total seats behind two parties with strong backing in the countryside, according to final results announced Saturday.
- Lewis Hamilton takes pole for the Italian Grand Prix
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton continued to reign supreme in one-lap speed on Saturday when he secured his 11th pole position in 12 races for Mercedes by topping qualifying for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. The 30-year-old Briton powered around the high-speed Autodromo Nazional in warm sunshine to clock a best lap of one minute and 23.383 seconds and finish three-tenths clear of a resurgent Kimi Raikkonen, who was cheered to the flag in his Ferrari. The Finn, inspired by the tifosi packed into the main grandstand opposite the Ferrari pits, produced a flying late effort to beat his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who wound up third.
- New England's ports, long past prime, seek to stage comeback
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The noise and bustle of nearby neighborhoods fade away at New Haven's sprawling port. An oil and chemical tanker floats placidly at a dock. A tug pushes a barge out in Long Island Sound. Only occasionally do trucks rumble up to a scrap metal business or deliver materials for road work.
- Austria, Germany open borders to migrants offloaded by Hungary
By Krisztina Than and Karin Strohecker HEGYESHALOM, Hungary/VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants on Saturday, bussed to the Hungarian border by a right-wing government that had tried to stop them but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers reaching Europe’s frontiers. Left to walk the last yards into Austria, rain-soaked migrants, many of them refugees from Syria's civil war, were whisked by train and shuttle bus to Vienna, where many said they were resolved to continue on to Germany. German police later said the first 450 of up to 10,000 migrants expected on Saturday had arrived on a special train in Munich from Austria.
- German UN official seen as favorite for Libya post - envoys
By Louis Charbonneau and Tom Miles UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA (Reuters) - Martin Kobler, a German United Nations official currently overseeing the mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the top candidate to take over as head of the world body's mission to Libya, U.N. diplomats said. If U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon decides to appoint Kobler to head the mission in conflict-torn Libya, he would replace Bernardino Leon, who the diplomats said was expected to step down soon and may have political ambitions in his home country of Spain. Four years after the ousting of late leader Muammar Gaddafi, militant groups allied to each of two rival administrations have brought the country's oil-dependent economy to its knees, and most of Libya is lawless and run by armed groups.
- Michigan lawmakers weigh discipline for pair in sex scandal
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two freshmen tea party lawmakers who set out to shake up Michigan's Capitol succeeded in a way no one could have imagined.
- Al Shabaab militants seize two towns in southern Somalia
By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militants al Shabaab seized control of two towns over two days in southwestern Somalia, a spokesman for the group and local officials said on Saturday, less than a week after its fighters attacked an African Union base in the same area. Al Shabaab said it had seized two small towns in the Lower Shabelle region - El Saliindi, 65 km (40 miles) south of Mogadishu en route to the port town of Marka, and Kuntuwarey, on the road between the capital and the port of Barawe. The militant group, which is seeking to overthrow the Western-backed government in Somalia and impose its strict version of Islamic law, stages regular attacks on the AU-led peacekeeping force and on Somali officials as the country struggles to rebuild after more than two decades of chaos.
- The Latest: Hungarian PM says migrant crisis not resolved
- Congress returns to weighty list of unfinished business
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns on Tuesday with a critical need for a characteristic rarely evident through a contentious spring and summer — cooperation between Republicans and President Barack Obama.
- Austrian far-right leader blames U.S., NATO for migrant crisis
The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) has blamed the United States and the NATO Western military alliance for triggering the refugee crisis that has overwhelmed Europe. Strache's opposition FPO party, which leads opinion polls ahead of the centrist Social Democrats and People's Party coalition partners, typically espouses anti-Muslim and isolationist approaches to dealing with foreign policy.
- Hungary bus fleet delivers 4,000 migrants to Austria welcome
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of exhausted, elated migrants reached their dream destinations of Germany and Austria on Saturday, completing epic journeys by boat, bus, train and foot to escape war and poverty.
- Germany to turn down 75,000 asylum requests as speeds procedures: magazine
Germany is expected to reject up to 75,000 asylum requests this year by migrants mainly from southeastern Europe, as it speeds up asylum and extradition procedures for those from countries it deems safe to focus on refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq. Der Spiegel magazine said on Saturday Germany had deported more than 10,000 foreigners so far this year, many of them from western Balkan countries such as Serbia and Macedonia, around the same number as for the whole of 2014. Germany expects a record influx of up to 800,000 refugees and migrants this year, four times last year's level.
- Hungary may deploy army on borders after Sept. 15 to keep out migrants
Hungary will deploy police forces along its southern border after Sept. 15 to stem a refugee influx and also send in the military if parliament approves a government proposal, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday. "The big changes will come after Sept. 15... and we'll bring the border under control step by step," Orban told a news conference.
- Protests in southern Syrian city after Druze cleric killed
BEIRUT (AP) — Anti-government violence spread on Saturday in a southern Syrian province that had largely stayed on the sidelines of the country's civil war, a day after the killing of a prominent cleric in rare explosions that claimed the lives of at least 25 others, activists and pro-government media said.
- At least 47 killed in clashes between Islamic State and Syrian rebels: monitor
At least 47 fighters were killed in clashes between the Islamic State group and rival Syrian rebels, a monitor said on Saturday, in an area where the United States and Turkey are planning to open a new front against Islamic State militants. The renewed fighting raged on Friday around the rebel-held town of Marea, 20 km (12 miles) from the Turkish border, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The area falls within a "safe zone" Turkey said last month it would set up in northern Syria to help keep Islamic State at bay.
- Hundreds of migrants arrive in Munich with special train from Austria
Hundreds of migrants arrived at Munich railway station on Saturday, a Reuters witness said, after Austria and Germany agreed with Hungary to allow migrants to cross their borders. A police spokesman said around 450 migrants arrived on a special train and they would now be escorted onto a city train to take them to an emergency registration center nearby. Police have said that authorities expect between 5,000 and 10,000 refugees to come to Germany from Hungary via Austria on Saturday.
- Afghan official: 13 killed in north as donors meet in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 13 Afghan civilians were killed on Saturday in a previously peaceful region in the country's north as President Ashraf Ghani sought to assure international donors gathered in the capital Kabul that Afghanistan is making progress on promised reforms.
- 'Wake up call' as thousands of migrants pour into Austria
Thousands of migrants streamed into Austria from Hungary on Saturday, in what Vienna called a "wake up call" for Europe to get to grips with its biggest refugee influx since World War II. "This has to be an eye opener how messed up the situation in Europe is now," Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said as he arrived for talks in Luxembourg with his EU peers dominated by the crisis. Austrian police said that 4,000 people crossed the border during the night and on Saturday morning, with the number predicted to rise later to 10,000.
- Houston-area sheriff's deputy remembered during funeral
HOUSTON (AP) — Thousands of law enforcement officers stood at attention to form a wall Friday outside one of Houston's largest churches as a 21-gun salute and flyover by police helicopters were carried out in honor of a slain sheriff's deputy.
- Japan lifts evacuation order for town near doomed nuke plant
NARAHA, Japan (AP) — Japan's government on Saturday lifted a 4 1/2-year-old evacuation order for the northeastern town of Naraha that had sent all of the town's 7,400 residents away following the disaster at the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant.
- Italian president calls for shared EU asylum policy
Italian President Sergio Mattarella called on Saturday for shared asylum rules in the European Union, saying thousands of migrants approaching Europe should not be seen as enemies. Speaking via video link to a conference in northern Italy, Mattarella said he was hopeful the bloc was finally on the road to common rules, after Germany and France joined Italy last week in urging the EU to take a more centrally coordinated approach. "The choice is not between surrendering to an invasion and the supposed defense of 'Fortress Europe'," said Mattarella, whose role is largely ceremonial but takes on important powers in times of political instability.
- UN climate talks plagued by twin fears
Negotiators from 195 nations tasked with crafting a universal climate pact are driven by twin fears tugging in opposite directions, which may result in a hollow deal, say analysts. It is also a reminder that the window of opportunity for acting is barely ajar -- if human emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases don't peak very soon and drop very swiftly, it may soon slam shut. At the same time, however, career diplomats -- and their political bosses -- working on the nitty-gritty of the deal to be inked in Paris in December are haunted by another fear subtly nudging them in the opposite direction: the fear of failure.
- G20 seeks to lift market mood, douse China fears
Ministers and central bank chiefs from the world's top 20 economies sought Saturday to bolster market confidence in the global economy and calm mounting jitters over the fallout from China's slowdown. Also preoccupying the economic supremos from the G20 is the monetary policy of the US Federal Reserve, with economists warning a rate rise at its next meeting later this month could deal a heavy blow to emerging markets already mired in trouble and, in some cases, recession. China rattled markets in mid-August with a sudden devaluation of its currency, amplifying concerns about its slowing growth and leading to panic selling on markets.
- Ukraine's president lauds renewed cease-fire in the east