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Dignity of migrants to be respected

Home affairs ministers will meet on September 14 in Brussels to try and “strengthen the European response” to the influx, said Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency.
“Europe needs to stop being moved and start moving,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, calling again for a fairer distribution of migrants among the European Union’s 28 members.
Europe has been struggling to cope with the record numbers of people flooding across its borders - about 300 000 this year alone, according to the UN - in a crisis which has exposed deep divisions within the bloc.
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Boko Haram kills another 56

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State of the region said Sunday, as the government warned that the extremists are trying to extend their violent campaign.
Governor Kashim Shettima confirmed the attack in Baanu village during a meeting with the parents of the 219 girls abducted from a school in the region by the extremists last year. Thursday marked 500 days of captivity of the girls from a school in Chibok.
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Caste system in India permits abuse

Thousands have signed a petition urging protection for two Indian sisters after a local council allegedly ordered them raped and paraded naked as “punishment” after their brother eloped with a married woman.
Amnesty International said on Sunday more than 122 000 people have joined its online petition in recent days to protest at the order by the council of elders or “khap panchayat” in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
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Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors

The Health Ministry said the ban was lifted on April 1, “given the current context with more than 5 000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease.”
The three-month restriction is apparently aimed at preventing long-term residence by foreigners, such as those looking to work in the island-nation or looking to accompany a child studying here.
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Dad of slain US journalist calls for end to gun violence

The parents of a young US journalist who was murdered on live television along with her cameraman say they will dedicate their energies to fighting gun violence in America.
Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot to death in a horrifying attack while doing a live interview on August 26. The gunman, disgruntled former reporter Vester Flanagan, fatally shot himself a few hours later.
"I plan to devote all of my strength and resources to seeing that some good comes from this evil," Parker's father Andy wrote in Sunday's Washington Post.
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Iran promises free elections

Parliamentary elections set for February in Iran will be free and open to all, promised President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday.
“I will personally ensure that the elections are run in a free and healthy manner,” said Rowhani, making a reference to past elections which opposition members have called “unhealthy” for Iran.
He said would also make sure that all parties are able to participate in the vote, so long as they show respect for the law.
“Some will like this, some will not,” he said in a statement posted on the presidency’s website.
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Possible US sanctions for Chinese hackers

The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of US trade secrets, the Washington Post reported.
The newspaper, citing several unidentified Obama administration officials, said a final determination of whether to issue the sanctions was expected soon, possibly as early as the next two weeks.
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Japanese medic committed vivisections on Chinese

A Japanese war criminal confessed to torturing and performing vivisections on Chinese people during Japan’s War of Aggression against China, according to a written archive released Monday.
The State Archives Administration (SAA) published the hand-written confession by Tokokichi Nagata, who was born in 1920 and joined the invasion of China as a medic in 1942. He was captured in August 1945.
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More suspects in Bangkok bombing

Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing widened their net in the search for more suspects on Sunday after a foreigner was arrested and stacks of fake passports and bomb-making materials were found during a raid on a Bangkok apartment block.
The 28-year-old man, who has been in Thailand since January 2014, was detained on charges of possessing illegal explosives. Police have not revealed his identity or nationality.
The August 17 bomb at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine, where Thais and Asian tourists flock each day, stunned Thailand.
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Oil spill in the Nile

Egypt’s official news agency MENA says a pipeline at a southern power plant has burst, covering a kilometre and half of the Nile River with fuel oil.
The governor of the southern city of Assiut, Yasser el-Dasouqi, says on Saturday that after the rupture on Friday, 11 nearby water stations were immediately shut down to prevent the oil from reaching local tap water.
Seven of these were reopened after water samples met health standards, while trucks loaded with clean drinking water were sent to the affected areas, al-Dasouqi added.
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