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Brussels briefing: what stopped the migrants?

Welcome to Thursday’s edition of our daily Brussels Briefing. To receive it every morning in your email in-box, sign up here. What halted the main wave of Europe’s epoch-making migration crisis? Was it the fences of the western Balkans...Show More Summary

Indonesia: Death penalty, castration for child rapists

Tough new punishments aimed at combating alarming rate of child sex abuse, but activists say measures will not work.

Obama says world leaders "rattled" by Trump

And speaking at G7 summit in Japan, president says international colleagues' concerns about likely GOP nominee are well-founded

Obama's talk on nukes at Hiroshima to clash with reality

President won Nobel for pledge to work toward nuclear disarmament, so why so little progress in 7 years?

West Bank: Vigilantes use Facebook to halt Israeli raid

Residents of West Bank refugee camps take to social media to warn their neighbours of imminent Israeli incursions.

Syria civil war tops Russia-Arab Gulf meeting agenda

Meeting in Moscow comes as rebel coalition makes slow progress in campaign to evict ISIL from Raqqa in northern Syria.

Angelina Jolie and the quest to stop women's abuse

Let any celebrity join her in her fight to bring awareness of what happens to women in war zones.

U.S.: Lieberman Appointment 'Raises Serious Questions' About Israel's Direction

The U.S. has expressed its concern about the Israeli government’s swing to the far-right after the appointment of ultra-nationalist former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman as the ruling coalition’s new defense minister. “This raises legitimate questions about the direction it may be heading in and what kind of policies it may adopt,” U.S. Show More Summary

Almost Half of EU Members Ignore Egypt Arms Sale Ban: Amnesty

Almost half of all EU states disregard a union-wide ban on selling arms to Egypt, human rights group Amnesty International said in a statement on Wednesday. The EU suspension on arms deals with Cairo was put in place after clashes between protesters and security forces killed over 500 people in 2013. Show More Summary

DRC braced for protests planned by opposition

Dissident group vows to go ahead with nationwide rallies in defiance of controversial ban placed by Kabila government.

HIV-positive women with childhood trauma have double the brain trouble

Georgina Spies, Stellenbosch University HIV-positive women who have endured a trauma such as emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or neglect earlier in their lives are more likely to have trouble remembering, paying attention or multitasking. Show More Summary

Mugabe Supporters March in Zimbabwe Amid Party Division

Mugabe slammed those fighting over who might succeed him as "treasonous"

How to prevent the collapse of Egyptian tourism

Firstly, it is important to voice my solidarity with the families of the victims of last week's horrific EgyptAir crash. It is also important to voice my solidarity with the people of Egypt and its government during this tough time,Show More Summary

The 'China factor': Looming large over new President Tsai's plans for economic autonomy

In the days leading up to last Friday's presidential inauguration ceremony in Taiwan, turtle eggs and pineapples hogged the front pages of the island nation's newspapers and airwaves. Chinese customs officials have become suddenly concerned about residual pesticides on pineapples exported by Taiwan. Show More Summary

Fresh strikes in France as nuclear workers join protest

Protests over labour reforms considered 'too pro-business' continue, forcing France to tap into emergency fuel reserves.

Bird Takes Off With Knife From Crime Scene

The CBC describes Canuck as "Vancouver's most notorious crow" and it's not hard to see why: After cops in the Canadian city shot and injured a man who confronted them with a knife on Tuesday, the crow took off with the weapon from the crime scene. Police say Canuck—identifiable...

$5K Fine for Students Who Won't Shake Teacher's Hand

Swiss authorities ruled Wednesday that any student who refuses to shake a teacher's hand could earn their parents a stiff $5,000 fine, USA Today reports. Last month, two teenage Muslim students at a Swiss middle school refused to shake hands with female teachers, citing an interpretation of the Koran...

Azerbaijan Frees Prominent Investigative Journalist

Khadija Ismayilova says the charges against her were "false and illegal"

A mushroom cloud hangs over Obama's Hiroshima visit

Has the world failed to learn any lessons from the 1945 US atomic strikes on Japan?

Refugee boat carrying hundred capsizes off Libya coast

At least five die as Italian navy rescues "562 people", taking the total transferred to Italy this year to about 40,000.

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