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Mourners to pay tribute to slain television cameraman

Monday, August 31, 2015 1:19am

Jeff Marks, WDBJ 7 general manager, speaks during an interfaith service held in the Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Va., on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Community religious leaders gathered Sunday to remember 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward, the two television journalists who were shot and killed while working last week. (Natalee Waters/The Roanoke Times via AP)ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Salem High School will open its doors to the community Monday to commemorate the life of an alumni — Adam Ward, the 27-year-old cameraman for a Roanoke television station who was slain on live TV last week.

Afghan Taliban offer leader's biography amid power struggle

Monday, August 31, 2015 1:16am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader Monday as hundreds of insurgents met to resolve a dispute over his appointment following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Austria toughens border controls in trafficking clampdown

Monday, August 31, 2015 1:13am

VIENNA/BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Austria toughened controls at its eastern borders in an attempt to clamp down on trafficking of refugees, triggering a queue of vehicles on Monday that stretched some 20 kms (12 miles) back into Hungary. Austrian authorities last week discovered the bodies of 71 refugees in an abandoned truck that had traveled through Hungary. "We will do controls for an undetermined length of time at all important border crossings in the eastern region, looking at all vehicles that have possible hiding places for trafficked people," Johanna Mikl-Leitner told ORF radio.

Austria says 200 refugees, 5 smugglers stopped in border operation

Monday, August 31, 2015 1:13am

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian authorities have uncovered around 200 asylum seekers and arrested five people traffickers as part of a new operation along the country's borders, a senior interior ministry official said on Monday. Konrad Kogler, director general for public security at the ministry, said: "In the hours since we started implementing these measures that we agreed with Germany, Hungary and Slovakia, we have been able to get more than 200 refugees out of such vehicles and we have been able to detain five smugglers. ...

Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali's fragile north

Monday, August 31, 2015 1:09am

Leader of the Coordination of Azawad Movements Mohamed Ag Najim leads his men in prayer outside Anefis, MaliBy Emma Farge GAO (Reuters) - The United Nations has deployed 10,000 peacekeepers and poured more than $1 billion into Mali but its efforts to end a three-year conflict are threatened by the reemergence of a centuries-old rivalry between Tuareg clans. The U.N. Security Council renewed the mandate of its Mali force (MINUSMA) in June in the hope that it could enforce a peace deal signed that month in the West African nation, despite suffering the highest rate of losses of any active peacekeeping mission. The deal, signed by both pro- and anti-government Tuareg-led militias, envisaged the overhaul of the Malian army to incorporate the militia fighters and its return to the desert north, much of which is controlled by the Tuareg groups.