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Last four occupiers surrender at Oregon wildlife refuge, ending 41-day standoff

Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:23pm

Cliven Bundy is pictured in this undated booking handout image provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's OfficeBy Jimmy Urquhart BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) - The four holdouts in an armed protest at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday, with the last occupier repeatedly threatening suicide during an intense phone call with mediators before he finally walked out, ending the 41-day standoff with the FBI. David Fry, 27, had stayed behind for more than an hour and told supporters by phone he had not agreed with the other three to leave. Portland's KGW television later showed a caravan of sport utility vehicles escorted by police driving out of the refuge in remote eastern Oregon.

South Africa's Zuma eyes foreign investors as opposition disrupts speech

Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:22pm

South Africa's President Zuma attends the opening ceremony of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis AbabaBy Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African opposition members interrupted the annual state-of-the-nation speech by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday, repeatedly jeering a leader they accuse of mismanaging the flagging economy. Zuma's speech highlighted policies to revive the economy, at a time when the president is under fire over a taxpayer-funded security upgrade to his private home that cost 250 million rand (then $23 million). The worst drought in a century is forcing Africa's top grain producer to import maize.

NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:21pm

FILE - In this photo take on Sunday Sept. 27, 2015, a Syrian refugee thanks god as he arrives with others from Turkey on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, aboard a fishing boat. NATO's European commander on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, ordered three warships to move immediately to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)BRUSSELS (AP) — In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.

Last four holdouts in Oregon standoff surrender

Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:19pm

Media wait at a checkpoint about 4 miles from the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon on February 11, 2016The last four armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge in Oregon turned themselves in on Thursday, ending a tense 41-day standoff over grazing rights on federal land that left one dead. Jeff Banta, 46, of Nevada, Sean Anderson, 47, and his wife Sandra, 48, of Idaho, walked out of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge together shortly after 9:30 am. David Fry, in a live stream conference followed by thousands, had lashed out at the government saying that unless his grievances are addressed he would not leave the refuge.

Turkey tries father, smugglers over Syrian toddler's death

Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:18pm

The lifeless body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, found on a Turkish beach, became the symbol of the refugee crisisThe father of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose drowning shocked the world last year, went on trial on Thursday along with two alleged people smugglers accused of causing the death of migrants. The trial of Syrian nationals Muwafaka Alabash and Asem Alfrhad opened at the criminal court in the western Turkish resort of Bodrum, the Dogan news agency reported. Both of the defendants in court strongly incriminated Abdullah Kurdi as a well-known organiser of people smuggling in the Bodrum area, accusing him of being responsible for the deaths and driving the boat at the time of the disaster.