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presidential candidate Donald Trump drew fire
from Democrats and some Republicans
yesterday after declining to correct a
questioner at a town hall event who wrongly
said President Barack Obama is Muslim.
"He knew, or he should have known, that
what that man was asking was not only way
out of bounds, it was untrue," Hillary Rodham
Clinton said after a campaign event in New
Hampshire. "He should have from the
beginning repudiated that kind of rhetoric, that
level of hatefulness."
The question to Trump came Thursday night
at a town hall in Rochester, New Hampshire.
The first person the billionaire real estate
mogul called on said, "We have a problem in
this country. It's called Muslims." (AP)
SAO PAULO---A Brazilian judge has
ordered a conservative Brazilian congressman
to pay a colleague more than $2,500 for
saying she wasn't worth raping.
Judge Tatiana Dias da Silva ordered Jair
Bolsonaro to pay Maria do Rosario 10,000
reals ($2,560) for saying last December in a
newspaper interview that she is not "worth
raping; she is very ugly."
One day before the interview, Bolsonaro
said on the floor of Congress that Rosario had
called him a "rapist" in 2003, adding that he
would not rape her because she didn't
Lawmakers in Brazil enjoy parliamentary
immunity. However, Judge Silva said the
immunity would not apply because he made
similar remarks later in the interview. (AP)
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter
Steinmeier said yesterday that EU mem-
bers reluctant to accept migrant quotas
may have to be outvoted and overruled in
the 28-member bloc.
"It just cannot be that Germany, Austria,
Sweden and Italy carry the burden alone,"
he said about Europe s biggest migrant crisis
since World War Two. That s not how Euro-
pean solidarity works.
"And if there is no other way, then we
should seriously consider to use the instru-
ment of a qualified majority," he told the
Passauer Neue Presse daily.
The 28 EU members usually aim for com-
promise and consensus on policies.
Under the tool of a qualified majority
vote, binding decisions can be taken if 55
per cent of nations representing 65 per cent
of the total population agree.
A number of eastern European countries,
notably Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic
and Slovakia, have rejected the idea of
accepting a share of migrants, under national
quotas that reflect populations and economic
A meeting of EU interior ministers last
Monday failed to reach a deal on quotas to
distribute 120,000 migrants.
An extraordinary summit of the European
Union has been scheduled for next Wednes-
day in Brussels, following a request by Ger-
man Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Aus-
trian counterpart Werner Faymann.
Germany, Europe s biggest economy, has
become the top EU destination for people
fleeing war and misery in Syria, Iraq and
It expects to receive between 800,000
and one million asylum seekers this year,
generating extra costs close to 10 billion
Migrants wait in a
line to board busses
at Tovarnik railway
crossing from Serbia
in Tovarnik, Croatia.
Germany may 'force'
countries to accept migrants
1. The war in Syria.
Syria's war has ground on for four years
without end in sight. There is no meaningful
diplomacy to end it. At least 250,000 have
died. It is no wonder people want to escape.
2. The route to Europe got a lot easier.
Until recently, the sea crossing from Libya
to Italy had been the preferred route for all
the migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe.
A far shorter and less dangerous sea route
exists from Turkey to Greece. Turkey is next
door to Syria, and it is also more easily
accessible for people coming from countries
farther to the east, including refugees from
Iraq and Afghanistan and economic migrants
from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
3. The price dropped.
This is linked to reason No. 2. The crossing
to Greece from Turkey takes less than an hour
and as little as 20 minutes, depending on
which beach the boat sets out from. Not only
does this make the sea crossing cheaper, but
refugees no longer needed to pay smugglers
to sneak them through the borders of the
4. The weather.
It is normal for illegal migration into Europe
to peak during the summer months, when the
sea crossings are safer.
5. Germany's extension of welcome to
Huge numbers were already on the march
when German Chancellor Angela Merkel
announced that Germany would offer
temporary residency to all the refugees
6. The Syrian government's conscription
Short of manpower to fight the rebellion
against his rule, Syrian President Bashar al-
Assad's government has embarked since late
last year on a drive to enlist reservists to
serve in the army.
7. The Syrian government has made it
easier for Syrians to travel.
This might seem to contradict No 6. But
there appears to be no attempt to prevent
young men who want to avoid military service
from leaving the country. On the contrary, the
government has made it easier to acquire
passports in recent months.
8. The shortcomings of the underfunded
international aid effort.
Before this massive influx of people to
Europe, four million Syrians had already fled
their country's war to neighbouring countries,
mostly to Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. There
they are living miserable lives, denied the right
to work, and most of the children are not in
school. Many of the refugees headed for
Europe who were already living as refugees
cite their children's education as the main
reason they are seeking to build new lives.
A four-year-old Syrian girl s body was found life-
less on a beach in Turkey yesterday, state media
The girl, who has yet to be identified, is believed
to be one of 15 Syrians who were on an inflatable
boat that sank soon after departing the Aegean town
of Cesme. The refugees were headed for the Greek
island of Chios, according to the Times of India.
The Turkish coast guard reportedly rescued the
remaining refugees, including eight children.
Less than three weeks ago, Alan Kurdi, a three-
year-old Syrian boy, drowned in the Mediterranean
Sea. Nilüfer Demir of the Do an News Agency dis-
covered Kurdi s body and took a photograph that
prompted global headlines.
In April, a vessel bound for Italy from Libya capsized
at night, killing up to 700 people.
Body of another
Saudi Arabia has warned Muslim pilgrims attend-
ing next week s haj in Mecca to avoid exploiting
Islam s annual gathering for political reasons,
reflecting its worry that turmoil in the region may
prompt attacks or damaging displays of discord.
Wearing the clothes and speaking the languages
of dozens of nations, hundreds of thousands of pil-
grims flocked to Mecca s Grand Mosque for Friday
prayers in a show of religious harmony in a year
when the region s Muslim states are riven by con-
"The security forces are ready to confront any irre-
sponsible behaviour that might pollute the purity of
haj or endanger the lives of the guests of Allah," Inte-
rior Minister Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef
was quoted as saying by state media.
In Saudi Arabia, three suicide bombings of mosques
by sympathisers of Islamic State this year have proved
that even Muslim places of worship are at risk of
attack by militants.
Saudi Arabia warns
against haj unrest
8 reasons Europe's refugee crisis is happening now
The death toll in South Sudan from the explosion
of a fuel truck this week has risen to 182.
The blast occurred on Wednesday as crowds gath-
ered around the tanker to gather fuel after it had
veered off the road. An official had earlier said the
toll could keep rising as South Sudan did not have
adequate facilities to treat the burns.
Such incidents have happened before in the east
African region where fuel tankers often have to travel
long distances along potholed roads and pass through
There are almost no tarmac roads in South Sudan,
one of Africa s poorest nations, which has been mired
in conflict since December 2013. Rebels and the gov-
ernment signed a peace deal in August, although the
ceasefire has already been violated.
Death toll in fuel truck
blast reaches 182
Brazil congressman ordered to pay for offensive remark Trump condemned for saying Obama is Muslim
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