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UNICEF: Rohingya children refugees face 'hell on earth'

UNICEF: Rohingya children refugees face 'hell on earth'GENEVA (AP) — UNICEF says the children who make up most of the nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are seeing a "hell on earth" in overcrowded, muddy and squalid refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.



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The Latest: Judge rules ex-cop will face 4th murder trial

The Latest: Judge rules ex-cop will face 4th murder trialTULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former police officer accused of murder (all times local):



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Oklahoma judge rules former cop will face 4th murder trial

Oklahoma judge rules former cop will face 4th murder trialTULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge Monday ruled that a white former police officer will face a fourth murder trial in the 2014 killing of his daughter's black boyfriend.



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Austria's ‘burka ban’ comes into force, prohibiting face veils in public places

Austria's ‘burka ban’ comes into force, prohibiting face veils in public placesA ban on full-face coverings, which includes Muslim veils such as those worn in burkas, comes into force in Austria today as anti-immigration parties look poised to win national elections later this month. The new law states that faces must be visible from hairline to chin in public places and includes off-slope ski masks and surgical masks outside of hospitals.  Austrian police are allowed to use force to make people show their face and can impose fines of €150 (£132). Austria’s ban comes after France and Belgium bans in 2011 and the Dutch parliament also debating a similar law. Map: Which countries have banned the veil? Muslim groups have condemned the law saying only a tiny minority of women in the country wear full-face veils. Carla Amina Bhagajati of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria said the "handful" of fully veiled women she knows of in Vienna "now are criminalized" and "restricted to their homes". "This open society is, in a hypocritical way, endangering its own values," she added. However, there has been strong support for the law reflecting growing anti-immigrant sentiment in the predominantly Catholic country. "It's not right that those living here don't show their faces," said Emma Schwaiger, who expressed support for the ban in a straw poll on the streets of Vienna. History of the Burka Parties campaigning on an anti-immigration message are on course win elections on October 15 that could see them form a coalition government. Polling this week showed the hardline People’s Party and Freedom Party on 34 per cent and 25 per cent, with the centrist Social Democrats, who are the majority party in the current coalition government, struggling on 27 per cent. The People’s Party, which is poised to be the largest party after the election, has been resurgent under their new leader, a telegenic 31-year-old called Sebastian Kurz. Austrian Foreign Minister and leader of the People's Party, Sebastian Kurz Credit: EPA Under his leadership the party has tacked right on immigration, although it has stopped short of using the xenophobic language of the Freedom Party. As foreign minister, Kurz, whose People’s Party is the minority coalition partner, shut down the West Balkans route into the EU heartland for migrants and is calling for zero illegal immigration. He has also said the face veil ban will be rigorously enforced if his party is the largest after the election.



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Putin complains Russian media abroad face unacceptable pressure

Putin complains Russian media abroad face unacceptable pressurePresident Vladimir Putin told a meeting of Russia’s Security Council on Friday that Russian media outlets working abroad were facing growing and unacceptable pressure, Dmitry Peskov, his spokesman, said. “It was stressed that such pressure on Russian media is unacceptable,” Peskov told a conference call with reporters. Earlier this week, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Washington of putting unwarranted pressure on the U.S operations of Kremlin-backed media outlet RT, and warned that Moscow could take tit-for-tat measures.



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Police Officer Shot in the Face During Gunfight Leaves Hospital: 'She Knows How to Handle Herself'

Police Officer Shot in the Face During Gunfight Leaves Hospital: 'She Knows How to Handle Herself'Officer Kayla Maher was shot in the face during a shootout with two suspects, police said.



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Motorists Face Huge Flames Near Anaheim-Corona Border Amid Canyon Fire

Motorists Face Huge Flames Near Anaheim-Corona Border Amid Canyon FireMotorists traveling on the Riverside freeway near the Anaheim-Corona border in California took videos of the flames of a fast-moving wildfire, as they raced up hillsides along the freeway. The blaze prompted immediate evacuations.



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Kurdish president defiant over referendum in face of war games and flight suspensions

Kurdish president defiant over referendum in face of war games and flight suspensionsMasoud Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan, was last night defiant over his decision to hold a controversial referendum on independence, even as its neighbour Iran mounted pressure by closing its airspace and launching military drills on the border. Tehran announced on Sunday it was blocking all flights to and from Kurdistan at the request of ally Iraq, which has described the secession vote as “unconstitutional” and warned that it could fan the flames of tensions in the Middle East. Some five million Kurds will go to the polls today in the three provinces that have since 2003 formed the autonomous region of Kurdistan, but also in territories disputed with Baghdad such as the oil-rich province of Kirkuk. Mr Barzani, a 71-year-old guerilla leader-turned-politician who enjoys something of a cult of personality in Kurdistan, has mustered huge popular support for the vote. The streets of Erbil, Kurdistan’s capital, are festooned with red, white and green Kurdish flags and large crowds holding nightly rallies. The Kurds – more than 30 million people spread across Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria – have long sought a state of their own. The result seems a foregone conclusion. A woman flashes the V-sign as Iraqi Kurds take part in a rally to urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum Credit: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images But with not just Baghdad, Iran and Turkey but also the US and UN opposing the vote, there is little hope that dream will be quickly realised in Iraq. Instead, observers say, Mr Barzani is using the referendum as leverage in the Kurdish Regional Government's longstanding disputes with federal authorities. “Our relationship with Baghdad is over, it is no longer working,” Mr Barzani told reporters during a press conference at the presidential palace in the mountains outside Erbil. Supporters wave flags and chant slogans inside the Erbil Stadium while waiting to hear Kurdish President Masoud Barzani speak Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images “Iraq has humiliated our people (…) They have galvanised the Iraqi people against Kurdistan." He said he had hoped for a better relationship with Baghdad after the fall in 2003 of the late iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who arrested, tortured and killed tens of thousands of Kurds during his rule. “We had a hope our relationship with Baghdad would improve, based on pluralism and democracy. But it didn’t take us long to realise that while the faces of the politicians changed, their mentality was the same,” he said. When asked why the vote could not be delayed, as the international community has repeatedly requested, Mr Barzani said: "We cannot wait another year, they will not change their mind, it will only strengthen their position." Some Kurds the Telegraph spoke to said they were planning to vote “yes” at the polls today, but worried about the consequences. “Our course we want our own country, to stand on our own, but I am scared about how our neighbours will respond,” said student Ahmed Rasol. “We will not have security in the future if we have no friends.”



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Thousands of People in Puerto Rico Face an Uncertain Future

Thousands of People in Puerto Rico Face an Uncertain FutureHurricane Maria has knocked out power for the entire island.



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Police Face Scrutiny Over Georgia Student Shooting

Police Face Scrutiny Over Georgia Student ShootingSchultz was shot and killed in a confrontation with police at a Georgia university campus on Saturday.



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