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U.N.: Algerian deportees headed for Europe dying in Sahara heat

U.N.: Algerian deportees headed for Europe dying in Sahara heat

World
May 16 (UPI) -- Dozens of refugees seeking asylum in Europe have died this year in the blistering heat of Africa's Sahara Desert and thousands more are trapped there, a United Nations agency said Wednesday. The International Organization for Migration said the migrants have been stranded in the desert in recent weeks after they were expelled from Algeria. It also said it's providing shelter for up to 3,500 of the displaced in Niger. Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said last year the migrants are "a threat to national security." A crackdown on migration by Algerian authorities has led to the deportations of thousands who hoped to make it to Africa's Mediterranean coast en route to Europe. Many deportees, mostly from sub-Saharan Mali, Cameroon and Nigeria, have been left in t...
'Give him the Ballon d'Or now' – the night Salah wowed Europe

'Give him the Ballon d'Or now' – the night Salah wowed Europe

Sports
Mohamed Salah was named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday. Two days later, he established himself as one of the best in Europe. Next step: the world?On a memorable European night at Anfield, the Egyptian scored twice and made two more goals as Liverpool routed Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.He now has 43 goals in 47 appearances this season - a record that does not look out of place next to the elite attacking players in the game: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.And there have been calls for him to be the next winner of the most prestigious individual accolade in world football."You've got to give him the Ballon d'Or," former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage told BBC Radio 5 live following Salah's second goal on Tuesd...
Amazon recalls fire-risk power packs in UK, Europe and US

Amazon recalls fire-risk power packs in UK, Europe and US

Technology
Owners of Amazon's own-brand power bank chargers have been contacted by the firm telling them to stop using them.A recall covering six models of the AmazonBasics-branded product was announced in the US and Canada on Tuesday.A notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned the packs could "overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards".The BBC understands UK and other European countries are also affected.Amazon had received more than 50 complaints of overheated power banks in North America ahead of the move. These included one report of a user suffering chemical burns after coming into contact with battery acid.According to the CPSC, the devices had been manufactured by the Guoguang Electric Company. The watchdog added that about 260,000 units had been sold in ...
Iran pushes Europe to pressure U.S. on nuclear deal

Iran pushes Europe to pressure U.S. on nuclear deal

World
March 5 (UPI) -- During a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian Monday, Iran's top diplomat said Europe must pressure the United States to stick to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his French counterpart it's vitally important that the United States not abandon the Obama-era deal, which lifts Iranian sanctions in exchange for limits on Tehran's nuclear program."Europe must put the U.S. under pressure to implement its commitments and not allow the U.S. to make illogical and unlawful demands," Zarif said.President Donald Trump in December refused to re-certify the pact, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action -- prompting reprimand from world leaders.The deal was struck between Iran and six world powers -- ...
Trump administration has yet to fill many US ambassador posts in Europe

Trump administration has yet to fill many US ambassador posts in Europe

World
When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived at the Vienna airport this week, he was greeted on the tarmac by three deputy chiefs of mission from the U.S. embassies in Austria. Of the three U.S. missions in Austria – the U.S. embassy to Austria, the embassy for Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the United Nations embassy – there isn’t a single ambassador leading the foreign offices 10 months into Tillerson’s term. The State Department has also not yet put forth a name to the White House for nomination to eventually serve as ambassador to the European Union, a major international organization that represents 28 European countries and the largest single market in the world with 200 million consumers. A White House official said they are still in the process of se