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World in Brief: 24.8.14

News stories from around the world

<strong>France:</strong> Hundreds of ethnic Kurds marched in Paris on Saturday to demand more international support for civilians in Iraq facing assault by Islamic State militants.
The demonstrators pressed for more humanitarian and military aid for thousands of Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains.
Yekbun Eksen, a member of the Federation of Kurdish Associations of France, said international aid was not enough to protect civilians.

<strong>Guyana:</strong> The United Nations Development Programme (UNPD) is providing more than $800,000 (£480,000) to help limit environmental damage as a result of gold-mining activities.
The Natural Resources Ministry said that the money will be used to build dozens of monitoring stations in the jungle and use satellite technology to assess damaged areas.
Local UNPD representative Khadija Musa said the programme also aims to help agencies better co-ordinate oversight of the country's booming gold industry.

<strong>Libya:</strong> A boat carrying over 250 migrants has capsized off the Libyan coast near the capital Tripoli.
Coastguard official Abdel-Latif Mohammed said on Saturday that 16 people had been rescued since the coastguard was alerted to the incident late on Friday. The body of an 18-month-old child was pulled from the water as rescue operations continued off the shores of al-Qarbouli.

<strong>Germany:</strong> A Lufthansa's pilots' union is threatening a new round of strikes in a long-running dispute over wages and retirement benefits.
The Vereinigung Cockpit union said today that it may order pilots to strike "starting immediately" because negotiations have failed. The pilots want Lufthansa to keep paying a "transition" benefit for those who retire early, while the airline wants to cut the extra payments. The pilots also seek a salary increase of 10 per cent.

<strong>Italy:</strong> Authorities have discovered 18 bodies in a boat of migrants as rescue operations went into overdrive this weekend, with 3,500 would-be refugees picked up at sea.
The navy said that its Sirio patrol ship was docking in Pozzallo, southern Sicily, with 266 migrants and 18 corpses aboard.
Since Friday 3,500 migrants have been rescued. Around 100,000 have arrived this year.

<strong>Argentina:</strong> Leading human rights group Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo said today that tests have identified the granddaughter of one of the group's late founders, whose daughter gave birth while a prisoner of the 1976-83 military dictatorship and hasn't been seen since.
The group believes around 500 children were seized from people killed by the dictatorship and given to couples who supported the government.

<strong>Sweden:</strong> At least three people were seriously injured on Saturday when mounted riot police charged demonstrators in Malmo.
Police claimed officers on horseback chased rock-throwing demonstrators who were "causing violent riots."
Swedish media published photos of people on the ground as police horses charged over them.
Around 1,000 people had gathered to protest against an election rally by the far-right Party of the Swedes.

<strong>Germany:</strong> Several thousand people formed a human chain across the German-Polish border at the weekend to protest against the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal.
More than 7,500 people linked up in a 5-mile chain between Kerkwitz, Germany, and Grabice in Poland - two villages that activists fear will be evacuated to make way for further mines of brown coal, also known as lignite.


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