EU to Hold Extraordinary Talks on Response to Migrant Crisis
The interior ministers of Britain, France and Germany have called for urgent action to address the challenges of thousands of migrants flowing into Europe, which has divided European nations as they debate how to respond.
Ministers Theresa May of Britain, Bernard Cazeneuve of France and Thomas de Maiziere of Germany issued a joint statement Sunday asking current European Union president Luxembourg to hold a meeting within two weeks.
Luxembourg said it will convene the talks involving home and justice ministers from EU member states on September 14 in Brussels in order to "strengthen the European response."
The International Organization for Migration says Italy and Greece are the main landing points for more than 322,000 migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean this year.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Vows Not to Step Down
Malaysia's government staked its claim to the capital's streets Monday after a two-day demonstration calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Mr. Najib joined thousands of spectators Monday in Kuala Lumpur for the parade of police, soldiers and civil servants The prime minister, who is facing serious fraud allegations, has vowed not to step down from office and admonished the protesters for their
"shallow mind and poor national spirit."
Protest organizers say over 200,000 people came out Saturday and Sunday to demand Mr. Najib's resignation. However, police say the protest crowd was well under 30,000 people.
Officials estimate some 13,000 people turned out for Monday's celebrations.
Documents leaked to the media in July indicated the prime minister had received $700 million into his personal accounts from the government-owned 1MDB investment fund.
Mr. Najib has denied the allegations, saying the money was a gift from the Middle East. He has suggested that the corruption allegations are part of a "political sabotage" against Malaysia's longtime ruling coalition.
The prime minister fired the attorney general who investigated him.