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  • Britain takes star baker in a headscarf to its heart Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    LONDON— In sweet-toothed Britain, the hottest entertainment sensation is a televised baking contest in which amateur pastry chefs battle it out over cakes, tortes, trifles and flans. The 30- year-old student and mother of three from Leeds in northern England beat two other finalists with her enticing iced buns, perfect raspberry millefeuille and a...

  • SEATTLE— A federal judge declined to issue an emergency order Wednesday that would allow tens of thousands of highly skilled immigrants to immediately apply to become permanent residents, as the government initially told them they could. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez ruled. The initial notice, issued by the State Department Sept. 9, detailed which...

  • STRASBOURG, France— French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a highly unusual bid to heal divisions within the EU, urged European lawmakers on Wednesday to pull together to create a stronger Europe to cope with the influx of migrants that is raising tensions and dangerously straining the union. Merkel spoke of a "test of...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama seemed to call Hillary Rodham Clinton's idea of a no-fly zone in Syria "half-baked." As Clinton looks for ways to distinguish her ideas from those of her former boss, the relationship between the man in the White House and the woman who hopes to replace him has grown increasingly complicated. For months, Clinton has resisted...

  • Business leaders slam UK leader's anti-migration rhetoric Wednesday, 7 Oct 2015 | 12:49 AM ET
    British Conservative Party politician, Theresa May (R) in the United Kingdom.

    The home secretary bolstered her credentials as the rightwing candidate in any future leadership contest, the Financial Times reports.

  • LONDON— Britain will never "in a thousand years" agree to a common European immigration policy to deal with the surging number of refugees fleeing to the continent, a top government official declared Tuesday. Home Secretary Theresa May, the U.K.' s interior minister, told an audience at the Conservative Party conference that Britain should tighten control of its...

  • EU border fears mount before migrant summit Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 7:55 AM ET
    A woman stands behind a gate as she waits with other migrants and refugees to enter a registration camp, after crossing the Greek-Macedonia border.

    Concerns over Europe’s border controls and migrant policy are mounting just days ahead of a crucial meeting between EU and Middle Eastern ministers.

  • Trump's bluster is heard around the world Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 12:20 AM ET

    BALMEDIE, Scotland— Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is well known in this serene coastal section of Scotland, where shimmering, golden sand dunes meet the ice-blue North Sea and people play on his golf course. And in the Middle East, Africa and beyond. "He is a strange fish," said Susan Munro, a part-time shop worker who has lived on land adjacent to...

  • WASHINGTON— Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of them in the next few years. The three-month break probably is a good thing,...

  • NEW YORK— It was considered a symbolic move— President Lyndon Johnson going to the Statue of Liberty and signing an immigration bill that gave people from every country in the world an equal chance to come to America. It will not reshape the structure of our daily lives, or really add importantly to either our wealth or our power, "he said during the ceremony on Oct. 3,...

  • Germany marks 25 years of unity, facing new challenges Saturday, 3 Oct 2015 | 2:25 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany marks a quarter-century as a reunited nation on Saturday, with two leaders from the formerly communist east heading a country that increasingly asserts itself as Europe's political heavyweight— and now faces a new challenge in a refugee influx that will demand deep reserves of resourcefulness and patience. West and East Germany united on Oct....

  • How Toys ‘R’ Us is outsourcing jobs Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 4:07 PM ET
    A Toys "R" Us store in Totowa, N.J.

    Temporary work visas were designed to import specialized skills — not move jobs overseas. The New York Times reports.

  • Immigrants say about-face on visas costs them millions Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 2:35 PM ET

    SEATTLE— A sudden about-face by the State Department has left tens of thousands of highly skilled immigrants unable to apply to become legal permanent residents as they had expected to on Thursday, even though many have already paid expensive legal and medical fees to get their applications ready, according to a new lawsuit. The affected immigrants are mostly...

  • Berlin to curb migrants as Merkel faces backlash Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 1:30 AM ET
    Migrants walk along a rail track in the rain from Roszke to Szeged in Hungary, September 10, 2015.

    Berlin on Tuesday agreed measures aimed at curbing an unprecedented surge in migrants, including cuts to cash payments, the FT reports.

  • NEW ORLEANS— A U.S.-based oil rig repair company has apologized to Indian guest workers drawn to the Gulf Coast on false promises and housed in squalid conditions to repair damage after Hurricane Katrina, a law center says. The apology, in a Sept. 22 letter, is part of a $20 million settlement Signal International of Mobile, Alabama, agreed to earlier, the Southern...

  • BERLIN, Sept 29- Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed a package of measures on Tuesday to help German towns cope with the influx of asylum seekers, as a poll showed her conservatives dipping to a one-year low on concerns about her handling of the crisis. Merkel has drawn criticism, especially among conservatives, for fuelling the influx by effectively...

  • Why the US should welcome Syrian refugees Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 2:39 PM ET
    Asma'a Rashed in the trailer where she reads to kids each week at the Za'atari refugee camp in Northern Jordan

    I saw firsthand the determination of the refugees to rise above their plight, says Elizabeth MacBride. We have a lot to gain by welcoming them.

  • Is mass immigration really Europe's growth elixir? Sunday, 27 Sep 2015 | 11:29 PM ET
    A migrant woman and her children waits on a railway track after Hungarian police sealed the border with Serbia near the village of Horgos, Serbia, September 14, 2015, near the Hungarian migrant collection point in Roszke.

    There is something troubling about Germany's glossing over the poverty and destitution of 23.07 million fellow Europeans.

  • Merkel chides Facebook CEO over hate posts: Report Sunday, 27 Sep 2015 | 4:57 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses an annual news conference in Berlin, August 31, 2015.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard confronting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over incendiary posts on the social network.

  • Migration crisis proves boon for some businesses Sunday, 27 Sep 2015 | 5:12 AM ET

    BERLIN— People crammed into boats and trekking across borders have become the dominant images of Europe's migrant crisis. Authorities in Germany estimate the cost of housing and feeding migrants alone at about 12,000 euros per person, per year. Entrepreneur Bert Karlsson is among those profiting from the wave of migrants coming to Europe.