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France Blocks Migrant Trains From Italy

Migrant trains from Italy were temporarily blocked by authorities in France in an attempt to stop north African migrants from entering the country.
According to BBC News, the trains were stopped at the border for hours which prompted Italy to launch an official complaint with France; the train services were later resumed.
Italy has angered France by giving temporary resident permits (which allow them to travel freely in many European countries) out to thousands of Tunisian migrants, BBC News explained.
"We've given them travel documents, we've given them everything they need, and this has been recognised by the European Commission," Italy's interior minister Roberto Maroni said, according to ABC News.
According to ABC News, immigration seems to be turning out to be a very sensitive issue in France's presidential election next year.
Earlier this month, Italy and France chose to launch sea and air patrols to try in order to prevent the influx of thousands of people from Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, BBC News reported.

Dutch Gunman Kills 7 In Netherlands Mall Shooting

According to Dutch officials, a gunman opened fire at a mall on Saturday in the Netherlands, killing seven people and wounding 16 others before shooting himself in the head.
The shooter, Tristan van der Vlis, was dressed in camouflage trousers and a bomber jacket when he opened fire in a parking lot then in Ridderhof mall, Reuters reported.
"It's too terrible for words, a shock for us all," Bas Eenhoorn, mayor of the town, told NY Daily News.
"This is something you usually see in America, not in the Netherlands," local resident Martin van der Ploeg told Reuters.
BBC News reported that Jeroen Wollaars, a reporter from NOS, said the gunman had written a note which said explosives were placed in local shopping malls, which are now being searched.
Shootings are very rare in the Netherlands and only a handful have occurred in the past decade, NY Daily News explained.

Brazil Banks Sued for Amazon Deforestation

The state-run Banco do Brasil, Brazil's largest bank, is being sued for allegedly funding deforestation in the Amazon forest.
According to Yahoo News, Federal prosecutors Brazil said Friday that they filed suit against the bank for approving loans to companies that illegally deforested the Amazon jungle and also used slave-like labor practices.
The Public Ministry said in a statement that prosecutors in the Amazon jungle state of Para filed suit against both the Banco da Amazonia and the bank for providing public funds to large farms that broke environmental and labor law, Yahoo News reported.
According to BBC News, Prosecutors said they had uncovered 37 loans worth $11 million given to farms with similar violations by the bank.
The independent prosecutors at the Public Ministry said the loans violated Brazil's environmental laws, constitution, banking regulations and international agreements signed by Brazil, reported BBC News.
Yahoo News reported that the statement said, "the discovery of this irregular financing shows that this is a generalized problem."

Tsunami and Magnitude 8.9 Earthquake Strike Japan

A magnitude 8.9 earthquake causing a 23-foot tsunami hit Japan on Friday morning, killing at least 300 people, destroying bridges and homes, and knocking out nuclear power plants.
As of 3 p.m. on Friday, Japan officials confirmed to The Associated Press that 200 to 300 bodies were found in a northeastern coastal city of Sendai. Another 178 people were confirmed dead with 584 missing and 947 injured.
ABC News reported that the quake is the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history. The world has not seen an earthquake this strong since the 9.1 magnitude quake in the Indian Ocean in 2004, leaving 230,000 people dead from the combination of the quake and tsunami.
Waves heights on the U.S. mainland, from Alaska to California, ranged from under a foot to over 8 feet tall, CNN reported. Officials reported no damage or injuries in the places where the waves had reached outside Japan, including Guam and Hawaii.
"At first it didn't feel unusual, but then it went on and on," Jesse Johnson, a native of the state of Nevada who lives north of Tokyo told The Associated Press. "I've lived in Japan for 10 years, and I've never felt anything like this before. The aftershocks keep coming. It's gotten to the point where I don't know whether it's me shaking or an earthquake."

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