Man who crashed car outside UK Parliament charged with attempted murder

A 29-year-old man who deliberately drove a car into a crowd outside Britain's Houses of Parliament has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, the Metropolitan Police in London said Saturday. Salih Khater of Birmingham, a Sudanese-born UK national, is scheduled to appear in court Monday, police said in a news release. Three people were hurt early Tuesday when the car collided with cyclists and pedestrians as well as…

Millions of Muslims Begin Annual Hajj Pilgrimage

MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA, More than 2 million Muslims began the annual Hajj pilgrimage Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba from first light in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers.The five-day Hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world's biggest gatherings every year, a trip required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. The Hajj offers pilgrims an opportunity to feel closer to…

Refugees Living Beyond Australia’s Big Cities Face Challenges

SYDNEY, Despite a call for more migrants and refugees to be resettled beyond Australia's big cities, new figures show finding work can be tough. Refugees from a special 2015 humanitarian intake of refugees from Syria and Iraq who moved to regional parts of Queensland have run into problems getting a job. Only one in five are employed, and some have abandoned their initial plans and moved to a large city.For…

As Killings Rise, Aid Workers Confront Era of Growing Risk

DAKAR, Working in conflict zones for years does not make it any less frightening when armed militiamen storm the hospital you run, says Colette Gadenne of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).This happened three times in three weeks from May to June in Central African Republic, where Gadenne is head of the mission.In one case, the fighters fired 21 rounds before leaving.Central African Republic is a particularly bad case, but…