SLOVENIALeading the influx of migrants
Led by riot police on horseback, thousands of weary migrants marched across western Balkans borderlands as far as the eye could see yesterday as authorities cautiously lowered barriers and intensified efforts to cope with the human tide. Leaders of Slovenia deployed military units to support police on their overwhelmed southern border with Croatia, which delivered more than 6,000 asylum seekers by train and bus to the frontier. With far too few buses available, most people walked 19 miles on rural lanes to reach a refugee camp, a challenge eased by sunny weather after days of torrential rain, fog and frigid winds. On Slovenia's frontiers with Croatia and Austria, aid workers toiled to erect enough tents and other emergency accommodation to shelter up to 14,000 travelers, more than five times the tiny nation's previous official limit.
Pomp for Xi despite concerns
President Xi Jinping quoted Chinese proverbs and William Shakespeare while Prime Minister David Cameron hailed a "golden age" between their two nations as a state visit festooned with regal pomp and pageantry was shadowed by concerns about national security, human rights and economic rivalry. Xi's trip aimed to cement deals giving Britain a vast new pool of investment and China greater access to European markets. But as Xi was welcomed yesterday as an honored guest at Buckingham Palace and Parliament, critics warned that Britain was taking a risk by courting Beijing so aggressively. Hundreds of steel layoffs were announced yesterday in a crisis that manufacturers blame on China selling steel at a loss on world markets.
Pistorius in uncle's mansion
After spending the first part of his five-year sentence in the protected environment of a single cell in a hospital wing because of his disability, double amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius will serve the remaining four years at his uncle Arnold's three-story mansion in the upscale Waterkloof neighborhood of Pretoria. Acquitted of murder in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, he was convicted of culpable homicide when the court found he was grossly negligent and reckless in the shooting.