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GREECE

Migrants locked up

About 1,000 refugees have been locked in a stadium on the island of Kos overnight without food and with very little water, as authorities struggle to contain the rising tide of migrants from war-torn countries, Doctors Without Borders spokeswoman Julia Kourafa said on Wednesday. Local authorities had swept through the island, clearing refugees — most of them from Syria and Iraq — from public squares and parks, where they had set up encampments while waiting to be issued travel documents that would allow them to move legally in Greece, Kourafa said. Riot police had been called in from Athens and had helped close the people inside the stadium, she said. Doctors Without Borders had a team in the stadium, Kourafa said.

GERMANY

Teen swimmer finds gold

A teenager swimming in Bavaria came upon a solid gold bar at the bottom of a lake and may get to keep it, local police said on Wednesday. The 16-year-old discovered the gold on Friday while swimming in the Koenigssee (King Lake), where she was on holiday, a police spokesman said. The 500g bar, which she found at a depth of 2m, was worth an estimated 16,000 euros (US$18,000), police said. She turned it over to the authorities, who were working to determine its origin. “If no rightful owner is found and the bar is not related to a crime, then the girl will probably be able to keep it,” the spokesman said.

UNITED STATES

Couple enslaves teen

A Florida couple turned a teen into their sex slave and sealed her off from the outside world for more than five years, police said after arresting the two. Rob Johnson, 44, and his wife, Marie Johnson, 43, of Port St Lucie, were arrested on Tuesday and charged with felony sexual assault charges. The Port St Lucie Police Department said the girl was sent at age 13 to live with the Johnsons after her mother died, and soon after her arrival was told she could only be part of their family by having sex with them. The girl, now 21, was homeschooled, not allowed to use the phone and forced to rehearse what to say to doctors if she was asked about sexual activity. She was able to leave the home after her grandmother purchased a plane ticket to bring her to Ohio, police said.

UNITED STATES

Uber sued for sex assault

A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in Dallas, Texas, is suing the ride-hailing company and the suspect. The Dallas Morning News said she filed the lawsuit on Tuesday, seeking more than US$1 million for medical expenses and damages. The woman alleges Talal Ali Chammout attacked her on July 25. The man has been charged with sexual assault and is free on bond. Uber has said it mistakenly granted driver status to Chammout.

FRANCE

McDonald’s sorry over ban

McDonald’s has apologized for an incident in which workers in one of the US burger chain’s French franchises were threatened with the sack for feeding homeless people. A photograph circulating on social media showed a notice pinned up at the McDonald’s in Hyeres near Marseille in southern France, reading: “After an incident on July 25th, it is absolutely forbidden to provide food to vagrants... McDonald’s is not in the business of feeding all the hungry people in the land.” It added that “any diversion from the procedure cited above will result in sanction that could lead to dismissal.”

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