European leaders are proposing extra funding to help relocate thousands of people amid the continent's biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Germany and Austria are advocating for quotas for each of the 28 members of the European Union. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is expected this week to propose relocating 120,000 migrants in Italy, Greece and Hungary to other nations in the E.U., according to Bloomberg News.
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Lawyers for jailed Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis said on Monday they had asked an appellate court to force Governor Steve Beshear to let her refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses based on her religious convictions. The lawyers sought emergency relief from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking it to grant Davis an exemption from the "governor's mandate that all county clerks issue marriage licenses," the non-profit legal advocacy group Liberty Counsel, which represents Davis, said in a news release.
By Jeff Mason and Lucia Mutikani BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday ordered government contractors to offer their workers seven days of paid sick leave a year and, without naming them, knocked Republican presidential candidates for advocating what he said were anti-union policies. Obama signed an executive order on sick leave during a flight on Air Force One to Boston, where he spoke at a union event. The White House said it would affect some 300,000 people.
An 18-mile procession beginning after Gliniewicz's funeral will wind its way from Fox Lake, about 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Chicago, through Lake County. The procession will end at Hillside East Cemetery in Antioch, where Gliniewicz will be buried. Gliniewicz, a decorated 30-year veteran of the Fox Lake Police Department and the father of four boys who was known around the village as "G.I. Joe," was killed on Tuesday.
By Michael Shields and Irene Preisinger VIENNA/MUNICH (Reuters) - Austria said on Sunday it planned to end emergency measures that have allowed thousands of refugees stranded in Hungary into Austria and Germany since Saturday morning. Austria had suspended its random border checks after photographs of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach showed Europeans the horror faced by those desperate enough to travel illegally into the heart of Europe, which is deeply divided over how to cope. After 71 people suffocated in the back of a truck abandoned on an Austrian highway en route from Hungary, and as thousands headed from Budapest toward Austria on foot, Vienna had agreed with Germany to waive rules requiring refugees to register an asylum claim in the first EU country they reach.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 49, who refused to issue the licenses due to her Apostolic Christian belief that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, said she was prepared to remain in jail where she has been reading a Bible since her incarceration for contempt on Thursday, her lawyers said. Davis was jailed for refusing to follow the orders of U.S. District Judge David Bunning. Davis' stance has come to symbolize the cultural gap over gay marriage in the United States.
By Bill Trott and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States came under more pressure on Sunday to help Europe find sanctuary for a flood of immigrants displaced by war and chaos, but Washington showed no signs of planning a dramatic increase in its intake of refugees. David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee and former British foreign secretary, called on the United States to bring out "the kind of leadership America has shown on these kind of issues" in the past. "The United States has always been a leader in refugee resettlement but 1,500 people over four years is such a miniscule contribution to tackling the human side of this problem," Miliband said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." State Department spokesman John Kirby, in an interview with Reuters late on Saturday, offered no indication the United States would be greatly boosting the number of immigrants it would allow into the country.
No zoo visitor, staff or cheetah was injured in the incident, Indianapolis Zoo spokeswoman Judy Palermo said. About 9:40 a.m. local time on Sunday, a zoo staffer noticed that a 4-year-old male cheetah named Pounce jumped into a fenced grassy area next to the primary exhibit. Zoo visitors walk alongside the grassy area, Palermo said.