Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today's top stories


Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Sept. 4, 2015.

Middle-eastern refugees head for Austrian border, fate uncertain

Hoping to ease an ongoing immigration crisis, the Hungarian government has offered to transport to the Austrian border hundreds of migrants from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The refugees hope for asylum in Austria, but it is not yet clear whether the country will let them in.

[Read more from the New York Times]

Rowan County, Kentucky, now issuing gay marriage licenses

A same-sex couple who had made several unsuccessful attempts to obtain a marriage license from the office of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was finally issued their license on Friday, while Davis remained in jail for having violated court orders. Davis' defense team plans to fight the ruling that declared her in contempt of court.

[Read more from MSNBC]

Out of the blue: Beijing smog strikes back

A brief reprieve from the suffocating smog now common to Beijing, China, is over. The country had ordered factories temporarily shuttered and millions of cars off the road to clear the skies ahead of a massive World War II-themed celebration – and it worked, at least for a while. On Friday morning, the blue skies were once again covered by the signature gray smog.

[Read more from USA Today]

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