While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 6 edition

Austria and Germany open borders to migrants offloaded by Hungary

A migrant arriving from Hegyeshalom, Hungary, gestures as he leaves the train at the railway station in Vienna, Austria, on Sept 5, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Austria and Germany threw open their borders on Saturday to thousands of exhausted migrants from the east, bussed to the frontier by a right-wing Hungarian government that had tried to stop them but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people.

Left to walk the last yards into Austria, rain-soaked migrants, many of them refugees from Syria's civil war, were whisked by train and shuttle bus first to Vienna and then on by train to Munich and other cities in Germany.

By early evening, about 6,000 had arrived in Munich and nearly 2,000 more were expected on two trains due after midnight, said Christoph Hillenbrand, head of the Upper Bavaria regional administration.


Hillary Clinton sharpens attacks on Republicans over women's issues

Speaking at Saturday's launch of "Women for Hillary" in New Hampshire, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton escalated her jabs at the 16 Republican men running for president, taking aim at their records on issues like family leave, pay equity, and funding for Planned Parenthood.

The sharpest criticism was reserved for GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who has come under fire for his disparaging comments about women. Trump has defended himself by saying, "I cherish women," and pointing to his record of hiring women in his business endeavors.

"If it's all the same to you, Mr. Trump, I'd rather you stopped cherishing women and started respecting them," Ms Clinton said to laughter at a rally in Portsmouth.


G-20 binds China to foreign-exchange peace pact for post-bubble cleanup

Global finance chiefs persuaded China to join a foreign-exchange peace pact as they sought to contain the tensions unleashed by the country's stock-market rout and its August devaluation.

Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 (G-20) nations pledged on Saturday to "refrain from competitive devaluations" in the final communique from their two-day meeting in Ankara.

That is the first time the G-20 has used such language since 2013.


Graft-weary Guatemalans to choose a new president

Guatemalan presidential candidate for the Renewed Democratic Liberty party, Manuel Baldizon looks on before a meeting with elders in Guatemala City on Sept 5, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Guatemalans disgusted with rampant corruption that felled their president are set to vote on Sunday in elections many see as meaningless without a vast political system cleanup.

Ironically, out of the blue, the frontrunner in the presidential race is a comedian. He is Jimmy Morales, who rose to fame clowning around as a simpleton who accidentally ends up becoming president.

The election caps a tumultuous week in the impoverished Central American nation saddled with a bevy of woes.


Brazil's prosecutor seeks to probe into President Dilma Rousseff's campaign funds

Brazil's chief prosecutor requested the Supreme Court authorisation to probe President Dilma Rousseff's 2010 and 2014 campaign financing, newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported on Saturday, citing unnamed sources.

The probe would also include former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's 2006 campaign financing.

The prosecutor' office declined to comment on the report.