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  • 15-goal Qatar lead World Cup routs in Asia 1 hour 50 minutes ago

    By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Qatar smashed 15 unanswered goals past Bhutan and the United Arab Emirates knocked in 10 against Malaysia in a lopsided round of World Cup qualifiers across Asia on Thursday. Kuwait eased to a 9-0 win over Myanmar, South Korea netted eight against lowly Laos and Asian champions Australia battered Bangladesh 5-0 as the continent's elite made light work of the region's plucky outsiders. Japan again looked disjointed in attack but still had far too much quality for an outclassed Cambodia in a 3-0 victory in Saitama, while former Asian champions Iraq kicked off their Group F campaign by downing Taiwan 5-1 in Tehran. More »

  • 'Syria-bound' mother arrested on return to UK
    'Syria-bound' mother arrested on return to UK 2 hours 20 minutes ago

    A mother feared to have been planning to travel to Syria with her four children has been arrested after returning to the UK. More »

  • Liz Kendall: Tories will bid to 'wipe out' Labour after new leader  …
    Liz Kendall: Tories will bid to 'wipe out' Labour after new leader  … 2 hours 20 minutes ago

    Conservatives will launch a drive to "wipe out" Labour as soon as the party chooses a new leader, one of the candidates has warned. More »

  • David Cameron set to unveil plans to help more Syrian refugees
    David Cameron set to unveil plans to help more Syrian refugees 2 hours 20 minutes ago

    David Cameron is expected to come forward with new plans within the next few days which could see thousands more Syrian refugees come to the UK. More »

  • New refugee proposals as photos of drowned Syrian boy shock world
    New refugee proposals as photos of drowned Syrian boy shock world 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    European leaders, shocked by the horrifying image of a drowned Syrian child, rushed out new proposals Thursday to address the escalating migrant crisis despite deep divisions in the 28-member bloc. More »

  • Mother Arrested After Syria Travel Fears
    Mother Arrested After Syria Travel Fears 2 hours 43 minutes ago

    A woman has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction after she was stopped by police at Luton Airport. Zahera Tariq, 33, was arrested at 7.45pm on Thursday as she was entering the UK from a flight from Istanbul, Turkey. Her four children, who were travelling with her, were taken into police protection. More »

  • Immigrants, refugees to receive papal blessing in NYC
    Immigrants, refugees to receive papal blessing in NYC 3 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis will offer a special blessing to a group of immigrants and refugees in New York, including those who are undocumented, highlighting two contentious issues in American politics. More »

  • Turkey votes to extend mandate for military action in Syria, Iraq
    Turkey votes to extend mandate for military action in Syria, Iraq 3 hours ago

    Turkey's parliament on Thursday voted to extend for another year a mandate that allows the military to combat Islamist jihadists and Kurdish militants in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, as the country battles its biggest ever security crisis. More »

  • Hungary opens door to trains for migrants, but only to camps
    Hungary opens door to trains for migrants, but only to camps 3 hours ago

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a Hungarian camp for asylum seekers, a bitter showdown began. More »

  • Images of drowned toddler enrage Syrian refugees
    Images of drowned toddler enrage Syrian refugees 3 hours ago

    Syrian refugee Abu al-Yaman said that when he saw the photo of little Aylan lying face down on a Turkish beach, "I hugged my daughter tightly, imagining she could have been that innocent child." More »

  • Syria: Russian soldiers fighting alongside pro-Assad troops
    Syria: Russian soldiers fighting alongside pro-Assad troops 3 hours ago

    Russian troops are believed to be fighting against Syrian rebels, according to Syrian state TV reports. The troops are believed to be supporting President Bashar al-Assad's army in Latakia. In addition to the troops, a Russian armoured jeep was seen in Latakia. More »

  • Aylan Kurdi: Photographer who captured harrowing image of Syrian toddler describes …
    Aylan Kurdi: Photographer who captured harrowing image of Syrian toddler describes … 3 hours ago

    The stark reality of the migrant crisis, captured in a single harrowing image of a toddler lying dead, washed up on a beach, has prompted a global outpouring of grief. The photographer, who took the heart-breaking picture of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi's lifeless body, on the shore of the Aegean coast, has said she was "petrified" as she took the shot. Photo-journalist Nilüfer Demir, who was in Bodrum covering the migrant crisis for Turkey's Doğan News Agency (DHA), said in the moment she took the photo, she put her emotions aside to carry out her duty as a journalist. More »

  • Turkey extends mandate to send troops to Syria if needed 3 hours ago

    Turkey's parliament voted late on Thursday to extend by a year a mandate authorizing the deployment of troops to Syria and Iraq, weeks after it stepped up its role in the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State. The NATO member opened its air bases to coalition fighter jets in July and has since taken part in joint strikes for the first time on the radical Sunni militant group in northern Syria, ending years of reluctance to take a front-line role. While it has the second-largest military land force in NATO, Turkey has repeatedly made clear it does not intend to send ground troops into Syria unless provoked by a clear threat to its national security. More »

  • Father of Drowned Syrian Boy Aylan Kurdi Wants to Return to Syria
    Father of Drowned Syrian Boy Aylan Kurdi Wants to Return to Syria 4 hours ago

    The father of a drowned Syrian boy whose photos have shocked the world and captured the hopelessness of the European refugee crisis has spoken to the media about his family's death and said he wants to return to Syria. Abdullah Kurdi, a Kurdish Syrian, spoke with reporters on Thursday and said he plans to return to his hometown of Kobani, Syria, to bury his wife and children. The family lived in Turkey for three years, having previously lived in Kobani before moving to Damascus, the capital of Syria. More »

  • Father of drowned Syrian toddlers prepares to take bodies home
    Father of drowned Syrian toddlers prepares to take bodies home 4 hours ago

    Abdullah Kurdi collapsed in tears after emerging from a morgue in the city of Mugla near Bodrum in Turkey, where the body of his 3-year-old son, Aylan, washed up on Wednesday. Aylan's 5-year-old brother, Galip, and mother, Rehan, 35, were among 12 people, including other children, who died after two boats capsized while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. "I just want to sit next to the grave of my children and my wife and rest," Abdullah told reporters, as his family's coffins were loaded into a hearse. More »

  • Japan beats Cambodia 3-0 in World Cup qualifier
    Japan beats Cambodia 3-0 in World Cup qualifier 4 hours ago

    SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Japan eased past Cambodia 3-0 to secure its first win in World Cup qualifying while South Korea thrashed Laos 8-0 to stay undefeated on Thursday. More »

  • Desperate Refugees Dragged Off Rail Tracks
    Desperate Refugees Dragged Off Rail Tracks 4 hours ago

    Sky News has witnessed desperate scenes in Hungary as hundreds of refugees clashed with riot police who tried to force them off a train and into a migrant camp. He described seeing a crying mother holding a baby and pleading with police on the platform at Bicske - a town 22 miles (35km) outside Budapest. The train, which earlier left Budapest's main railway station, was halted in Bicske, where there is a migrant reception centre. More »

  • UK May Accept 'Several Thousand' More Refugees
    UK May Accept 'Several Thousand' More Refugees 4 hours ago

    The Government is considering a plan to allow several thousand more refugees into Britain, Sky News can reveal, after David Cameron said he was "deeply moved" by footage of a drowned Syrian boy. The Prime Minister was reacting earlier to questions as pressure mounted on Britain to take greater action to resolve the migration crisis hitting Europe. Mr Cameron said: "Anyone who saw those pictures overnight could not help but be moved and, as a father, I felt deeply moved by the sight of that young boy on a beach in Turkey. More »

  • Factbox - How to help refugees, migrants in Europe and beyond 4 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Migrants forced from a train in Hungary scuffled with helmeted riot police and some clung to railway tracks on Thursday, as politicians across Europe struggled to respond to public opinion appalled by images of a drowned three-year-old boy. For those looking for ways to help the hundreds of the thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing wars and poverty, the following is a list of humanitarian organizations that are distributing aid and services within Europe as well as in the Middle East. Please note that before you make a donation, you can check out non-profit organizations on sites such as CharityNavigator (www.charitynavigator.org) and GuideStar (www.guidestar.org) to understand the mission of an organization and how they use funds: * Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org/) Through mid-August, the international aid group says it has rescued 11,482 people at risk of drowning through its search and rescue operations on the Mediterranean Sea. More »

  • 1st of Tanzanian albino kids with missing limbs goes home
    1st of Tanzanian albino kids with missing limbs goes home 4 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kabula Nkarango Masanja returned home to Tanzania with a new American prosthetic arm replacing the limb that was chopped off with a machete by followers of African witchcraft. More »

  • Icelanders use Facebook to prompt government to welcome refugees 4 hours ago

    What happens on social media sometimes goes beyond social media. On Sunday, Icelandic author and professor Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir took to Facebook with an open letter to the country’s welfare minister, Eygló Harðar, urging greater support for Syrian refugees, Agence-France Presse reported. Ms. Björgvinsdóttir, dubbing the page “Syria is Calling,” encouraged her fellow citizens to comment, share ideas, and press their government into helping mitigate Europe’s escalating migrant crisis. More »

  • Labour leadership: What did the candidates say during debate where Yvette Cooper …
    Labour leadership: What did the candidates say during debate where Yvette Cooper … 4 hours ago

    Yvette Cooper has told Labour leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn his plan to use Bank of England money to start a National Investment Bank to pay for infrastructure projects are "unfair" and would "fall apart". Corbyn wants to establish a fund using money printed during quantitative easing to pay for schools and hospitals across the country. Cooper urged Corbyn to abandon the economic programme if elected as leader in order to draw up an alternative to chancellor George Osborne's. "If you ditch printing money we could set out credible alternative to George Osborne," she said. More »

  • Dutch soldier said to have joined Islamic militants
    Dutch soldier said to have joined Islamic militants 5 hours ago

    A Dutch sergeant is believed to have run away to Syria to join Islamic State militants in the first such case involving a serving soldier in the Netherlands, defence officials said Thursday. More »

  • 'My children slipped through my hands': father of drowned Syrian bo …
    'My children slipped through my hands': father of drowned Syrian bo … 5 hours ago

    The father of a three-year-old Syrian boy, whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach in an image that shocked the world, said Thursday his children "slipped through my hands" as their boat was taking in water on its way to Greece. More »

  • ‘My kids were the most beautiful children in the world’
    ‘My kids were the most beautiful children in the world’ 5 hours ago

    The photo of Aylan’s lifeless body washed ashore in Turkey has made front pages around the world. More »

  • Reports: David Cameron to Announce the U.K. Will Take 'Thousands' of …
    Reports: David Cameron to Announce the U.K. Will Take 'Thousands' of … 6 hours ago

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has bowed to public pressure and is expected to announce that the U.K. will take in thousands more refugees, The Guardian reports. Cameron said on Thursday morning the U.K. will "fulfill our moral responsibilities" by "taking thousands of people." The U.K. has faced growing domestic and international pressure to take in more refugees, although Cameron has previously been reluctant to allow more people to enter the country, instead insisting that bringing peace and stability to the Middle East is a more effective solution. The refugees the U.K. plans to take in will be Syrians living in United Nations refugee camps along the Syrian border as part of a "vulnerable person relocation scheme," according to The Guardian, who first reported the story. More »

  • Turkey renews permit for military operations in Syria, Iraq 6 hours ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament has voted to renew by another year a mandate allowing the military to conduct operations in Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Hungarian PM: We don't want more Muslims
    Hungarian PM: We don't want more Muslims 6 hours ago

    Viktor Orban's comments come as refugees are forced off train headed towards Austria and taken to refugee camp. More »

  • Thousands Of Britons Demand UK Helps Refugees
    Thousands Of Britons Demand UK Helps Refugees 6 hours ago

    Tens of thousands of Britons are demanding the Government does more to help the victims of Europe's migration crisis. A petition urging the UK to accept more asylum seekers has passed the 100,000 signatures needed to be considered for debate by MPs. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is supporting refugees from Syria and elsewhere, says it has had a big spike in donations. More »

  • Reports: UK to accept more refugees
    Reports: UK to accept more refugees 6 hours ago

    British newspapers report government will bow to pressure and accept thousands more refugees from Syrian border in UK. More »

  • Turkey arrests 'four traffickers' over migrant toddler's death
    Turkey arrests 'four traffickers' over migrant toddler's death 6 hours ago

    Turkish authorities have arrested four suspected traffickers over the deaths of 12 Syrian migrants in two boat sinkings, including a three-year-old boy whose image became a viral symbol of the tragedy of refugees, a report said Thursday. More »

  • On Arctic tip of Europe, Syrian migrants reach Norway by bike 7 hours ago

    By Stine Jacobsen and Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Some Syrian refugees have found a cheaper, safer, though much more roundabout way of reaching Europe than crossing the Mediterranean -- heading to the Arctic Circle and entering Norway from Russia, sometimes even by bicycle. As world attention focuses on migrants cramming into trains in Hungary or onto flimsy boats headed for Greece or Italy, Norwegian police say about 170, mostly Syrian, refugees have used the Storskog border crossing in the far north of Norway so far this year, up from just a dozen in all of 2014. Warm relations between Moscow and Damascus mean that it is relatively easy for Syrians to get visas for Russia. More »

  • Here’s what we can all do to help ease the migrant crisis
    Here’s what we can all do to help ease the migrant crisis 7 hours ago

    The human tragedy going on across the Mediterranean at present has shocked one and all, but there are practical ways to help. More »

  • Drowned Syrian toddlers' family had not applied for Canada entry 7 hours ago

    The family of two Syrian toddlers who drowned as they tried to reach Greece had not yet applied to enter Canada, the extended family said on Thursday, despite earlier reports that their refugee application had been rejected. A photograph of Aylan Kurdi's tiny body in a bright red T-shirt and dark shorts, face-down in the surf, appeared in newspapers around the world, prompting sympathy and outrage at the perceived inaction of developed nations in helping refugees. It shouldn't have happened to them," the aunt of the drowned toddlers, Tima Kurdi, told reporters in Vancouver, breaking down in tears. More »

  • The Journey of Two Syrian Brothers That Ended on a Turkish Beach
    The Journey of Two Syrian Brothers That Ended on a Turkish Beach 7 hours ago

    On Wednesday, moving images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying face-down on a Turkish beach after drowning at sea ensured that the coverage of the refugee crisis reached fever-pitch, with nearly every single British newspaper running the tragedy on their front-cover. Aylan was born into the Syrian civil war where his family lived in the Syrian-Kurdish border town of Kobane, which was besieged by ISIS last year, an offensive successfully defended by Kurdish militiamen. It remains unclear how long the Kurdi family were in Turkey after fleeing Syria. More »