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  • John Kerry meets Gulf foreign ministers
    John Kerry meets Gulf foreign ministers 6 hours ago

    Following the nuclear deal with Iran, the US secretary of state flies to Qatar to reassure Gulf foreign ministers. More »

  • Russia warns US over Syria strategy but 2 nations agree to help Gulf Arab States …
    Russia warns US over Syria strategy but 2 nations agree to help Gulf Arab States … 6 hours ago

    The US, Russia and Saudi Arabia have held trilateral talks in Qatar in an attempt to find common ground in the fight against Isis, as well as negotiating the trickier subjects of Iran and Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir spoke at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Doha. More »

  • Russia says U.S. strikes on Syrian army would harm fight against Islamists
    Russia says U.S. strikes on Syrian army would harm fight against Islamists 7 hours ago

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that any U.S. military strikes against the Syrian government army would complicate attempts to fight Islamic State and other groups. The United States said on Sunday it had decided to allow air strikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers. "We say that this position is a violation of international law and represents an obstacle on the road to forming a united front to fight terrorism, including Islamic State and al-Nusra Front," Lavrov told a news conference with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah. More »

  • First U.S.-trained Syria rebel believed killed in fighting - sources 7 hours ago

    The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the incident, said the Syrian rebel was killed during fighting with suspected members of Nusra Front, al Qaeda's Syria wing, in northern Syria on Friday. More »

  • Migrant Crisis Worsens as 1,700 Storm Channel Tunnel
    Migrant Crisis Worsens as 1,700 Storm Channel Tunnel 7 hours ago

    Thousands of migrants and refugees living in makeshift camps in the French port city of Calais are making nightly attempts to enter the Channel Tunnel freight terminal in a bid to reach Britain. The French government has deployed riot police and extra security around the tunnel, but that didn't deter 1,700 people from making the attempt on Sunday night, according to a French police union. The union did say that "intrusions" in the area were better managed that night than in previous days, the BBC reports, but there was talk that Monday evening would see "the biggest attempt so far" by the refugees to breach the tunnel, according to the BBC's Gavin Lee, who is reporting from Calais. More »

  • Syrian Kurds set terms for partnership with Assad
    Syrian Kurds set terms for partnership with Assad 8 hours ago

    Official of YPG group battling ISIL says they are willing to coordinate with anyone who is ready for democracy. More »

  • In Islamic State's stronghold, a silent killer in jihadist ranks 8 hours ago

    The Islamic State has lured thousands of foreign fighters and their families to Syria with the promise of building a utopian caliphate. As in much of the Middle East, Syria historically had low rates of HIV infection. More »

  • 1,500 schools damaged or destroyed in Iraq's Anbar
    1,500 schools damaged or destroyed in Iraq's Anbar 9 hours ago

    More than 1,500 schools have been damaged or destroyed as a result of the conflict in Iraq's troubled Anbar province alone, a spokesman said Monday. More »

  • US Treasury sanctions Syrian government's energy networks 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday targeted 11 companies and individuals suspected of providing energy products the Syrian government of Bashar Assad is using in the conflict there. More »

  • US and Russia offer support to Gulf Arab states
    US and Russia offer support to Gulf Arab states 9 hours ago

    Kerry promises more arms and intelligence-sharing for GCC states while Lavrov says dialogue key to end Syria's war. More »

  • Germany: Mystery of vanished mother and daughter baffles police despite discovery …
    Germany: Mystery of vanished mother and daughter baffles police despite discovery … 9 hours ago

    Concern is growing for a German woman and her daughter who have vanished from their home after the body of the girl's father was found in a nearby river with his body weighed down by a concrete block. Supermarket worker Sylvia Schulze, 43, and daughter Miriam, 12, haven't been seen since 22 July near their home in Drage, near Harburg in north Germany. Chemical worker Marco Schulze, 41, Miriam's father, was last seen on 24 July driving a gray Dacia Sandero. More »

  • In UK, heated debate as migrants' numbers grow across the Channel 9 hours ago

    Thousands of desperate migrants, many refugees from the conflict in Syria as well as sub-Saharan Africa, have gathered in makeshift camps, attempting to board trucks and trains in the hope of forging a better life. On the other side of the Channel, miles-long traffic jams and extended delays on the Channel Tunnel train have revealed a clogged system struggling to cope with newfound pressure. Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted he expects the crisis to last all summer. More »

  • US begins armed drone flights from Turkey 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military is expanding its combat role in Syria in defense of coalition-backed rebels, conducting armed drone missions into Syria from an air base in Turkey and imposing new rules allowing the U.S. to defend rebels against attacks from any hostile force, including the Assad government. More »

  • The U.S. Quietly Expands Its Mission in Syria
    The U.S. Quietly Expands Its Mission in Syria 9 hours ago

    On September 16, 2014, there was a brief exchange regarding the nascent war against the self-declared Islamic State—totally unnoticed at the time—between the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the secretary of defense: More »

  • Turkey vows 'whatever necessary' in fight against militants
    Turkey vows 'whatever necessary' in fight against militants 9 hours ago

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to do "whatever necessary" in Turkey's controversial fight against Kurdish militants, with no end in sight to a two-week cycle of violence. More »

  • US widens sanctions on Syria
    US widens sanctions on Syria 9 hours ago

    The United States widened sanctions on Syria on Monday, targeting individuals and entities it says are providing energy products used by the Assad regime in fighting its own people. More »

  • Treasury sanctions Syrian government's energy networks 9 hours ago

    The Treasury Department on Monday targeted 11 companies and individuals suspected of providing energy products the Syrian government of Bashar Assad is using in the conflict there. Treasury said many of ... More »

  • Special Report - U.S. State Department watered down human trafficking repor …
    Special Report - U.S. State Department watered down human trafficking repor … 10 hours ago

    By Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently — and they prevailed. A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign capitals, shows that the government office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior American diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 strategically important countries in this year’s Trafficking in Persons report. More »

  • Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance
    Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance 10 hours ago

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region. More »

  • Soldiers in Hungary begin building fence to stop migrants
    Soldiers in Hungary begin building fence to stop migrants 10 hours ago

    ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian soldiers started building a fence Monday on the border with Serbia, an effort meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union. More »

  • US to speed up arms sales to Gulf after Iran deal: Kerry
    US to speed up arms sales to Gulf after Iran deal: Kerry 10 hours ago

    Washington has agreed to speed up arms sales to Gulf states, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday after talks in Doha on their concerns over the Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Lavrov condemns US plan to extend Syria bombing
    Lavrov condemns US plan to extend Syria bombing 11 hours ago

    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday dismissed as "counter-productive" an announcement by Washington that it could take extra measures to defend US-allied fighters in Syria. More »

  • 2 men on trial in Germany accused of joining Islamic State
    2 men on trial in Germany accused of joining Islamic State 11 hours ago

    BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Monday began hearing the case against two men accused of joining the Islamic State group, with one of the defendants saying before the trial that he would reveal details about the inner workings of the organization. More »

  • Lebanon's trash crisis worsens amid rising heat, anger
    Lebanon's trash crisis worsens amid rising heat, anger 11 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — It's summer in this proud Mediterranean city, with celebrities and Lebanese expats flocking to international festivals and parties at Beirut's beaches and nightclubs. But the country's own citizens are suffocating from mountains of stinking garbage collecting on the streets — yet another reflection of government paralysis and its inability to find a solution for the capital's rubbish. More »

  • Germany hits new immigration record amid rising tensions
    Germany hits new immigration record amid rising tensions 12 hours ago

    Germany took in a record number of immigrants last year amid growing tensions over the changing face of the nation, official statistics released Monday showed. More »

  • Deaths reported amid warplane crash in Syria
    Deaths reported amid warplane crash in Syria 12 hours ago

    Monitor says more than 20 killed in Ariha, in Idlib province, at site of government air raids and subsequent jet crash. More »

  • Russian Security Forces Kill Eight Alleged ISIS Militants
    Russian Security Forces Kill Eight Alleged ISIS Militants 12 hours ago

    Russian authorities announced on Sunday that its security forces had killed eight terrorists it says were affiliated with Islamic State (ISIS), after a firefight in the North Caucasus region, west of Chechnya, according to AFP. Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) made the announcement on Sunday evening after Russian forces ambushed the militants early on Sunday morning in the southern republic of Ingushetia. "According to information available to the security services, the militants killed in the operation had recently pledged allegiance and became members of the Islamic State international terrorist organization. More »

  • U.S., allies stage 29 air strikes against Islamic State - statement 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State conducted 29 air strikes against the militant group in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, the task force leading the operation said in a statement. In Iraq, 21 strikes hit areas near Mosul, Tal Afar, Ramadi, al Huwayja and other cities, hitting units of Islamic State fighters as well as militants' vehicles, bunkers, fighting positions and other targets. Eight strikes targeted the group near al Hasaka and two other Syrian cities, according to the statement released on Monday. ... More »

  • EU Hands Macedonia Almost $100,000 to Deal With Migrant Crisis
    EU Hands Macedonia Almost $100,000 to Deal With Migrant Crisis 12 hours ago

     The European Union (EU) has agreed to provide the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with $99,700 (90,656 euros) of humanitarian aid, due to the increased number of refugees passing through the country's territory fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East, but primarily Syria. Medical charity group Mdecins Sans Frontires told the BBC in June that around 300 asylum seekers cross into Macedonia on a daily basis from Greece alone. The former Yugoslav state is a transit stop for many migrants, who flee conflict in the Middle East, seeking to cross from southern Europe into more affluent northern EU members via Serbia. More »

  • Kerry hopes for better Iran conduct after deal but it 'may not happen&# …
    Kerry hopes for better Iran conduct after deal but it 'may not happen&# … 12 hours ago

    By David Brunnstrom and Noah Browning DOHA (Reuters) - Iran's "behaviour" may improve internationally in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers but Washington and Gulf Arab allies who accuse it of subversion aim to be prepared if that does not happen, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. Speaking after meeting fellow foreign ministers from the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Qatar, Kerry said that both he and they agreed that once fully implemented, the historic accord would contribute to the region's security. "Our goal is to fully implement this agreement and to hope that Iran’s behaviour will be ameliorated. More »

  • Syria's western-backed political opposition structure reelects presiden …
    Syria's western-backed political opposition structure reelects presiden … 13 hours ago

    Syria's western-backed political opposition, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, reelected Khaled Khoja for a second term as its president, the body said in a statement. The Coalition, accused of slipping into virtual irrelevance on the battlefield as Islamist and Kurdish groups have grown stronger, is working on establishing a new military command structure to head up rebel fighting groups. Khoja is an ethnic Turkmen and medical doctor and unlike previous Coalition presidents is not seen to be strongly aligned with either of its two biggest backers, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, whose influence has previously caused rifts within the body. More »

  • Russian FM meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow - official
    Russian FM meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow - official 14 hours ago

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Qatar on Monday and invited him to visit Moscow, a Hamas official said, extending a diplomatic welcome to the Palestinian group shunned by the West. Meshaal, who is based in Doha, last travelled to Moscow in 2010, four years after his first official visit to the Russian capital. In a statement released in Gaza, the Hamas official said a delegation led by Meshaal briefed Lavrov on conditions in the Gaza Strip, which the Islamist movement rules, in the aftermath of last summer's war with Israel. More »

  • Calais: Life in 'the Jungle'
    Calais: Life in 'the Jungle' 14 hours ago

    Migrants from Calais refugee camp risk their lives in continuous attempts to cross into UK under the English Channel. More »

  • Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to avenge Yazidis
    Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to avenge Yazidis 14 hours ago

    The president of Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan, Massud Barzani, promised Monday to avenge the Yazidi minority brutally attacked by the Islamic State group a year ago. More »

  • Syrian air raids, warplane crash kill at least 27 people
    Syrian air raids, warplane crash kill at least 27 people 15 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Government air raids in a northwestern town in Syria and a subsequent crash by a Syrian warplane that slammed into a residential area there killed at least 27 people on Monday, activists said. More »