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  • More than 40 councils offer sanctuary to Syria refugees
    More than 40 councils offer sanctuary to Syria refugees 1 hour 42 minutes ago

    More than 40 local councils across Britain have responded to an appeal to offer sanctuary to people fleeing the fighting in Syria. More »

  • Jeremy Corbyn Labour win 'might stop Britain launching IS air strikes&# …
    Jeremy Corbyn Labour win 'might stop Britain launching IS air strikes&# … 1 hour 42 minutes ago

    Britain may be unable to launch air strikes against Islamic State in Syria if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Labour leader, senior party figures and former military figures have warned. More »

  • The Latest: Austria, Germany to accept bused migrants
    The Latest: Austria, Germany to accept bused migrants 1 hour 46 minutes ago

    BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET): More »

  • Saudi Arabia satisfied with Obama's assurances on Iran deal
    Saudi Arabia satisfied with Obama's assurances on Iran deal 1 hour 53 minutes ago

    By Yeganeh Torbati and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is satisfied with assurances from U.S. President Barack Obama about the Iran nuclear deal and believes the agreement will contribute to security and stability in the Middle East, a senior Saudi official said on Friday. Saudi King Salman met with Obama at the White House on Friday to seek more support in countering Iran, as the Obama administration aimed to use the visit to shore up relations after a period of tensions. The visit is the king's first to the United States since ascending to the throne in January 2015, and comes after the United States agreed to a nuclear deal with Iran in July. More »

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  • Syria car bombs kill 26, including anti-regime Druze cleric: monitor
    Syria car bombs kill 26, including anti-regime Druze cleric: monitor 2 hours 42 minutes ago

    A prominent Druze cleric known for criticising Syria's regime and Islamists was assassinated in a car bomb attack that killed 25 others and sparked riots outside the city of Sweida on Friday, a monitor said. More »

  • Hungary To Help Migrants Reach Austria On Buses
    Hungary To Help Migrants Reach Austria On Buses 2 hours 49 minutes ago

    Around 100 buses are being organised to offer transport to crowds of refugees who are making a long walk in convoy to the Austrian border. Hundreds fled from Bicske station - 22 miles from Budapest - after being held on the stationary train and ordered to register at the asylum centre in the town. Around 300 people are now trudging along the tracks towards what they hope will be freedom at the Austrian border 84 miles (135km) away. More »

  • Why is ISIS blowing up history? 3 hours ago

    Last May, as Islamic State (IS) fighters swept into Palmyra, Syria, a UNESCO World Heritage site, they promised to protect the city’s emblematic ruins, a glimpse into Roman-era history. Archaeologists, who spent years miserably watching as war and terrorism took their toll on the Middle East’s artifacts, breathed a sigh of relief. More »

  • Hungary lays on buses for refugees walking to Austria
    Hungary lays on buses for refugees walking to Austria 3 hours ago

    Hungary late Friday laid on buses to ferry hundreds of desperate refugees who had set off on foot for the Austrian border after being stranded for days in Budapest's main railway station. More »

  • Britain To Take In 'Thousands More' Refugees
    Britain To Take In 'Thousands More' Refugees 3 hours ago

    Britain will take in "thousands more" refugees from camps on the Syrian border after the Government came under pressure to do more amid Europe's unfolding migration crisis. David Cameron said Britain would act with "our head and our heart" in offering sanctuary to those fleeing the country's civil war after he faced calls to act from the public and politicians. Mr Cameron did not give a specific figure, but said he would set out more detail next week. More »

  • Rail Track Refugee 'Felt Death Would Be Better'
    Rail Track Refugee 'Felt Death Would Be Better' 3 hours ago

    The father who pulled his wife and eight-month-old son on to the tracks at a Hungarian railway station has told Sky News he did it because he wished they were all dead. Mohammad Bakkar spoke exclusively to Sky from the refugee camp where he is now being housed. Mr Bakkar has travelled over land to Hungary from the Syrian capital Damascus with his wife, who is five months pregnant, and their son. More »

  • Saudi Arabia welcomes Iran nuclear deal after Obama meeting - foreign minis …
    Saudi Arabia welcomes Iran nuclear deal after Obama meeting - foreign minis … 3 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia is satisfied with U.S. President Barack Obama's assurances about the Iran nuclear deal and believes the agreement will contribute to security and stability in the Middle East, the country's foreign minister said on Friday. Speaking after a White House meeting between Obama and Saudi King Salman in Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Obama had assured Salman that the agreement prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, includes inspections of military and suspected sites, and has a provision for the snapback of sanctions if Iran violates the agreement. More »

  • Obama, Saudi King put warm gloss over differences
    Obama, Saudi King put warm gloss over differences 3 hours ago

    US President Barack Obama on Friday welcomed Saudi Arabia's King Salman for a long-delayed first White House summit marked by warm public words, amid clashing views on Middle Eastern crises. More »

  • Gazprom seals big gas deals in Europe despite Ukraine crisis
    Gazprom seals big gas deals in Europe despite Ukraine crisis 3 hours ago

    By Vera Eckert and Oleg Vukmanovic FRANKFURT/MILAN (Reuters) - Russia's Gazprom has bolstered its industrial presence in the heart of Europe with two major gas deals that were announced on Friday despite ongoing tensions with Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The first of the deals, an asset swap with German chemicals group BASF that gives Russia greater access to gas trading and storage in Germany, was a surprise as the companies had abandoned it only nine months ago, citing a "difficult political environment". Pressed on what had changed since, BASF declined to respond directly. More »

  • Hungary to bus migrants to Austrian border 4 hours ago

    By Krisztina Than and Sandor Peto BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary said on Friday it would send thousands of migrants by bus to the border with Austria, appearing to capitulate to crowds who broke away from riot police and struck out on foot for western Europe in a day of chaos. The chief of staff to right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban said around 100 buses would be sent within hours to pick up thousands of migrants camped out in front of Budapest’s main railway terminus and another 1,200 striding down the main highway to Vienna, led by a one-legged Syrian refugee and chanting “Germany, Germany!” “This does not automatically mean that they can leave the country,” Janos Lazar told a news conference. More »

  • Photos: Hundreds of Refugees Begin Long March From Hungary Towards Germany
    Photos: Hundreds of Refugees Begin Long March From Hungary Towards Germany 4 hours ago

    As many as 1,000 people, including the elderly, babies, amputees and people in wheelchairs, are making the trek west to Austria, seeing no end in sight from the situation at Keleti train station. Around 2,000 refugees and migrants remain at the train station, The Guardian reports. Some held up posters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the red, yellow and black flag of Germany behind her. More »

  • Riyadh 'satisfied' with US assurances on Iran deal
    Riyadh 'satisfied' with US assurances on Iran deal 4 hours ago

    Saudi FM says leaders of two countries had agreed on ways to counter Iran's 'negative activities' in the region. More »

  • UK: British mother-of-five arrested after attempting to flee to Syria with  …
    UK: British mother-of-five arrested after attempting to flee to Syria with  … 4 hours ago

    A mother-of-five has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction amid fears she was travelling to Syria to join Islamic State. Zahera Tariq, 33, was arrested at Luton airport on Thursday (3 September) as she arrived in the UK on a flight from Istanbul, Turkey. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Tariq was traced by counter terror police after an appeal for information from the public. More »

  • IS releases 15 Christians in Syria: monitoring groups
    IS releases 15 Christians in Syria: monitoring groups 4 hours ago

    At least 15 Syrian Christians who had been held by the Islamic State group in the central village of Al-Qaryatain were released Friday, monitoring groups said. More »

  • Iraqi army raids militia HQ, suspecting link to Turkish abductees 5 hours ago

    By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces investigating the abduction of 18 Turkish construction workers raided the Baghdad headquarters of a powerful Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia overnight, security sources and officials said on Friday. Gunmen in military uniform had seized the Turks on Wednesday from a sports stadium they were building in northeastern Baghdad, in what Ankara said appeared to have been a targeted kidnapping. The militia, Kataib Hezbollah, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. More »

  • As crisis grips Europe, a look at how US takes in refugees
    As crisis grips Europe, a look at how US takes in refugees 5 hours ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Europe is struggling with a surge of refugees and immigrants that has resulted in countless deaths, including that of a 3-year-old Syrian who washed up on a beach in Turkey and has become a symbol of the crisis. More »

  • UN agency forced to cut food aid to 229,000 Syrian refugees
    UN agency forced to cut food aid to 229,000 Syrian refugees 5 hours ago

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The cash-strapped World Food Program has had to drop one-third of Syrian refugees from its food voucher program in Middle Eastern host countries this year, including 229,000 in Jordan who stopped receiving food aid in September, a spokeswoman said Friday. More »

  • Syrian family laid to rest as Taoiseach says we can take in more refugees
    Syrian family laid to rest as Taoiseach says we can take in more refugees 6 hours ago

    “There’s got to be a clear plan and a clear strategy to help people who are so distressed by these events.” More »

  • A glance at where migrants head, in Europe and elsewhere
    A glance at where migrants head, in Europe and elsewhere 6 hours ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe is struggling to manage its worst refugee emergency since World War II, but that's nothing to the numbers that Syria's neighbors are forced to cope with. More »

  • Millions pour into aid groups after toddler's death
    Millions pour into aid groups after toddler's death 6 hours ago

    Millions of euros in donations flooded into aid groups Friday from across Europe and the US from people heart-broken by photos of a drowned Syrian toddler lying washed up on a Turkish beach. More »

  • From Vietnam War to a Turkish beach, the shock of the photo endures
    From Vietnam War to a Turkish beach, the shock of the photo endures 6 hours ago

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Sept4 (Reuters) - In an age of 24-hour news in which people are exposed to more footage from world trouble spots than ever before, the image of one dead Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach demonstrates the enduring power of the still news photograph. The photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, now the instantly recognisable symbol of the refugee crisis engulfing Europe, joins iconic images of past tragedies from Biafra to Vietnam that remain seared in people's memories. In terms of impact on public opinion and even political fallout, Turkish photographer Nilufer Demir's image of Aylan, face-down by the water's edge in a red t-shirt and shorts, may be unprecedented. More »

  • ISIS Forces Christians To Live Under Its Rules in Syrian Town After Release
    ISIS Forces Christians To Live Under Its Rules in Syrian Town After Release 6 hours ago

    More than 200 Christians who were being held captive by Islamic State (ISIS) have been released but are being forced to live under a set of rules handed down by the terrorist group, Christian leaders said Friday. ISIS captured the some 270 Christians in the Syrian town of Al-Qaryatain. The kidnapped Christians are from the Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic denominations of Christianity. More »

  • Prominent anti-Assad cleric killed in Syria bombing 6 hours ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two rare explosions went off Friday near a hospital in a province in southern Syria, killing a prominent anti-government cleric and at least seven others, pro-government media and activists said. More »

  • ISIL blows up ancient tower tombs in Syria's Palmyra
    ISIL blows up ancient tower tombs in Syria's Palmyra 7 hours ago

    Satellites confirm that at least seven tombs, including three of the best preserved, destroyed in heritage city. More »

  • The End Of The Line: Syrians Reach Germany
    The End Of The Line: Syrians Reach Germany 7 hours ago

    Escorted from trains by riot police at Munich station, they have finally made it to western Europe. Zuhar Kasar tells us he left Syria to avoid joining the army of Bashar al Assad. It has taken a year and a half to get from Damascus to Munich. More »

  • No let-up in migrant crossings from beach where toddler drowned
    No let-up in migrant crossings from beach where toddler drowned 7 hours ago

    By Ece Toksabay BODRUM, Turkey (Reuters) - Days after the world's conscience was shocked by the image of a dead toddler washed up on a Turkish beach, the only thing holding back more Syrian refugees from attempting the same crossing was a media frenzy of journalists crowding the shore. "We saw the picture of the baby, (but) we have no other chance," says 36-year old Abdulmenem Alsatouf, a father of three children who once ran a supermarket in the Syrian city of Idlib. As a Turkish court charged four alleged Syrian smugglers in connection with the three-year-old's death, Alsatouf was one of thousands of migrants waiting for their chance to brave the 4 km (2 miles) of water to the Greek island of Kos. More »

  • US coordinating its response to Europe's migrant crisis 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department has set up a working group to help coordinate the U.S. response to Europe's migrant crisis. More »

  • At least 10 killed in armed attacks in Tajikistan, U.S. embassy shut 7 hours ago

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least eight policemen and two gunmen were killed in Tajikistan on Friday in attacks the authorities in the Central Asian nation blamed on forces loyal to the country's own deputy defence minister. Tajikistan, an impoverished Muslim nation of 8 million and the poorest ex-Soviet state, is still volatile after a 1992-97 civil war that killed tens of thousands. The events prompted the U.S. embassy in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital, to shut. More »

  • U.S., allies conduct 21 air strikes against Islamic State - U.S. military 7 hours ago

    An international coalition led by the United States conducted 15 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq on Thursday and also targeted the militant group with six strikes in Syria, the U.S. military said in a statement on Friday. The Iraq attacks "struck and eliminated Daesh terrorists, along with weapon systems, in the vicinity of Tuz" said Colonel Wayne Marotto, public affairs officer for the Combined Joint Task Force, using an Arabic name for Islamic State. One strike near Tuz hit a tactical unit and destroyed 10 Islamic State rockets and a vehicle, according to the military statement. More »

  • Police question mother of four amid Syria travel fears
    Police question mother of four amid Syria travel fears 7 hours ago

    A woman feared to have been planning to travel to Syria with her four children is being questioned by police after returning to Britain. More »