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Father buries drowned toddler, family in Syria: witness

Sep 4, 2015

Father buries drowned toddler, family in Syria: witness

The father of a 3-year-old boy whose drowning off Turkey shocked the world buried his son, another child and his wife in an emotional funeral Friday in Syria’s Kobane, a witness said. “Aylan Shenu, his brother, and his mother were buried today in Kobane ...

Sep 4, 2015

U.S. is urged to let in more Syrian refugees

As the world watches bodies of drowned refugees wash up on Europe’s beaches, the United States is also under pressure to do more to help the desperate victims of Syria’s civil war. Since fighting erupted in 2011 the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has ...

Lake Baikal area under threat from wildfires

Sep 4, 2015

Lake Baikal area under threat from wildfires

Raging wildfires have turned the shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake in Siberia into an inferno, threatening the health and livelihood of locals and raising questions about Russia’s ability to protect its natural heritage. Critics have blamed authorities’ slow response for allowing the ...

On Arctic tip of Europe, Syrian migrants reach Norway by bike

Sep 4, 2015

On Arctic tip of Europe, Syrian migrants reach Norway by bike

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 by bicycle. As world attention focuses on migrants cramming into trains in ...

Sep 4, 2015

U.S. checking reports Russian forces operating in Syria

The White House on Thursday said it is closely monitoring reports that Russia is carrying out military operations in Syria, warning that such actions will be “destabilizing and counterproductive.” “We are aware of reports that Russia may have deployed military personnel and aircraft to ...

Britain's Labour leader candidates clash over Europe

Sep 4, 2015

Britain's Labour leader candidates clash over Europe

Candidates to head Britain’s Labour Party clashed over how to approach a referendum on membership of the European Union on Thursday, in the final debate to decide who should be the country’s new opposition leader. The surprise front-runner in the contest, anti-austerity candidate Jeremy ...