Lebanese leaders divided over fate of Syrian refugees

In Lebanon, the return of Syrian refugees to their country is an increasingly controversial issue, with the Lebanese political class divided over conditions needed for them to be sent back. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on 16 October that the international community needs to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon return to “calm” parts of Syria, […]

The world’s youngest leader, 31, wins power in Austria

The world’s youngest leader, 31, wins power in Austria: Anti-EU ‘Wunderwuzzi’ who wants to cut benefits for foreigners triumphs in election – as the far right surges to second and is poised for coalition government The leader of Austria’s right-leaning People’s Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to […]

Death toll from Somalia bomb attacks tops 300

More than 300 people were killed by twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught by Somalia’s deadliest attack in a decade. The death toll has steadily risen since Saturday, when the blasts struck at two busy junctions in the heart of […]

Turkey agrees to close air space to Kurdish controlled northern Iraq

Turkey’s cabinet agreed on Monday to close its air space to Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq and said work had started to hand over the main land border crossing into the autonomous region to the central Iraqi government. Government spokesman Bekir Bozdag also said the cabinet approved a recommendation from the national security council, chaired by President […]

Israeli military strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery it says fired at jets while flying over Lebanon

Israel’s military said Monday it carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country. Israeli planes were on what the military described as a routine reconnaissance mission over neighbouring Lebanon when an anti-aircraft missile was fired […]