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Australia's inaction on climate change set to dominate Pacific Island talks

Australia and New Zealand likely to face strong criticism at Pacific Islands Forum as leaders fear global warming will risk the survival of many tiny islands<p>Australia and New Zealand are expected to face strong criticism from Pacific Island leaders disappointed the nations are not doing more to …

UAE jets hit Yemen targets amid mourning for troops

United Arab Emirates jets have carried out air strikes on Yemeni fighters amid national mourning for 45 soldiers who were among dozens killed in the deadliest day so far for the Arab coalition.<p>The jets launched pre-dawn raids on Saturday on Marib, Sanaa, the opposition stronghold of Saada in the …

Middle East

Tsipras vows battle to improve bailout after Greek election

ATHENS (Reuters) - Former prime minister Alexis Tsipras promised on Sunday to fight to improve the terms of Greece’s latest bailout as he tried to shore up a rapidly collapsing lead in opinion polls, two weeks before a snap election.<p>In a campaign speech in the northern town of Thessaloniki, Tsipras …

Europe

Failure of Syria diplomacy exposes enduring divisions over Assad

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - While the desperate flight of Syrians from their country’s war was dominating news bulletins this summer, yet another diplomatic push to end the four-year-old conflict was quietly running into the sand.<p>That largely unnoticed failure has reinforced the view amongst Syria …

Middle East

Europe tracks army of 30,000 migrant smugglers

Officials say the deadly business that may be worth billions of dollars is preying on the sheer desperation of growing numbers of people fleeing war and poverty in places like Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia.<p>Smugglers belonging to loose networks are increasingly using social media, …

North Africa

Australia to take more Syrian refugees, wants 'security response'

PERTH (Reuters) - Australia will accept more refugees from camps bordering Syria and Iraq and “is open” to providing more financial assistance, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday, while adding that a “strong security response” was needed for the region.<p>The Australian government is due to …

Tony Abbott

South Korean coastguard and navy search for survivors of fatal capsizing

At least 10 people are dead and an unknown number missing after a fishing boat capsized off South Korea’s southern coast<p>Ten people died and an undetermined number of others were missing after a fishing boat capsized off South Korea’s southern coast, maritime officials said Sunday.<p>Three people were …

Coast Guard

US questions Russia over moves in Syria

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has expressed US concern over reports of Russia's enhanced military build-up in Syria in a telephone call with his Russian counterpart, according to the US state department.<p>The phone call came a day after media reports quoted US officials as describing an …

Middle East

European migrant crisis: Austria, Germany near tipping point

<b>Vienna, Austria (CNN) —</b> Austria says it can't keep this up much longer. Germany says it can't, either.<p>After absorbing more than 12,000 refugees, Austria wants to see a gradual reduction in the numbers of refugees coming through, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said.<p>"We have always said this is …

North Africa