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Where could the refugee families sleep? In the beer tent, of course

The annual funfair was over, the lederhosen and dirndls had been put away and the beer tent was coming down when the mayor of Landshut got a desperate call.<p>Thousands of refugees and migrants had boarded trains bound for Munich after Angela Merkel said Syrians would be welcome in Germany, and the …

Angela Merkel

Prime minister justifies ‘act of self-defence’ in which UK citizens fighting alongside Isis were targeted by an unmanned aerial drone outside formal conflict<p>David Cameron is facing questions over Britain’s decision to follow the US model of drone strikes after the prime minister confirmed that the …

Middle East

Turkey PM vows to 'wipe out' PKK fighters after attack

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has vowed to "wipe out" Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters from their mountain strongholds after 16 soldiers were killed in a rebel attack.<p>"These terrorists must be wiped out from the mountains; whatever happens they must be wiped out," he said in …

Greek woman saves a Syrian man lost at sea for 13 hours | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Sandra Tsiligeridu was cruising back to the Greek holiday island of Kos with family and friends last Thursday when she spotted something out of place in the sea up ahead.<p>A pair of hands appeared to be waving at her from the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea.<p>Maybe it was a diver; maybe it …

David Cameron to face questions over attack that killed Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin while third UK jihadi died in US strike<p>The British government authorised an unprecedented airstrike in Syria that killed two Britons fighting with Islamic State, David Cameron has announced.<p>The target of the RAF …

Middle East

Islamic State 'takes Syrian state's last oilfield'

Islamic State fighters seize last major oilfield under Syrian government control during battles over a vast central desert zone, says monitoring group<p>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters have seized the last major oilfield under Syrian government control during battles over a vast …

Around 300 migrants give up their desperate struggle to walk to the Hungarian capital

A group of around 300 migrants, many from Syria, abandoned their struggle to to walk the Hungarian capital Budapest on Monday night.<p>Desperate and exhausted the men, women and children had walked between 15 and 20km before giving up. Many simply lay down at the side of the road, unable or unwilling …

Angela Merkel

Martin O’Malley Is Right: America Should Be Taking More Syrian Refugees

If little, crowded Germany can make room for those fleeing Syria, so can the United States.<p>I haven’t been writing about Syria, either the horrific war of the past four years or the ongoing refugee crises, because it is one of many topics about which I feel I don’t know enough to offer useful …

Middle East

Community leaders and politicians call for answers over deaths of British Isis militants who were killed in drone strikes authorised by UK government<p>Reyaad Khan, an Islamic State militant from Wales who once aspired to be the UK’s first Asian prime minister has instead become the first Briton to be …

United Kingdom

British Isil fighters: everything we know about the three dead Britons

A former pizza delivery boy from Aberdeen, a straight-A student from Cardiff and a Birmingam computer hacker were assassinated by an RAF drone<p>Junaid Hussain: The Isil fighter who once hacked Tony Blair<p>Junaid Hussain, a British computer hacker, was responsible for a series of cyber plots in the US, …

BND foreign intelligence agency is quoted as saying it tested blood samples from Kurds who had been injured fighting the Islamic State group<p>Germany’s foreign intelligence agency BND has reportedly collected evidence of mustard gas use by the Islamic State group.<p>German daily Bild reported on Monday …

Middle East

Turkish jets strike PKK targets after deadly militant attack | Reuters

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish insurgent targets overnight after the militants staged what appeared to be their deadliest attack since the collapse of a two-year-old ceasefire in July and killed 16 government soldiers.<p>A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet lands at …

An American family saved their son from joining the Islamic State. Now he might go to prison.

<b>CONFRONTING THE CALIPHATE</b> | This is part of an occasional series.<p>SPRING, Tex. — Asher Abid Khan sat in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and considered his next move — forward to Syria and enlistment in the Islamic State, the militant group that had drawn him to the possibility of dying for Allah, or home …

Refugees Race to Austria and Germany Before European Borders Close

Muhammed Muheisen—AP<p>Zoltan Balogh—EPA<p>Filip Singer—EPA<p>Aris Messinis—AFP/Getty Images<p>Iakovos Hatzistavrou—AFP/Getty Images<p>Manu Brabo—AP<p>Manu …

Islamophobic crime in London 'up by 70%'

<b>Hate crimes against Muslims in London have risen by 70% in the past year, according to Met Police statistics.</b><p>Figures for the 12 months up to July showed 816 Islamophobic crimes, compared with 478 for the previous 12-month period.<p>Tell MAMA, an organisation that monitors Islamophobic attacks, claimed …