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Russian warplanes in Syria destroy U.S.-trained rebels' weapons depots - commander

7 October 2015

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian air strikes have destroyed the main weapons depots of a U.S.-trained rebel group in Syria, their commander said on Wednesday, in an expansion of Russian attacks on insurgents backed by foreign enemies of President Bashar al-Assad.

Migrants queue in the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs (LAGESO) as they wait to register in Berlin, Germany, October 7, 2015. German authorities are struggling to cope with the roughly 10,000 refugees arriving every day, many fleeing conflict in the Middle East. The government expects 800,000 or more people to arrive this year and media say it could be up to 1.5 million.  REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

German asylum applications up 126 percent to 43,071 in September

7 October 2015

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's interior ministry said on Wednesday that it had received 43,071 applications for asylum in September, a 126 percent rise compared to the same month last year.

An Indian Air Force's light combat aircraft (LCA) "Tejas" parks on the tarmac during the "Aero India 2015" air show at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru in this February 19, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/Files

Exclusive - Modi pushes 'obsolete' made-in-India plane on reluctant military

7 October 2015

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's government has turned down the military's request to expand the acquisition of 36 fighter planes from Dassault Aviation SA to plug vital gaps, officials said, nudging it to accept an indigenous combat plane 32 years in the making.

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho leaves a meeting with Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva (not pictured) at Belem Presidential Palace in Lisbon, October 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Portugal opposition Socialists, far-left to hold coalition talks

7 October 2015

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's moderate opposition Socialists opened the door to talks with the hard left on a majority left-wing government on Wednesday, complicating efforts by the outgoing centre-right coalition to form a minority administration with their support.

Russian naval landing ship Azov sails in the Bosphorus as it makes its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, in this October 6, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Murad Sezer/Files

Furious but powerless, Turkey left smarting by Russian action in Syria

7 October 2015

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey may be furious about Russian incursions into its air space but beyond words of protest there is little it can do, with its dependence on Russian energy and trade keeping its hands tied, and its own Syria policy in disarray.

Joanne Liu, president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) International, pauses before making her statement in Geneva, Switzerland, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

MSF seeks independent inquiry into U.S. attack on Afghan hospital

7 October 2015

GENEVA (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontieres called on Wednesday for an independent international commission to investigate the deadly U.S. bombing of its hospital in Kunduz in Afghanistan, which it deems a war crime.

Photos show Russian military trucks on Syria-bound ship

7 October 2015

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A ship chartered by the Russian government to make voyages to a government-controlled port in Syria was carrying military trucks when it headed to Syria last month, according to photographs taken as it passed through the Bosphorus Straits.

A still image from a October 6, 2015 footage shows a Russian air force helicopter on the tarmac of Heymim air base near the Syrian port town of Latakia.  REUTERS/RURTR via Reuters

Iraq leans towards Russia in war on Islamic State

7 October 2015

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq may request Russian air strikes against Islamic State on its soil soon and wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States in the war against the militant group, the head of parliament's defence and security committee said on Wednesday.

Smoke rises from what activists said were airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Babila, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

7 October 2015

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia and Syria carried out what appeared to be the first major coordinated assaults on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired 26 missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach.

Hollande warns of total war if MidEast conflict not solved

7 October 2015

PARIS (Reuters) - Europe must live up to the challenge of an upheaval that has forced hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee Syria, where everyone including Iran, Russia and the West must seek a political solution, French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday.

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