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U.N. forced to halt planned humanitarian work under Syria ceasefire deal

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations has been forced to suspend planned humanitarian operations in Syria under a ceasefire agreement due to a "surge of military activity", a spokeswoman for U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Friday.


Merkel urges Europe to protect external borders amid refugee crisis

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe needed to protect its external frontiers as it faces the greatest influx of refugees since World War Two - a crisis that she said was "testing Europe's mettle".


EU tries to woo Erdogan in historic visit but division remains

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a long-awaited trip to Brussels on Sunday, officially a two-day state visit to Belgium, that will be dominated by EU meetings over Europe's migration crisis and the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria.


Hisham: Malaysia to send more troops for UN duty

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is sending an additional infantry battalion and an engineering unit for UN peacekeeping operations.


Lonely Planet curates weekend wine getaways around the world

Travel guide Lonely Planet has released a new guidebook for wine lovers that curates the best wineries and gastronomic experiences in established regions like Napa and Tuscany, as well as lesser-known areas like Georgia, Lebanon, Morocco and Slovenia.


Bomb in Lebanon targets bus heading to Syria, no casualties

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A bomb went off in Lebanon on Monday targeting a minibus transporting passengers to Syria, and a second explosive device was found near a Lebanese customs office at the Syrian-Lebanese border and defused, a security source said.


Russian strikes were planned for months - Syria minister

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian airstrikes in Syria had been planned months in advance and will be successful because of their coordination with the Syrian military, Syria's foreign minister was quoted as saying by state news agency SANA on Monday.


Erdogan presses EU to act in Syria over migrant crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged the European Union on Monday to consider safe havens and no-fly zones in Syria as a way to resolve the bloc's migrant crisis but signalled a readiness to discuss Europe's calls for more camps in Turkey.


Talks between Lebanese political rivals postponed on final day

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's parliament speaker cancelled the last day of this week's meeting aimed at discussing ways out of a political crisis after politicians made no progress on issues including high-level security appointments, the National News Agency said.


Director denies cheating food trader

NIBONG TEBAL: A company director claimed trial in a magistrate’s court in Jawi here to cheating a Lebanese food company of RM693,763.32.