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Hezbollah mourns top commander killed in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese group Hezbollah mourned one of its top commanders who was killed fighting alongside Syrian army forces in Idlib province, in a funeral procession broadcast live on Hezbollah's al-Manar TV on Monday.


UNHCR chief questions EU refugee strategy with Turkey

ATHENS (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency chief questioned on Monday the European Union's strategy of building more camps in Turkey to stem the flow of refugees into Europe, saying it would be more effective if host countries allowed refugees to work.


Yemen's Saleh says ready to commit to U.N. peace terms

DUBAI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Yemen's former president has vowed to honour a peace plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman and to quit Yemeni cities if a Saudi-led Arab alliance stopped air strikes on the country.


Syrian rebels pour men and missiles into frontlines

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Insurgents in Syria are deploying more men and weapons, including significant quantities of anti-tank missiles, to resist ground attacks by the Syrian army and its allies, backed by Russian air strikes, rebels and a monitoring group said on Tuesday.


Refugees in Pakistan hit by aid cuts as Europe crisis drains funds

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Aid programmes for some of the 2.5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan are being slashed amid the worst funding shortfall for a generation, as the European and Syrian migrant crisis uses up cash and dominates headlines, United Nations officials said.


Syrians hope to return and rebuild their country

The feeling among refugees in Lebanon is: 'We want to go back. We have no life here. We can rebuild it if there is peace and security.'


Syria's army, allies plan offensive against insurgents in Aleppo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army along with Iranian and Hezbollah allies will soon launch a ground attack supported by Russian air strikes against insurgents in the Aleppo area, two senior regional officials told Reuters on Tuesday.Control of Aleppo city and the surrounding province in the area near the Turkish border is divided among the Syrian government, insurgent groups fighting Assad and the Islamic State group that controls some rural areas near the city.


Analysis - Migrants may give Europe's economy a new lease of life

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's ageing economy may just find that the biggest refugee crisis since World War Two gives it a new lease of life - even if huge uncertainty about the future scale of immigration and how refugees are integrated cloud any long-range forecasting.


Surge in violence tests loyalties of Israeli Arabs

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's leading Arab politician was in the middle of a television interview on a street in its biggest Arab city when the mayor, also an Arab, pulled up in his car and started shouting at him to leave.


EU gropes forward on refugee plans, wooing Turkey

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders meeting in Brussels must deliver on promises of cash and immigration officers to tackle the refugee crisis, the European Union's executive said on Wednesday as it stepped up negotiations with Turkey.