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Third Russian air strike on Syrian rebel group kills leader

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian air strikes in Syria's Latakia province killed a rebel commander and four other fighters from a group armed by President Bashar al-Assad's foreign enemies, a spokesman for the group said on Tuesday.


Resettling migrants from Middle East camps could ease crisis - Greece

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece said on Tuesday that resettling migrants from camps in the Middle Eastern countries such as Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, where they first arrive, could ease Europe's refugee crisis.


Sweden Democrats to advertise in Middle East to deter migrants

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats said on Thursday they would launch an advertising campaign in foreign media to discourage asylum-seekers from heading to the Nordic country, where record numbers have sought shelter this year.


Three Russians killed in Syria -pro-government source

BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least three Russians fighting alongside Syrian government forces were killed and several more wounded when a shell hit their position in the coastal province of Latakia, a senior pro-government military source said on Tuesday.


U.N.'s Ban, on visit, urges Israelis, Palestinians to avoid 'abyss'

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Palestinians and Israel on Tuesday to step back from a "dangerous abyss" as he arrived on a snap visit to the region at the head of international efforts to quell three weeks of violence.


Lebanon turns back 53 people trying to leave illegally by boat

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese army said on Wednesday its naval forces returned to shore a boat carrying 53 people trying to leave the country illegally from the northern coastal city of Tripoli.


Qatar says could intervene militarily in Syria but prefers political solution

DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar, a major supporter of rebels in Syria's civil war, suggested it could intervene militarily following Russia's intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad but said it still preferred a political solution to the crisis.


Exclusive - Shipping traffic to Syria surges as Russia steps up offensive

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 100 cargo vessels have reached Syria in the past few weeks, in the biggest buildup in shipping for over a year as Russia steps up its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad.


Relatives bury seven members of Lebanese family killed trying to reach Greece

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Seven members of a Lebanese family who died trying to reach Greece by boat were buried on Thursday in Beirut and survivors described watching their loved ones perish before their eyes.


U.S. says Russia strikes in Syria bolster Islamic State militants

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States blasted Russia's military strikes in Syria on Thursday, saying they were strengthening Islamic State militants, killing dozens of civilians, forcing tens of thousands more from their homes, and destroying schools and markets.