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February 11, 2015 11:41 AM Serbia tries to stop massive exodus to EU

Serbian security forces have stepped up patrols and deployed an elite unit on the border with Hungary, trying to prevent an illegal flow of migrants that has triggered alarm in many European Union countries. A gendarmerie unit was sent to the border on Wednesday to try to crack down on the massive exodus of mostly Kosovo Albanians who have been fleeing 19

February 11, 2015 10:55 AM 300 migrants feared dead after boats sink in the Mediterranean Sea

(CNN)About 300 migrants are feared dead after their boats sank in the Mediterranean Sea, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday. The incident is just the latest in a long series of disasters involving migrants risking dangerous journeys to seek a better life. The migrants left Libya on Saturday in rubber boats, the International Organization for Migration 19

February 11, 2015 10:45 AM Serbia steps up border patrols on border with Hungary to try stop massive exodus to EU

SUBOTICA, Serbia – Serbian security forces have stepped up patrols and deployed an elite unit on the border with Hungary, trying to prevent an illegal flow of migrants that has triggered alarm in many European Union countries. A gendarmerie unit was sent to the border on Wednesday to try to crack down on the massive exodus of mostly Kosovo Albanians 18

February 11, 2015 10:19 AM ISIS' high-profile hostages

(CNN)In its short, bloody existence, ISIS has taken dozens of international hostages. Often its has sought ransoms for them to swell its coffers, and some governments have reportedly handed over hefty sums of cash. In other cases, where money isn't forthcoming, the Islamic militant group has publicized its barbaric killings of the hostages, apparently 24

February 11, 2015 5:10 AM Assad claims Syria kept 'informed' on anti-IS air campaign by US-led coalition's 'third parties'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly said that his government is receiving information from "third parties" in the U.S.-led coalition combating the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Assad however, added that there was no direct cooperation between Syria and the coalition since air raids began in Syria in September, reported the BBC. The report 34

February 10, 2015 4:09 PM Europe must save lives of people fleeing war: aid agencies

GENEVA (Reuters) - Inadequate European naval patrols in the Mediterranean will lead to ever more deaths from an increasing tide of desperate people fleeing wars in Africa and the Middle East, aid agencies say. Twenty-nine migrants died of hypothermia on Monday on the exposed decks of a small Italian naval vessel, which had rescued them in rough seas from a boat adrift 53

February 10, 2015 3:38 PM American ISIS hostage Kayla Jean Mueller is dead

Kayla Jean Mueller, a 26-year-old American aid worker kidnapped by ISIS in 2013, is dead, the White House and her family confirmed on Tuesday. Rumors of Mueller's death began circulating last week after ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts said she was killed in Jordanian airstrikes on Friday. “We're heartbroken to share we’ve received confirmation that Kayla 22

February 10, 2015 1:10 PM UAE resumes anti-ISIS strikes

(CNN)The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday resumed its participation in airstrikes against ISIS, the country said -- its first publicly known foray against the terror group since it reportedly suspended its attacks over concerns about pilot safety late last year. UAE F-16s stationed in Jordan took part in Tuesday morning's attacks and returned safely to base, the UAE military 18

February 10, 2015 10:07 AM Migrants' Deaths Blamed On Italy Ending Major Rescue Missions

Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. More African migrants have died after being rescued off the Libyan coast by Italian coast guard patrol boats. Their vessel had been tossed by heavy seas in freezing temperatures. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us on the line from Rome to talk about 16

February 10, 2015 6:53 AM Assad says Syria is 'informed on anti-IS air campaign'

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad says his government is receiving messages from the US-led coalition battling the jihadist group, Islamic State. Mr Assad told the BBC that there had been no direct co-operation since air strikes began in Syria in September. He also denied that Syrian government forces had been dropping barrel bombs indiscriminately on rebel-held 32 5