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This news feed gathered from global reputable news sources on issues relating to the political and social conditions affecting Libya, Syria and the international refugee crisis.

  • Russia's Lavrov to meet U.S. Secretary of State in Vienna on Monday - agencies 16 May 2016 10:48 Reuters MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans to meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna on Monday, Russian news agencies reported.On Tuesday, the United States and Russia will co-chair a meeting of the International Syria Support Group, …
  • Nakba day report: Thousands of Palestinian refugees under siege in Syria 16 May 2016 10:46 Albawaba A general view showing the destruction in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital. (AFP/File) As Palestinians worldwide on Sunday marked the 68th anniversary of the Nakba, or "catastrophe" that occurred during the …
  • EU envoy blasts EU's 'lack of vision' on migration 16 May 2016 10:43 New Britain Herald ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A United Nations envoy for human rights has criticized the European Union's response to the refugee crisis as showing a "lack of vision," operating under legal ambiguity, and backing the detention of newly arrived …
  • Lavrov, Belarusian President to Discuss European Security, Ukraine, Syria 16 May 2016 10:41 RIA Novosti Europe 13:13 16.05.2016(updated 13:32 16.05.2016) Get short URL MINSK (Sputnik) – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss issues concerning European security, as well as the situations in Ukraine …
  • The Rainy Day Has Come: How Countries Use Their Sovereign Wealth Funds 16 May 2016 10:41 RIA Novosti Business 13:40 16.05.2016Get short URL Norway Norway, the owner of the largest of the funds, set up in 1990s to safeguard the country’s oil wealth for future generations, announced in January that it had made its first withdrawal from the country's …
  • Turkey and US-led coalition hit IS group in Syria 16 May 2016 10:20 Santa Cruz Sentinel ISTANBUL (AP) -- A Turkish news agency says Turkish shelling and air strikes by the U.S.-led military coalition killed 27 Islamic State militants in Syria. Citing military sources, the state-run Anadolu agency said the militants were killed on Sunday as …
  • New Ceasefire in Syria's Aleppo Depends on Nusra Front's Actions 16 May 2016 10:11 Sputnik International Middle East 12:28 16.05.2016(updated 12:35 16.05.2016) Get short URL MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The issue of ceasefire renewal in Syria's province of Aleppo depends heavily on the actions that could be taken by the Nusra Front terrorist group, Russian Deputy …
  • Kremlin: Too Early to Discuss Expectations for Syria Support Group Meeting 16 May 2016 10:11 Sputnik International Middle East 12:57 16.05.2016(updated 13:04 16.05.2016) Get short URL MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Kremlin believes it is premature to talk about what to expect from the upcoming International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov …
  • Rival Militants Win Back 5 Key Regions from ISIL in Aleppo 16 May 2016 10:06 Fars News Agency TEHRAN (FNA)- The rival militant groups managed to capture five strategic regions in clashes with the ISIL terrorists in the city of Azaz in Northern Syria. The militant groups took Al-Hossein, al-Fariziya, Sheikh Rieh, Yahmoul and Jarez in Eastern Azaz …
  • Syrian Army Repels ISIL's Attacks on Deir Ezzur 16 May 2016 10:06 Fars News Agency TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army has managed to push back ISIL's repeated terrorist attacks on the city of Deir Ezzur in recent days, military reports said. The ISIL conducted over 50 terrorist attacks on Deir Ezzur city and the Syrian army has repulsed …
  • Now, al-Qaida to challenge ISIS in Syria  16 May 2016 10:06 The Times of India WASHINGTON: Al-Qaida's top leadership in Pakistan , badly weakened after a decade of CIA drone strikes, has decided that the terror group's future lies in Syria and has secretly dispatched more than a dozen of its most seasoned veterans there, …
  • Turkey detains IS 'executioner' in police raids 16 May 2016 10:01 The New Indian Express ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities on Monday detained seven suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, including figures described as a senior leader and an "executioner", the state-run Anatolia news agency said. The seven suspects …
  • Closing Dadaab is in Violation of Kenya’s Supreme Law - 16 May 2016 10:01 Standard Digital News By Lawrence W. Mwagwabi Updated Mon, May 16th 2016 at 12:40 GMT +3 Dadaab Refugee Camp As a consequence of the April 2, 2015, deadly attacks at Kenya’s Garissa University carried out by members of the Somalia-based terrorist organization known as …
  • LIBYA: Paranoia Blocks The Path To Peace 16 May 2016 09:59 Strategy Page May 16, 2016: The UN sponsored unity government known as the GNA (Government of National Accord) has been in Tripoli since early April and controls all the government ministries located there. GNA has a lot of popular support it but not all the factions …
  • Zarif Due in Vienna 16 May 2016 09:51 IranFrontPage Foreign Minster Mohammad-Javad Zarif is to depart for Vienna, Austria, on Monday 16 to attend a two-day meeting on developments in Syria and Libya. Zarif is accompanied by a number of the managers and deputies of the Foreign Ministry. While in Vienna, the …
  • Now, al-Qaida to challenge ISIS in Syria Al-Qaida's top leadership in Pakistan, badly weakened after a decade of CIA drone strikes, has decided that the terror group's future lies in Syria and has secretly dispatched more than a dozen of its most… 16 May 2016 09:49 The Times of India WASHINGTON: Al-Qaida's top leadership in Pakistan , badly weakened after a decade of CIA drone strikes, has decided that the terror group's future lies in Syria and has secretly dispatched more than a dozen of its most seasoned veterans there, …
  • Turkey detains Daesh ‘executioner’ in raids 16 May 2016 09:43 Gulf News Daesh has carried out execution-style killings in Syria of locals and foreign hostages Istanbul: Turkish authorities on Monday detained seven suspected members of Daesh terrorist group, including figures described as a senior leader and an “executioner”, …
  • Putting politics before truth on Benghazi 16 May 2016 09:41 Capitol Hill Blue U.S. Army, Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman. (U.S. Army via AP) The House Benghazi committee’s Republican chairman is ignoring statements by his own former lawyer indicating that the U.S. military acted properly on the night of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in …
  • 4 people wounded in Istanbul blast overnight 16 May 2016 09:41 www.panarmenian.net/news May 16, 2016 - 13:27 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkey's state-run news agency says four people were wounded overnight when a homemade device exploded in Istanbul, the Associated Press reports. Citing security sources, Anadolu Agency said Monday, May 16 …
  • For president, two full terms of fighting wars 16 May 2016 09:35 Las Vegas Sun By Mark Landler, New York Times News Service Monday, May 16, 2016 | 2 a.m. President Barack Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush. On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White …
  • Kerry, Saudi king discuss Syria 16 May 2016 09:34 NWAOnline JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen, ahead of international meetings this week in Europe on those crises. Kerry, who also held …
  • NBC report details ISIS connections in Columbus 16 May 2016 09:34 nbc4i.com COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An NBC News Report detailing 15 Americans with connections to ISIS named two teens who grew up in Columbus, and a man who married one of the teens. According to documents obtained by NBC News Zakia Nasrin, now 24, grew up in Columbus, …
  • ISIS attacks Iraqi gas plant, other sites; 29 die 16 May 2016 09:34 NWAOnline BAGHDAD -- The Islamic State militant group launched a coordinated assault on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 14 people, while a string of other bomb attacks in or close to the capital killed 15 others, Iraqi officials said. The …
  • Car bomb spectaculars, mistresses and 13 mobile phones - who was the Hizbollah boss killed in Syria? 16 May 2016 09:33 Telegraph.co.uk   Whoever killed him - and his enemies now would include Gulf states and rebel groups in Syria as well as Israel - brought to an end the career of a man once seen as a ghostly presence in Hizbollah's command, who was reported to have no passport, …
  • US, Italy Address Libya’s Internal, External Challenges 16 May 2016 09:32 Voice of America VIENNA— Libya's new government and its security challenges are the focus for diplomats Monday as they gather in Vienna to discuss the situation in the country which has been grappling to overcome the chaos that followed the 2011 ouster and killing of …
  • FT: Bundestag's possible Genocide recognition set to enrage Erdogan 16 May 2016 09:26 www.panarmenian.net/news May 16, 2016 - 12:42 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net - Germany’s parliament is pressing ahead with a motion condemning the Armenian massacres by the Ottoman Turks during the WWI as genocide, in a move that will probably infuriate Turkish President Recep Tayyip …
  • Threat of Dadaab Refugees Repatriation Back To Somalia is in Violation of Kenya’s Supreme Law 16 May 2016 09:25 Standard Digital News By Lawrence W. Mwagwabi Updated Mon, May 16th 2016 at 12:09 GMT +3 Dadaab Refugee Camp As a consequence of the April 2, 2015, deadly attacks at Kenya’s Garissa University carried out by members of the Somalia-based terrorist organization known as …
  • Canon opens major showroom in Tunisia 16 May 2016 09:22 Trade Arabia Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), a division of Canon Middle East, a global leader in photo imaging, has opened its largest B2B and B2C showroom in the region in Tunisia. The showroom, located in 22 Avenue Alain Savary Cité Jardins, Tunis, has been …
  • Algerian military destroys 25 homemade cannons, bombs 16 May 2016 09:21 Albawaba Algerian soldiers stand in front of a row of tanks. (AFP/File) Twenty-five homemade cannons and two bombs have been destroyed Friday by a detachment of the National Popular Army. A search operation in the zone of Ghabet Ettefah in Skikda revealed the …
  • Russian Diplomat Urges Regional Cooperation in Backing Stability in Lebanon 16 May 2016 09:20 RIA Novosti Politics 11:40 16.05.2016(updated 12:09 16.05.2016) Get short URL NEW YORK (Sputnik) – The UN Security Council is scheduled to consider UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s biennial report on the territorial integrity of Lebanon, long-anticipated presidential elections …
  • Russia Welcomes Ties Between Arab, Western States on Equal Footing 16 May 2016 09:20 RIA Novosti Politics 11:50 16.05.2016(updated 12:19 16.05.2016) Get short URL NEW YORK (Sputnik) – Russia sees relations between Arab and Western countries based on the principle of equality create a "healthy environment," but unilateral intervention …
  • Caught on camera: car crashes into Howe Springs Fire Dept. building 16 May 2016 09:19 WIS South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>> Updated: Saturday, May 14 2016 10:11 PM EDT2016-05-15 02:11:11 GMT Championship Saturday on the pitch went perfectly for Midlands high school teams.  Five program's won titles.  Three were first-time …
  • 27 Daesh terrorists killed in northern Syria 16 May 2016 09:17 Journal of Turkish Weekly A total of 27 Daesh terrorists were killed north of Syria's Aleppo province by Turkish shelling and US-led coalition airstrikes on Sunday, said military sources.  According to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized …
  • Turkish NGOs say Istanbul summit must deliver 16 May 2016 09:17 Journal of Turkish Weekly As the first-ever international humanitarian summit is only a week away, Turkey's leading aid organizations are focusing on the need to "localize aid" with "stronger local actors". As Istanbul gets ready to host the World …
  • Four injured in Istanbul explosion 16 May 2016 09:14 inCyprus Turkey’s state-run news agency says four people were wounded overnight when a homemade device exploded in Istanbul. Citing security sources, Anadolu Agency said Monday the explosion was under an overpass in the Maltepe district on the Asian side of the …
  • summit called by Italy in Vienna to tackle stability 16 May 2016 09:13 ANSAmed (by Claudio Accogli) (ANSAmed) - ROME, MAY 16 - All's set in Vienna for the summit on Libya backed by Italy and the United States with the aim of launching 'Phase 2' of the stabilisation of the North African country. The countries of the …
  • 27 Daesh militants killed in Syria 16 May 2016 09:12 Gulf News The reports did not say when the military action, which NTV said consisted of air strikes and shelling, occurred Istanbul: Turkish and US-led coalition forces struck Daesh targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing 27 militants, broadcaster CNN …
  • Libyan oil blockade takes first step toward easing 16 May 2016 09:11 MarketWatch Libya’s divided oil officials have agreed to allow petroleum to flow again between the country’s east and west but have yet to end a crisis that is blocking exports, Libyan officials said Sunday. The factions that control Libya’s east will allow crude oil …
  • Syrian war spills into classrooms, splitting curriculum over ideology 16 May 2016 09:08 UPI GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- Syria's war is waged largely with bullets and bombs. But there are more subtle battles going on, too -- in in the classrooms. Across the country, the groups that have wrested territory from the government have imposed, or have …
  • Kerry seeks Saudi support for talks on Syria crisis 16 May 2016 09:02 The Dawn JEDDAH: US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to secure its support ahead of a potential showdown with Russia at talks on the Syrian conflict. After his Saudi meetings, Kerry was due in Vienna which this week will host the …
  • Sykes-Picot: The map that spawned a century of resentment 16 May 2016 09:00 BBC Image copyright National Archives Image caption The 1916 map, with the signatures of Mark Sykes and Francois Georges-Picot Reaching its centenary amidst a general chorus of vilification around the region, the legacy of the secret Sykes-Picot agreement of …
  • Line in the sand 16 May 2016 08:57 BBC Image copyright National Archives Image caption The 1916 map, with the signatures of Mark Sykes and Francois Georges-Picot Reaching its centenary amidst a general chorus of vilification around the region, the legacy of the secret Sykes-Picot agreement of …
  • Belgian Al-Nusra Front Member Killed in Syria 16 May 2016 08:52 Fars News Agency TEHRAN (FNA)- One of the senior al-Nusra Front figures born in Belgium was killed in Syrian government airstrikes, media reported. Reports confirmed that up to 16 militants were killed and more than 20 injured during a Syrian Army's airstrike in the …
  • ISIL Destroys Ancient Assyrian Gate in Iraq's Mosul 16 May 2016 08:52 Fars News Agency TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL terrorist group demolished the Assyrian Mashki Gate in Iraq's Northern province of Nineveh, in another example of the destruction of priceless antiquities in areas under the group's control. The Gate of Mashki was built during …
  • Syria: Gov't Forces Capture Main Road South of Aleppo 16 May 2016 08:52 Fars News Agency TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops and its popular allies stormed the terrorist groups' centers along a main road connecting two small but key towns in the Southern part of Aleppo province and inched closer to the Aleppo-Damascus highway, military …
  • Moscow Expects Int'l Support of Russian-US Settlement in Syria 16 May 2016 08:49 Sputnik International Politics 11:25 16.05.2016(updated 11:48 16.05.2016) Get short URL NEW YORK (Sputnik) – Russia and the United States co-chair the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) whose efforts led UN humanitarian deliveries and UN-mediated peace talks this year. …
  • 27 ISIL militants killed in Turkish, coalition operations in northern Syria 16 May 2016 08:49 Hurriyet Daily News Turkish artillery unites shelled and fired multiple rocket launchers at ISIL positions north of Aleppo spotted by reconnaissance and surveillance vehicles. Meanwhile, coalition warplanes conducted three separate air operations.  In total, 27 militants …
  • Investing in Terror: Al-Qaeda Decides to Create a Permanent Base in Syria 16 May 2016 08:47 Sputnik International Middle East 10:53 16.05.2016(updated 11:21 16.05.2016) Get short URL MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The New York Times reported Sunday, citing US and European intelligence and counterterrorism officials that al-Qaeda reconsidered the importance of Syria for the group …
  • Erdogan is a ‘Ruthless Tyrant Digging his Own Grave’ 16 May 2016 08:47 Sputnik International Middle East 10:55 16.05.2016(updated 11:18 16.05.2016) Get short URL More and more western media sources now admit that Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s behavior “rings more and more alarm bells.” In its recent analysis of the latest political developments in  …
  • 'EU in secret refugee deal with Sudan' 16 May 2016 08:33 Press TV The European Union has reportedly brokered a controversial deal with Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir in an effort to stop refugees entering the continent from Africa. The ambassadors of the 28-member-state bloc held a meeting on March 23, during which …
  • Trump: Refugees Will Plan Next 9/11 16 May 2016 08:32 The Huffington Post Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: Rubio not being considered for VP Clinton rails against Trump's 'reckless, risky talk' Trump, Biden attend UPenn graduation MORE said it would take another 9/11 to wake up …
  • Turkish parties and associations hold Erdogan’s regime responsible for al-Zara massacre 16 May 2016 08:31 SANA Ankara, SANA – Hundreds of Turkish people took to streets of Antakya and Samandag cities to denounce al-Zara massacre perpetrated by the Turkish regime-backed terrorists. Participants in the two demonstrations, which came in response to a call from a …
  • Jihadis threaten to oust Christians in Syria 16 May 2016 08:31 The Daily Siftings Herald Jihadis threaten to oust Christians in Syria Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR Posted May. 16, 2016 at 6:43 AM By CNNnews Posted May. 16, 2016 at 6:43 AM Jihadis threaten to oust Christians in Syria Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, …
  • Rights groups slam decision to close refugee camps 16 May 2016 08:31 The Daily Siftings Herald Rights groups slam decision to close refugee camps Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR Posted May. 16, 2016 at 6:59 AM By CNNnews Posted May. 16, 2016 at 6:59 AM Rights groups slam decision to close refugee camps Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - …
  • Four wounded in Istanbul blast 16 May 2016 08:12 Irish Independent Anadolu Agency said on Monday the explosion was under an overpass in the Maltepe district on the Asian side of the city. The agency said two passengers in a car and two pedestrians waiting for a taxi were wounded by flying pieces of metal and taken to …
  • Jordan- FM to participate in international meetings on Libya, Syria 16 May 2016 08:09 MENAFN (MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman, May 15 (Petra) -- Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Nasser Judeh will take part on Monday in an international meeting in Vienna to support security and stability in Libya in the presence of more than 20 …
  • IS attacks kill 29 across Iraq 16 May 2016 08:09 MENAFN (MENAFN - Arab Times) The Islamic State group launched a coordinated assault on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 14 people, while a string of other bomb attacks in or close to the capital killed 15 others, Iraqi officials said. …
  • Timmermans in Tallinn: EU asylum policy must include relocation 16 May 2016 08:08 The Baltic Course Review of the EU migration policy must entail solidarity when it comes to the relocation of refugees if some member state feels overwhelmed, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said in a panel on migration at Lennart Meri Conference 2016 …
  • eNCA | Major powers to converge over IS threat in Libya 16 May 2016 08:08 eNCA VIENNA -- Major powers were gathering in the Austrian capital on Monday to discuss the expanding presence of the Islamic State jihadist group in Libya, just across the Mediterranean from Europe. A government of national unity strongly backed by the …
  • Armenian president off to Vienna for talks with Azeri counterpart over ... 16 May 2016 08:06 ARKA YEREVAN, May 16. /ARKA. Armenia's president Serzh Sargsyan is flying today to Vienna, Austria, for a meeting with Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev to discuss a fragile cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh. It will be the first meeting of Serzh …
  • Australia to try 5 for 'trying to sail to join Daesh' 16 May 2016 08:06 Journal of Turkish Weekly A court in far north Australia ordered Monday that five men charged for alleged plans to leave the country by boat to eventually join Daesh in Syria be extradited to Melbourne to face trial. The men, who are all from Melbourne and aged between 21 and 31, …
  • IS caliphate shrinking, extremists losing control over territory: U.S. 16 May 2016 08:03 www.panarmenian.net/news May 16, 2016 - 11:06 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net - The Obama administration's diplomatic point man in the fight against the Islamic State group said Sunday, May 15 that the extremists have been losing control over territory and that "this perverse …
  • German politicians blast Merkel for making Europe dependent on Turkey 16 May 2016 08:03 www.panarmenian.net/news May 16, 2016 - 11:33 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net - German politicians accused Chancellor Angela Merkel at the weekend of making Europe overly dependent on Turkey in the migrant crisis, leaving the bloc vulnerable to blackmail by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, …

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