Two car bombs have blown up on Turkey's border with Syria, killing at least 40 people. Some Turkish officials suspect the blasts could have been planned by the Syrian regime since the town is home to many Syrian refugees who have fled the civil war.
The murder of a 14-year-old girl, allegedly by a rejected asylum-seeker, raises explosive questions about Germany's refugee system. The crime reveals serious shortcomings in how those seeking asylum are dealt with.
Lebanon's foreign minister has accused UNHCR workers of "spreading fear" and hindering the return of Syrian refugees. Lebanon says their presence has strained public services.
Russia has admitted four of its soldiers were killed in the clash with what it called "terrorists." Jihadists had targeted Syrian and allied Russian fighters near the town of Mayadeen in eastern Syrian.
Intensified fighting has centered around Hodeida, a key port city the government says is a conduit for rebel arms. One aid worker likened war in Hodeida to war in Antwerp or Rotterdam, and said it must be avoided.
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