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Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

LONDON - Britain raised its international terrorism threat level to the second highest level of "severe" on Friday in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq, Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said.

Rich nations must accept more Syrian refugees - campaigners

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rich nations should offer a safe haven to more Syrians fleeing conflict, campaigners said on Friday, as the number of Syrian refugees topped three million.

World, Syria 7:36pm IST

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif distances himself from army as crisis drags on

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he was not turning to the military for help to defuse the stand-off.

Top News, World, South Asia 7:20pm IST

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced - UN

GENEVA - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said.

World, Syria 7:04pm IST

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced - UN

GENEVA - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations said.

World, Syria 12:36pm IST

Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.

Top News, World, Syria 6:04am IST

Israel police find body of missing U.S. student

JERUSALEM - Israeli police said on Thursday they had found the body of a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week near a forest in Jerusalem and that they did not suspect a criminal motive.

World, Israel 4:04am IST

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

WASHINGTON - The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday.

Top News, World, Syria, Iraq 3:39am IST

Foley, other hostages held by Islamic State were waterboarded - report

WASHINGTON - At least four hostages held in Syria by Islamic State militants, including U.S. journalist James Foley, were waterboarded during their captivity, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the treatment of Western hostages.

World, Syria 3:37am IST

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

ANKARA - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life.

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