By Ishaan Tharoor
The world has been transfixed in recent weeks by the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe, an influx of migrants unprecedented since World War II. Their plight was chillingly highlighted on Wednesday in the image of a drowned Syrian toddler, his lifeless body lying alone on a Turkish beach.
ANKARA (AP) -- Turkey's parliament has voted to renew by another year a mandate allowing the military to conduct operations in Syria and Iraq. In a show of hands, legislators voted on Thursday in favor of the motion to extend the permit.
By Amira Fathalla
(BBC) -- As the crisis brews over Syrian refugees trying to enter European countries, questions have been raised over why they are not heading to wealthy Gulf states closer to home.
Four suspected traffickers have been arrested in connection with the deaths of 12 Syrian migrants, including three-year-old Aylan Kurdi. Turkish PM Erdogan has lashed out at Europe over the refugee crisis.
By Stoyan Zaimov
A senior Catholic leader in Syria is asking young Christians to stay in the war-torn country despite the ongoing violence and persecution they face, noting that parishes are being emptied and Christianity is disappearing from the region.
The fighting, mostly against ISIL, left 1,325 Iraqis (security forces and civilians) dead in August, which is almost identical to the 1,332 Iraqis killed in July. That was down slightly from June (1,466) but still higher than 1,100 dead in May.
By Fady Noun
Beirut -- Like in a flashback that almost never ends, Syrian Catholic Bishop Flavianus Michael Malke was beatified last Saturday during a religious ceremony at the Patriarchal Convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Harissa, Lebanon.
By Stephanie Nebehay
(Reuters) -- Syria's water network, heavily damaged by bombs and shelling, is at risk of collapse as its civil war drags on, increasing the threat of deadly typhoid or cholera outbreaks, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.
By Jean Ko Din
MARKHAM, ONTARIO -- Christians in the Middle East should not be considered as collateral damage of the wars in Syria and Iraq, says Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II during his first apostolic visit to Canada.