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More Migrants Heading for EU as Crisis Deepens

At least 2,000 more migrants flooded overnight into Serbia in a desperate journey to try and go on to Hungary, the door into the European Union, a U.N. official said Monday.

At least 7,000 people -- mostly refugees from the brutal war in Syria -- have been registered so far in the last days in overwhelmed Serbia as Europe's worst refugee crisis in half a century rapidly worsens.

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France Honors 'Heroes' for Train Attack Courage

President Francois Hollande bestowed France's highest honor on a group of Americans and a Briton on Monday saying the whole world "admires their courage and cool composure" in overpowering a Moroccan gunman on a crowded train.

Anti-terror investigators were questioning the alleged attacker, 25-year-old Ayoub El Khazzani, who boarded the high-speed train in Brussels bound for Paris on Friday armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Luger automatic pistol, ammunition and a box-cutter.

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Islamic State Destroys Temple at Syria's Palmyra

Jihadists with the Islamic State group have blown up a famous temple at Syria's ruins of Palmyra, an official said, confirming fears they would destroy more world-class heritage sites.

The destruction of the Baal Shamin temple, considered ancient Palmyra's second-most significant temple, raised concerns for the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins.

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Syrian Observatory: Toll from Syria Regime Strikes near Damascus Now 34

The toll from heavy government bombardment of a rebel stronghold outside the Syrian capital rose on Sunday to 34 civilians including 12 children, a monitoring group said.

A separate rocket attack on Sunday in a regime-held neighborhood northeast of Damascus killed 11 people, state television said.

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20 Civilians Dead in Syria Regime Bombardment Near Damascus

Shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces killed at least 20 civilians and wounded or trapped 200 on Saturday in rebel-held Douma east of Damascus, a monitoring group said.

"At least 20 civilians were killed in the heavy shelling and air attacks since this morning on Douma," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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2,000 Refugees Stuck on Macedonia Border as more Arrive

Some 2,000 mostly-Syrian refugees spent a rainy night stranded in no-man's land between Greece and Macedonia as hundreds more began arriving Saturday on their way to western Europe.

The refugees and migrants, who have been there since Thursday, spent the night sleeping on the ground despite heavy rain and temperatures which fell sharply during the night.

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Clashes as Macedonia Becomes Latest Migrant Crisis Flashpoint

Macedonian riot police on Friday fired stun grenades to drive back thousands of mostly Syrian refugees stuck in no-man's land between Greece and Macedonia, the latest flashpoint in Europe's escalating migrant crisis.

At least eight people were hurt near the Greek border village of Edomeni as the police in riot gear beat the migrants back with truncheons and threw the stun grenades, devices that produce a blinding flash of light and a huge noise to disorient their targets.

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Turkey Seeks to Extend Mandate for Iraq, Syria Incursions

Turkey's government is seeking to extend for one more year a parliamentary mandate that allows the military to combat Islamist jihadists and Kurdish militants in neighboring Syria and Iraq, a foreign ministry official said on Friday.

The current mandate under which the Turkish armed forces launched airstrikes in Iraq and Syria expires on October 2, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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Man Held for Trying to Travel to Turkey to Join IS

The Lebanese General Security on Friday announced arresting a young man who tried to travel to Turkey to join the extremist Islamic State group, which has seized vast swathes of Syria and Iraq.

“As part of its efforts to monitor the activities of terrorist groups, especially militants who brainwash Lebanese youths into joining and fighting alongside such groups, the General Directorate of General Security arrested Lebanese national O. H.,” it said in a statement.

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Israel Pounds Syria Targets in Response to Rocket Fire

Israel said it carried out an air raid Friday that killed up to five Iran-backed militants it said were behind a rare rocket attack from across the border in Syria.

The strike came a day after Israel launched a dozen air raids on the Syrian-side of the occupied Golan Heights, raising concerns about a possible escalation.

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