Egypt has seen a ten-fold increase in illegal boat crossings as migrants avoid Libya and other transit points to Europe. Cyprus said Thursday it had received a distress signal from a fishing boat carrying hundreds of Syrians off its coast.
Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both targets of US-led airstrikes in Syria, are holding more than 21 Lebanese police and soldiers. Three have already been killed, and the government is under fire from captives' relatives.
The US-led airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria could invite retaliation and even play into IS hands, warn analysts. Moreover, the opening salvo did not mask the need for boots on the ground.
Killing the men is unlikely to restore the quiet that prevailed before the kidnapping of three Israeli teens, given the escalation of violence and declining faith among Palestinians in a peaceful path to end the conflict.
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At least 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees have entered Turkey since Thursday after Islamic State militants surrounded a Kurdish stronghold in northern Syria. Some are calling for US airstrikes to stop the group's advance.
Iraqi Sunnis, who first welcomed the jihadist challenge to an unpopular Shiite-led government in Baghdad, are now increasingly repulsed by sectarian brutality. President Obama has pledged to support a proposed national guard.
Selling a vision of greatness restored, cash-strapped Egypt has raised $8.4 billion from the sale of investment certificates to its citizens. But experts caution that the retooling of the Suez Canal may not pay off so quickly.