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Greek police fire teargas on migrants at border with Turkey

KASTANIES, Greece (Reuters) - Greek police fired teargas toward migrants who were gathered on its border with Turkey and demanding entry on Saturday, as a crisis over Syria abruptly moved onto the European Union’s doorstep. Migrants are seen during clashes with Greek police, at the Turkey's Pazarkule border crossing with Greece's Kastanies, in Edirne, Turkey, February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir. The Greek government reiterated its ... Full story

Three die in dry-ice incident at Moscow pool party

Image caption Dry ice was dumped into the pool, apparently to cool it down. Three people have died after dry ice was poured into a swimming pool at a party in Moscow on Friday. The victims were connected to Instagram influencer Yekaterina Didenko, who was celebrating her 29th birthday at the pool complex in the city's south. Dry ice had been dumped in the pool after guests exiting the sauna complained it was too warm. Ms Didenko's husband is ... Full story

Hungary to boost border protection after PM Orban, Erdogan discuss migration

FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks to the media before talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo. BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Hungary would strengthen the protection of the southern border after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan informed him in that Turkey could no longer hold back the flow of migrants. ... Full story

5 must-do travel experiences in March

Bright spring festivals and bold gardens start to blossom in March, bringing plenty of excuses to get outdoors. From celebrating Holi in East Africa to dancing an Irish jig in Argentina here’s what to experience and where to do it. PARTY FOR PURIM IN ISRAEL. March 6 | Tel Aviv , Israel | In Israel’s cosmopolitan seaside city, Tel Aviv Street Party Rave marks the Jewish holiday with live music, dancing in the streets, and food stalls offering up ... Full story

Pentagon chief lands in Afghanistan ahead of Taliban accord signing

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Idrees Ali. KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Saturday, in a move officials and experts said was aimed at reassuring the Afghan government about the United States’ commitment to the country ahead of an expected accord signing between Washington and the Taliban in Qatar. The historic agreement, which is set to be ... Full story

United States expresses concern over arrest of Hong Kong publisher

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has expressed concern after Chinese-ruled Hong Kong arrested publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing, and two pro-democracy activists. FILE PHOTO: Media mogul and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying (C) leaves from a police station after being arrested for illegal assembly during the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, China February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu. The ... Full story

China data portends more punishment for bruised stock markets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets should fall further on Monday after a record contraction in China’s manufacturing and service sectors because of the coronavirus outbreak, illustrating the massive potential economic impacts of the epidemic for the rest of the globe. FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, stands at the Shinagawa station in Tokyo, Japan, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Athit ... Full story

For grieving families, Afghan peace deal brings doubt as well as hope

KABUL (Reuters) - For mother-of-four Nasima, the prospect of lasting peace in Afghanistan is almost too good to be true. Nasima (2nd L), 45, shares how lost her husband in the bomb blast, as she sits with her children in their home in Kabul, Afghanistan February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Abdul Qadir Sediqi. The 45-year-old, whose husband Nasir Ahmad was killed in a massive truck bomb in Kabul blamed on Taliban insurgents, is one of thousands of ... Full story

Syria war: Turkey says thousands of migrants have crossed to EU

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Greek police fire tear gas at migrants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says 18,000 migrants have crossed Turkish borders into Europe after the country "opened the doors" for them to travel. The number is expected to hit 25,000 to 30,000 in the coming days, he said. Turkey could no longer deal with the amount of people fleeing Syria's civil war, he added. Greece says it has ... Full story

Home Office boss quits over 'campaign against him'

The top civil servant in the Home Office has resigned and said he intends to sue the government for constructive dismissal. Sir Philip Rutnam said there had been an orchestrated campaign against him. It comes after reports of tensions between him and Home Secretary Priti Patel, including allegations she mistreated officials - which she has denied. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said such a move was "highly unusual". Sir Philip said he ... Full story