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Syria conflict: Saudis say Iran must accept Assad exit

Iran's support has been crucial to the survival of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, pictured here (right) meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in August /AP

Saudi Arabia has said Iran must accept the removal of President Bashar al-Assad as part of any solution to the conflict in Syria. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the remarks as talks among international foreign ministers on the crisis get underway in Vienna. Iran is for the first time …

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22 Ancient Shipwrecks Discovered Near Greek Island

The remains of 22 shipwrecks, which comprised piles of cargo from the doomed vessels, have been discovered around the Greek archipelago of Fourni. Credit: V. Mentogianis

Shipwrecks were the stuff of lore around the craggy coasts of Fourni, a Greek archipelago close to Turkey in the eastern Aegean Sea. Generations of local fishermen and sponge divers had seen piles of ancient pottery collecting algae on the seafloor. Last month, a group of marine archaeologists finally investigated …

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Marble Medusa Head Unearthed in Ancient Roman Ruins

A statue of Medusa's head was discovered at Antiochia ad Cragum in Turkey, dating to the first century. Credit: Michael Hoff, Hixson-Lied professor of art history, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In the ruins of a Roman city in southern Turkey, archaeologists have discovered a marble head of Medusa, somehow spared during an early Christian campaign against pagan art. The head was unearthed at Antiochia ad Cragum, a city founded during the first century, around the rule of Emperor Nero, that …

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Migrant crisis: Croatia opens Serbia border

Croatia has opened its border with Serbia, removing one of the bottlenecks for thousands of stranded migrants trying to make their way north. About 3,000 people had been stuck in cold and wet weather in the Serbian border village of Berkasovo, after Croatia moved to curb new arrivals. The UN …

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Migrant crisis: Tensions rise as Balkan path blocked

These migrants at the Croatian border waited to cross into Sredisce ob Dravi in Slovenia early on Monday /AP

Tensions are building among thousands of migrants heading north through Balkan states as their route to Western Europe is stalled by new controls. Croatia had asked its northern neighbour Slovenia to accept 5,000 migrants daily, but Slovenia said it would only take half that number. The move has led to …

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Turkey shoots down unidentified drone near Syrian border

Turkish air force jets. Photograph: Burhan Ozbilici/AP

Drone of unknown nationality reportedly brought down almost two miles inside Turkish air space, with military saying it issued three warnings before firing Turkish warplanes shot down an unidentified drone inside Turkish air space near the Syrian border on Friday, a senior government official said. The military said earlier in …

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Migrant crisis: EU leaders meet with focus on Turkey

Most migrants entering Europe do so via Turkey, officials say /EPA

European leaders are to discuss measures to ease the region’s migration crisis, with Turkey the focus of their efforts in Brussels. Nearly 600,000 migrants have reached the EU by sea so far this year, most via Turkey, says the International Organization for Migration. Turkey is thought to be hosting some …

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