Slovenia has deployed its army to manage asylum seekers attempting to cross its border from Croatia.
The Slovenian government parliament is set to approve a motion for soldiers to assist police in controlling the crisis under very specific circumstances. About 19,500 migrants have entered the country since Friday, with 5,092 crossing the border on Tuesday. Prime Minister Miro Cerar said the country will need assistance from the European Union (EU) in dealing with the issue. “It is wrong to foster the illusion that it is possible for a small nation of two million people to stop, solve and rectify a situation where even much bigger EU member states have failed,” he said.
Russia and US sign deal on air safety in Syria
The United States and Russia have signed a memorandum of understanding to avoid air clashes between the countries as they conduct separate bombings over Syria. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said details about the deal weren’t to be published at the request of Russian officials. Russian deputy defence minister Anatoly Antonov confirmed an agreement was signed by US and Russian officials. “The memorandum contains a number of rules and restrictions aimed at preventing incidents between American and Russian planes,” he said. The US State Department said the agreement is simply about keeping pilots safe. “It’s not a treaty of cooperation or anything like that,” he said.
Australian man leaves India following tattoo row
An Australian man who was harassed by locals while dining at a restaurant with his girlfriend in the Indian city of Bangalore has now left the city. Matthew Gordon was threatened by a mob of protesters, who appeared to be political activists, over his tattoo of a Hindu goddess. “One of them came to me and confronted me about my tattoo. Soon they surrounded us and threatened to skin my leg and remove the tattoo,” he said. Mr Gordon said police forced him to write a letter of apology before being allowed to leave the station. Bangalore Commissioner of Police NS Megharikh said they had never insisted on an apology letter and “only brought them to the police station to resolve the issue”.
Violence erupts in West Bank and Gaza
At least five Palestinians have been killed at the hands of Israeli soldiers in the city of Hebron in the West Bank. Two Palestinians were shot dead after they allegedly attacked an Israeli soldier, who was reportedly injured. In a separate incident, an Israeli settler died after being run over by a Palestinian man near Hebron. Additionally, Hamas spokesman Ghazi al-Hamad said Israeli security forces had arrested high-ranking member Hassan Yusef as “part of Israel’s oppression of Palestinians”. The recent violence has brought the death toll in the region to 50 Palestinians and nine Israelis.
China’s president arrives in Britain
Chinese president Xi Jinping was treated to a sumptuous banquet at Buckingham Palace to begin his four-day visit to the United Kingdom (UK). Mr Xi hopes his visit will strengthen relations between the two countries, with his focus to increase trade and economic ties. “Although my visit has just started, I am already deeply impressed by the vitality of China-UK relations and the profound friendship between our peoples,” he said. This is the first visit by a Chinese leader to the UK since 2005, with British Prime Minister David Cameron looking forward to the beginning of a golden era for the two countries. – Compiled from web sources by Josh Chahal
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