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Bob Geldof vows to take four refugee families

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Bob Geldof has said he will immediately take in four families as he expressed his disgust at the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe.

The aid campaigner and Boomtown Rats front man pledged to open the doors of his family home in Kent and his flat in London, in a personal response to the distressing scenes taking place on borders and beaches across Europe.

Mr Geldof said:

I'm prepared - I'm lucky, I've a place in Kent and a flat in London - me and (partner) Jeanne would be prepared to take three families in our place in Kent and a family in our flat in London, immediately, and put them up until such time as they can get going and get a purchase on their future."

– Bob Geldof

Geldof told Ireland's RTE Radio: "I can't stand what is happening. I cannot stand what it does to us."


Drowned Syrian boys laid to rest in hometown of Kobane

The boys' father Abdullah scatters earth over their graves in Syria. Credit: APTN

The funeral for two Syrian boys who drowned as they tried to flee the war-torn country has taken place in their home city of Kobane.

Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi and his brother Galip, five, perished alongside their mother Rehma, 35, as their migrant boat capsized off the coast of Turkey.

Only their father Abdullah survived the ill-fated journey but he returned to Syria to bury his family and now plans to stay.

The final resting place of the family in Kobane. Credit: APTN

PM: UK will take 'thousands more' Syrian refugees

The Prime Minister has announced that the UK will provide resettlement for thousands more Syrian refugees from camps bordering the war-torn country.

Downing Street have yet to reveal any exact numbers, but will keep its policy under review.

ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

David Cameron also said that the UK will continue to work with partners to tackle the conflict in Syria, will target people smuggling gangs and will continue with search and rescue operations at sea.

Ireland pledges to treble refugee intake to 1,800

Migrants protest outside the Keleti railway station in Budapest. Credit: Reuters

Ireland is to take in at least 1,800 amid a growing outcry over the tens of thousands of people fleeing to the EU from conflict and persecution, with the country's Justice Minister saying they want "to respond in as humanitarian a way as possible".

The country's response effectively trebled original plans announced in July to accept 600 refugees, mainly from Syria and Eritrea, over the next two years.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald revealed the increase two days after images emerged of three-year-old Syria Aylan Kurdi's body being washed up on a Turkish beach, accepting government ministers failed to keep up with the public outcry:

What we have seen is heartbreaking and tragic and I think it demands the most comprehensive response.

I think it will be in the thousands. It's very hard to put a precise figure on it.

We want to respond in as humanitarian a way as possible.

– Frances Fitzgerald, Irish Justice Minister

Ms Fitzgerald said Ireland and Europe's response should not only be about opening borders to refugees and migrants but also ongoing aid programmes, and the naval search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean which has been extended into the autumn.

She said work was also needed in the countries of origin and more efforts were needed to interrupt people traffickers.


'Calm' scenes on second day of Hungarian train stand-off

A crowd has gathered outside the Hungarian train at the heart of a stand-off between police and refugees who have refused to be sent to a nearby camp.

ITV News journalists at the train say that the mood there is relatively peaceful, but a large number of police officers are still guarding the train.

The line of people, mostly from Syria and Iraq, hold signs and chant "we want to go to Germany", "freedom" and "thank you journalists"

Graffiti daubed on the train overnight reads: "no camp/ no Hungary/ freedom train".

ITV News' Georgina Brewer reports that more women and children are joining those demonstrating outside the train.

Islamic State militants destroy Palmyra tower tombs

A view shows tower tombs in the Valley of Tombs, west of the historical city of Palmyra. Credit: Reuters

So-called Islamic State militants have blown up three ancient tower tombs in the historic city of Palmyra, a Syrian antiquities official has said.

Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters that sources in Palmyra had confirmed the destruction of three tombs including that of Elahbel, built in 103 AD, which he said was four storeys high and had an underground floor.

Militants from the group are systematically destroying ancient monuments and artefacts at the Unesco World Heritage site. The temples of Bel and Baal Shamin have both recently been felled by Islamic State explosives.

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