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Refugees 'refused entry to Macedonia due to nationality'

An estimated 1,000 refugees and migrants are stuck on the Greek border with Macedonia after some were refused entry because of their nationality, the United Nations said.

"A new humanitarian situation is developing in Europe that needs urgent attention," Adrian Edwards of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told a news briefing.

Refugees and migrants wait to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia. Credit: Reuters


Cameron: Putin should realise Assad needs removing

David Cameron is in the United States and has appeared on CBS television saying that President Putin needs to realise that there will not be stability in Syria unless Bashar al-Assad is removed from power.

The prime minister said the only way to have a Syria free of Islamic State is to have a country free of President Assad.

Russia does not rule out joining air strikes against IS

Putin said he had not ruled out air strikes but would not send in Russian ground troops to Syria. Credit: Reuters

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin discussed the possibility of Russian involvement in the military campaign against the so-called Islamic State (IS) during their meeting on Monday.

Both sides agreed to direct their militaries to hold talks to avoid conflict over potential operations in Syria, according to a US official.

The Agence France-Presse news agency quoted Putin as saying that Russia had not ruled out taking part in air strikes with the US-led coalition against IS, but would not be sending in ground troops.

We are thinking about it. We don't rule anything out. But if we are to act it will only be fully respecting international legal norms.

– President Vladimir Putin

President Obama emphasised that the United States would work with Russia and Iran to find a solution to the bloodshed in Syria, although he differed with President Putin over working with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Qatar: Assad is root cause of Syria crisis

Qatar's foreign minister has said he believes the first priority in Syria should be to fight President Bashar al-Assad.

Referring to the disagreement between Russia and the US over the fate of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Khaled al-Attiyah said: "Nobody can reject Mr [Vladimir] Putin's call for an alliance against terrorism, but ... we need to treat the cause.

"We believe strongly that the Syrian regime, namely Bashar al-Assad, is the real cause."

Differences remain between Obama and Putin on Syria

The two leaders met on the sideline of the UN sumit Credit: PA

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have agreed to explore a political solution to Syria's conflict, but continue to disagree on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a US official.

During the two leaders' 90-minute meeting on the sidelines of the UN summit, Mr Obama told Mr Putin that he saw no path to stability in Syria if Assad remains in power, according to the official.

The two leaders spent about half their meeting discussing Syria, and half discussing Ukraine, Mr Obama said.

Mr Putin said the meeting was "very useful and frank".


Obama and Putin clash over Syria at UN meeting

There were frosty relations between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin as they met at a UN Summit to discuss Syria.

Obama raised a glass with Putin but looked stern as he did so. Credit: Reuters

The US President said he thought Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was a "tyrant" who was behind the four-year civil war in which at least 200,000 people have died.

While Russian premier Putin told the gathering of world leaders there was no alternative to cooperating with Assad's military to defeat the so-called Islamic State.

The disagreement has raised questions about how Obama and Putin might find common ground. Credit: Reuters

The pair shook hands and clinked glasses at a lunch hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Obama: 30,000 troops pledged to future UN peacekeeping

Fifty countries have pledged over 30,000 new troops and police for possible deployment on United Nations peacekeeping missions, US president Barack Obama has said.

More than 50 countries, from Bangladesh to Colombia, from Finland to China, are making commitments totaling more than 30,000 new troops and police.

– Barack Obama

Mr Obama was speaking at a summit of world leaders organised by the US to boost global support for UN peacekeeping missions.

The Syrian crisis has dominated the agenda throughout the meetings in New York.

US prepared to work with Russia to end Syria crisis

Barack Obama has said he is prepared to work with Russia and Iran and any other world leaders to bring an end to the Syria crisis.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, the US President said there can be no return to the status quo in Syria under "tyrant" President Bashar al-Assad.

However Russian president Vladamir Putin later told the Assembly it was an "enormous mistake" to refuse to work with Assad's government and its armed forces.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

Putin: Mistake not to work with Syrian government

Russian president Vladamir Putin addresses UN General Assembly

Russian president Vladamir Putin has said it is an "enormous mistake" to refuse to work with the Syrian government.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Putin said: "We think it is an enormous mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian government and its armed forces who are valiantly fighting terrorism face to face.

"We should finally acknowledge that no one but President Assad's armed forces and (Kurdish) militia are truly fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in Syria."

He called for the creation of a broader international anti-terrorist coalition including Muslim states as key members.

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