U.N. pushes Turkey to let Syrians into country
KILIS, Turkey — Turkey must open its doors to the tens of thousands of Syrians who have massed at the border after fleeing from violence, the U.N. demanded Tuesday, as an aide group said tents on the Syrian side are overcrowded and food is in short supply.
Turkey, already home to 2.5 million Syrian refugees, insists that it has an open-door policy toward Syrians escaping conflict but has still kept the key Bab al-Salameh border crossing closed for days. Government officials say Turkey will provide assistance to the displaced Syrians within their own borders "as much as possible" and would allow them in "when necessary."
UNHCR spokesman William Spindler asked Turkey on Tuesday to open the border to "all civilians who are fleeing danger and seeking international protection as they have done since the start of this crisis."
The U.N. also warned Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of others in Aleppo could soon be cut off from humanitarian aid amid blistering Syrian and Russian airstrikes.— AP
Outside report says Mexican students not burned at dump
MEXICO CITY — A group of Argentine forensic experts said it had determined that there's no biological or physical evidence to conclude that 43 students who disappeared in southern Mexico in 2014 were incinerated at a trash dump as government investigators initially claimed.
The report released Tuesday signaled that while the remains of at least 19 people were found near the dump in Cocula, there's no evidence that they belong to the missing students.
It is the second independent report to reject the Mexican government's main finding about what happened to the students, who were taken by police in the nearby city of Iguala on Sept. 26, 2014, and allegedly handed over to local members of a drug gang for slaughter. They remain missing.— AP
Iraq says it has fully recaptured Ramadi
BAGHDAD — Iraqi government forces have regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State fighters out of the city's outskirts, according to Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition.
The announcement, more than a month after Ramadi was first declared liberated in December, underscores the slow nature of Iraqi ground operations despite heavy backing from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.— AP
Crash of two trains kills at least 10 in Germany
BAD AIBLING, Germany — Crews using helicopters and boats rescued dozens of people from the wreckage of two German commuter trains that crashed head-on Tuesday in an isolated part of Bavaria, killing at least 10 and leaving authorities trying to determine why multiple safety measures failed.
Though the first rescue crews were on the scene in minutes, it took hours for all survivors to be airlifted and shuttled by boat across a river to waiting ambulances.
Nine people were reported dead immediately; a 10th died in a hospital, a police spokesman said. The two train engineers were thought to be among the dead. One person was still missing in the wreckage.— AP