QWorld: Humans Not Unique, Russia Ships Aid to Syria by Air & More

QWorld: The Quint’s compilation of international news headlines.

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South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa kisses a replica of the skull of a newly discovered ancient species, <i>Homo naledi</i>, who also appeared to bury their dead. (Photo: Reuters)

1. Europe’s Refugee Wave Hits Denmark, Heads for Sweden

Denmark allows refugees to move freely through its territory to Sweden after days of chaos. Authorities closed ferry services and a motorway link with Germany in an attempt to stem an inflow of thousands of asylum seekers.

2. Russia Says it Ships Both Arms and Aid to Syria by Air

Russia says it ships both humanitarian aid and military equipment to Syria by air. This announcement comes at a time when Washington is putting pressure on nearby states to deny their airspace to Russian flights.


3. More Than 1 Lakh Flee Floods in Japan After “Once-in-50-Years” Rain

Unprecedented rain in Japan unleashes heavy floods that tore houses from their foundations, uprooted trees and forced more than 1 lakh people from their homes.


4. Fossil First: Ancient Human Relative May Have Buried its Dead

Humanity’s claim to uniqueness has just suffered another setback. Scientists have reported that a newly discovered ancient species related to humans also appeared to have buried its dead.


5. Insurgent Attack on Syrian Base Kills 56 Soldiers

The rebel capture of a Syrian air base cost the lives of 56 government soldiers, a group monitoring the war said. The capture has triggered shock and some criticism of army strategy among supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.


6. Western States Train Kurdish force in Syria, Force’s Leader Says

In a significant expansion of support to the Kurdish administration in northern Syria, western states have provided counterterrorism training to Kurdish security. The head of the force said that the forces are battling the Islamic State.


7. Population Parity Raises Hard Questions for Israel

While Israel remains predominantly Jewish, Arab numbers within the area of historic Palestine are now close to eclipsing the Jewish population. This is creating a dilemma for supporters of a “one-state solution” to the region’s conflict.


8. House Republicans Pledge to Keep up Fight on Iran Nuclear Deal

US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner says fellow Republicans will press their fight against the nuclear deal with Iran regardless of the outcome of a Senate vote. The vote could seal the deal and hand Democratic President Barack Obama a major victory on the world stage.


9. Record Number of Terrorism Arrests Made by UK Police Last Year

British police arrested a record number of people last year on suspicion of terrorism offences. Government figures show a sharp rise in the number of young people being held.

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