QWorld: Queen Elizabeth Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch & More

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 1993. (Photo: AP)

1. Queen Elizabeth Is Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch

Queen Elizabeth II seals a special place in the Britain’s history by becoming its longest-reigning monarch. Amid warm tributes from politicians and the public, she says the landmark is not something to which she has ever aspired.

Click here for pictures that relive iconic moments in her reign.

2. Juncker Urges Europe to Welcome Refugees

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urges EU governments to accept a mandatory system to share out a wave of refugees fleeing war and poverty. He also promises, however, to improve frontier defences and deport more illegal migrants.


3. Russian Troops Join Combat in Syria

Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops. This was confirmed by three Lebanese sources familiar with the political and military situation in Syria.


4. I Won’t Shrink from Military Action Against Iran if Needed: Hillary Clinton

US Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vows not to shrink from military action against Iran if it tries to obtain atomic weapons. She threatened to impose penalties on Tehran even for small violations of its nuclear deal with world powers.


5. In Britain, Teachers Learn How to Spot Extremists

As teachers in Britain return to school this month, they have a new legal obligation to keep an eye out for potential extremists. One principal has been touring the country to share his experiences. His story shows how the new law could help but could also prove counter-productive.

Read the full story here.


6. Egypt Sends up to 800 Ground Troops to Yemen War

As many as 800 Egyptian soldiers arrived in Yemen, Egyptian security sources say, swelling the ranks of the Gulf Arab military contingent. It aims to rout the Iran-allied Houthi group.


7. Al Qaeda Calls Islamic State Illegitimate But Suggests Cooperation

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri dismisses the Islamic State movement and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as illegitimate. He did say, however, that his followers will join them in fighting the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria if possible.


8. Turkish Election “Becoming Impossible” Due to Unrest: Pro-Kurdish Party

Rising violence in southeast Turkey, following the collapse of a ceasefire between the government and Kurdish insurgents will make it difficult to hold an election. The election is due on November 1, the head of the pro-Kurdish opposition says.


9. Former Comrade Spoils Party for Greek Leftist Leader

Weeks after toppling Alexis Tsipras’ government, Greek far-left leader Panagiotis Lafazanis is landing fresh blows against his former comrade. He is stealing away voters and usurping the mantle of Greek’s foremost anti-bailout champion.

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