Satellite images confirm destruction of famed temple in Syria's Palmyra: UN

A view of the external courtyard of the temple of Baal (also written Bel) in the ancient Syrian oasis city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, pictured on March 14, 2014Satellite images confirm the destruction of another famed temple in Syria’s Palmyra, the United Nations said late Monday. “We can confirm destruction of the main building of the Temple of Bel as well as a row of columns in its immediate vicinity,” the UN training and research agency UNITAR said, providing satellite images from before and after a powerful blast in the ruins of the ancient city Sunday. The blast had already raised fears Monday that the Islamic State group had damaged another of the Middle East’s most treasured heritage sites.

In war-torn Syria, a garden grows… for North Korea founder

Young women hold a North-Korean flag during a ceremony to name a park in Damascus, Syria after Kim Il-sung, the late founder and supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on August 31, 2015Syria’s embattled government, facing a four-year war that is encroaching on the capital, on Monday inaugurated a park in Damascus to honour North Korea’s founding father Kim Il-Sung. The opening ceremony, which came as Islamic State group militants battled rebels in a district in southern Damascus, was attended by deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Moqdad. “For this reason, he deserves to be honoured in Syria,” Moqdad said.

Austria smuggler crackdown as Europe divided over migrant crisis

Syrian refugees and migrants sleep on the floor of a carriage as they travel on a train taking them from Macedonia (Also referred to as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) to the Serbian border, on August 30, 2015The hunt for people smugglers led to a security crackdown and massive tailbacks on Austria’s border with Hungary on Monday, as Europe struggled to present a united front on the huge influx of migrants and refugees. Austria’s tightened security followed the discovery of 71 dead migrants, four of them children, in an abandoned lorry near the border with Hungary last week. Since the checks on vehicles began late on Sunday, more than 200 migrants have been picked up and five suspected people smugglers arrested.