INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Hungary closes Croatian border, Iran tests ballistic missals despite test-launch agreement, Putin admits thousands of citizens helping Islamic State


Hungary closes border with Croatia in migrant crisis

A month after it closed its border with Serbia, Hungary has closed its border with Croatia to all incoming migrants. According to the BBC, “Hungary said it shut the border with Croatia after European Union (EU) leaders failed to agree its plan to send a force to prevent migrants reaching Greece.” Almost 600,000 migrants have reached the EU so far this year, many coming from Turkey and Syria fleeing conflict. Slovenia expects to serve as a channel for thousands more immigrants.

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Iran tests medium range ballistic missile

Despite the agreement made between Iran and major powers, including the United States, Iran launched a medium range ballistic missile capable of nuclear power. The launch took place Oct. 10. The nuclear agreement reached in July authorized the lifting of sanctions as long as Iran curbed its nuclear activities. Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful, but this test-launch violation caused great concern in Washington, D.C., stated the BBC.

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Putin admits thousands of former Russian/Soviet citizens helping IS

Russian President Vladimir Putin said between 5,000 to 7,000 people from Russia and other former Soviet territories are fighting for the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, according to the BBC. Putin gathered with former Soviet states near the Middle Eastern conflict to warn that the violence in Afghanistan could spread to these areas in Central Asia. Putin also said that the IS fighters would pose a serious risk if they returned home. This occurred as President Obama announced that 5,500 troops would remain in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017.

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