EU Looks to Turkey to Ease Migrant Crisis
European Union leaders meet with their Turkish counterparts Monday to discuss efforts to slow the flow of migrants traveling to Europe as thousands of people remained stranded at the Greece-Macedonia border.
EU diplomats said ahead of Monday's emergency meeting in Brussels that a draft EU agreement was set to declare the closure of the Balkan migration route.
Countries from Macedonia on north have shut their borders, preventing people mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq from traveling on toward Germany and Scandinavian nations.
The influx of nearly 1 million people arriving by sea in Greece since the beginning of 2015 has European leaders looking to persuade Turkey to both keep migrants from taking the dangerous route and also take back thousands who don't qualify for EU asylum.
Turkey is hosting more than 2.7 million refugees from Syria alone, and has struggled with the burden of providing services.
Philippine Rebels Warn of Rising Islamic State Influence
The leader of the main Muslim rebel group fighting for autonomy in the southern Philippines warns the Islamic State could soon gain the upper hand in establishing a foothold in the region.
Murad Ebrahim, who chairs the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), told reporters in Kuala Lumpur Monday the extremist group could take advantage of the frustrations of Muslims in the southern region of Mindanao over the legislature's failure to ratify a peace deal reached between his group and President Benigno Aquino's administration in 2014.
The deal, which was brokered by Malaysia, would grant minority Muslims greater autonomy in exchange for ending a four-decade-old insurgency that has claimed well over 100,000 lives.
Ebrahim said the MILF will not abandon its armed struggle for an autonomous homeland, but says it will not revert to violence so long as the peace process has a chance to succeed.