The United States has ramped up refugee processing and is now likely to meet the administration's goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by October 1, a senior official told Congress Thursday. Citing the humanitarian crisis triggered by Syria's brutal civil war, President Barack Obama had called for a dramatic increase in the number of Syrian refugees resettled in America in fiscal year 2016. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson however said Washington had "added security checks to the process where they are warranted" and overcome early hurdles.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate were on Thursday set to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the deadliest battle in British history in which 20,000 men died on the first day of combat alone. The royal couple, accompanied by William's brother Prince Harry, were due to attend a night vigil at the Thiepval Memorial in northern France to honour the 1.2 million troops of different nationalities who were killed, injured or listed as missing in the World War I battle. Guests from Commonwealth countries and members of the public will hold a vigil overnight until 7:30 am (0530 GMT), the exact time that tens of thousands of troops clambered out of the trenches to be mown down by German guns.