More than half of the 60 migrants who died after their boat sank off Turkey's west coast on Thursday were children, a district official told Reuters.
Syria's refugee exodus is growing and up to 200 000 people could settle in Turkey alone if the conflict worsens, adding pressure for a buffer zone.
Turkey has told Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to step down for the sake of his people, tightening regional pressure on Damascus.
Over 260 people are dead with the casualty count set to rise after a quake brought ruin to parts of Turkey, destroying homes and injuring thousands.
A group of about 100 Afghan members of Parliament demanded on Monday that President Hamid Karzai inaugurate the assembly by December 19.
Afghans want responsibility for the country's security by 2014, President Hamid Karzai told an international donors' conference on Tuesday.
The heads of more than half of Afghanistan's district election offices will be replaced to prevent fraud in a second-round presidential election.
Afghanistan remained locked in political crisis on Monday as its president resisted accepting the result of a fraud probe into August's elections.
Abdul Wadud (50) walked for two hours across Afghanistan's remote northern mountains to hear a police commander give yet more promises of aid.
The US decision to send more troops to Afghanistan will mean little to the people of northern Sang-i-Khel village whose fight is against hunger.