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Syria: Turkish forces to move on Manbij, Raqqa Syria: Turkish forces to move on Manbij, Raqqa
- October 30, 2016

It also warned it would shoot down any Turkish warplanes entering Syrian air space. Darwish said that the groups being backed by Turkey are jihadist and therefore inherently intolerant. He said another big chunk of the Syrian Democratic Forces consists of Arab fighters from the region around Raqqa . US President Barack Obama, in a telephone call with Erdogan on Wednesday, recognized Turkey's contributions to the fight against IS, especially is supporting Syrian forces that have ... (more...)
Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege
- October 29, 2016

The cooperation between Moscow and Tehran on Syria does not cause difficulties, the parties have common interests. 'We must eliminate the terrorists, ' said Lavrov, who said that unlike the West, which only fights them in words, 'Russia intends to do so in the practice and see that task to its end'. (more...)
Clinton Calls on FBI to Explain Reopened Email Investigation Without Delay
- October 29, 2016

The messages were discovered after the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized four electronic devices belonging to Mrs Clinton's aide Huma Abedin and her husband Anthony Weiner, the New York Times reported . "I think that's factored in... and now they're choosing a president", Clinton said. Miller and other former officials pointed to a 2012 Justice Department memo saying that all employees have the responsibility to enforce the law in a "neutral and impartial manner", which is ... (more...)
Syria rebels in assault to break Aleppo siege
- October 29, 2016

Among the rebels are members of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as the Nusra Front, which the USA has distanced itself from because of its connections with al-Qaeda. SOHR has also confirmed that Grad rockets had struck Nairab airbase and also locations around the Hmeimim airbase, near Latakia. "All the revolutionary factions, without exception, are participating in the battle", he told the Associated Press . (more...)
Donald Trump offers strategy lessons to military expert Donald Trump offers strategy lessons to military expert
- October 29, 2016

We're going to attack.' Meaning Iraq's going to attack but with us. OK? "Why do they have to talk about it?" he asked Stephanopoulos. A senior US military official warns that ISIS fighters in Mosul are likely to resort to even more extreme actions as they face more military pressure on the city. (more...)
Bus passengers saved by 'hero' taxi driver Bus passengers saved by 'hero' taxi driver
- October 29, 2016

He did say counter-terrorism authorities were involved in the murder investigation as a " precaution ". Flags at council buildings will be flown at half mast on Saturday as a mark of respect. "They're not trained to fix a broken leg but they're trained how to recognise if someone is having medical trauma", Mr Parker said. "I did break the back door to open it and then they started coming out (but) the fire was just getting higher and higher". (more...)
US says tried to disrupt forced march near Mosul
- October 29, 2016

ISIS militants have set more than 15 oil wells on fire in the Qayyarah suburb, northeast of Mosul, Iraqi army officer Karrar al-Saadi told ARA News. There was no way to independently confirm the account, but it tracks with those given by other witnesses to the forced displacement who have spoken to the AP in the past week. (more...)
Terrorists kill jawan, mutilate body, Army vows 'appropriate response' Terrorists kill jawan, mutilate body, Army vows 'appropriate response'
- October 29, 2016

Further commenting on the matter, an army spokesman said, "The incident will be responded to appropriately". BSF said from the ammunition used, it appeared that Pakistani Army was supporting them. On Friday, A BSF head constable was killed and seven civilians injured as Pakistan Rangers on Thursday continued firing mortar shells and small arms in R S Pura and Arnia sectors, while the Pakistani army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Sunderbani, Mendhar and KG sectors. (more...)
Former Putin aide's curious death in DC deemed an accident Former Putin aide's curious death in DC deemed an accident
- October 29, 2016

The death of Russian president Vladimir Putin's former aide was an "accident" and occurred after days of heavy drinking, USA prosecutors said on Friday. Despite once spearheading the Kremlin's influence over Russian media and inspiring the launch of its global arm Russia Today, Lesin stayed away from the spotlight. (more...)
United Nations chief 'condemns' terrorist attack in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province United Nations chief 'condemns' terrorist attack in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province
- October 29, 2016

Pakistani militant organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi said on Wednesday it had worked with the Islamic State to carry out a huge raid on a police academy, the strongest evidence to date that the Middle Eastern group has built local links. Pakistan's military last month admitted for the first time that the Islamic State group had a presence in the country but said it had detained hundreds of its militants and prevented them from carrying out major attacks. (more...)
Duterte walks fine line between Abe, Xi on South China Sea
- October 28, 2016

In addition, Japan will finance the construction of two patrol vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard, as well as supply training aircraft used by the Maritime Self-Defense Force. Duterte has previously said he wants USA troops out of Mindanao because their presence stokes tensions on the island where Islamic militants have waged a decades-long separatist insurgency. (more...)
Burundi notifies UN of International Criminal Court withdrawal Burundi notifies UN of International Criminal Court withdrawal
- October 27, 2016

Gambia's announcement is "particularly shocking", Belay said, given that ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is Gambian and "a champion of worldwide justice and the fight against global impunity". South Africa's quarrels with the ICC began when the institution ordered South Africa to apprehend Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who was wanted on charges of war crimes and genocide. (more...)
Gambia says it's leaving International Criminal Court for unfairly targeting Africa
- October 27, 2016

During the televised statement , Information Minister Sheriff Bojang criticized the court for ignoring western atrocities [Reuters report], referring to the ICC as "an International Caucasian Court". South Africa's decision followed a dispute previous year when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the country despite being the subject of an ICC arrest warrant over alleged war crimes. (more...)
Turkish-backed Syrian opposition captures Dabiq from IS
- October 27, 2016

Wedged between Aleppo and Syria's northern border with Turkey, it has a population of just how many? thousand and few distinguishing features. Turkey in August launched an unprecedented operation in Syria, helping rebel forces take the towns of Jarabulus and Al-Rai from ISIL. (more...)
Trump launches nightly Facebook show to skirt 'media filter' Trump launches nightly Facebook show to skirt 'media filter'
- October 26, 2016

The show will be broadcast nightly from Trump Tower's "war room" and, in the words of Epshteyn, will allow viewers to bypass "the left-wing media ". About 60,000 people tuned into the Facebook Live broadcast on Monday night, but just half of them reportedly remained after just a half an hour in. (more...)
Fresh fighting in Aleppo as ceasefire ends without evacuations Fresh fighting in Aleppo as ceasefire ends without evacuations
- October 26, 2016

Hundreds of civilians have been killed or wounded in Syrian and Russian air strikes since the collapse of the latest ceasefire and the announcement by President Bashar al-Assad's government last month of a major ground offensive to retake the city. (more...)
Spain's acting prime minister set to end political stalemate Spain's acting prime minister set to end political stalemate
- October 26, 2016

Parliament speaker Ana Pastor said the investiture session would start on Wednesday. Rajoy said on Tuesday he was aware of the difficulties a minority government would face and conceded that a stable government would require dialogue and deals with other parties. (more...)
Trump, Clinton exchange caustic barbs at charity dinner Trump, Clinton exchange caustic barbs at charity dinner
- October 24, 2016

The Clinton campaign was referring to Trump's speech Thursday night at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner , a charity event in Manhattan where the two major-party presidential candidates traditonally roast each other in the lead-up to Election Day. (more...)
Calais' Calais' "Jungle" dismantling to start next week
- October 24, 2016

According to Italy's interior ministry, about 124,500 migrants have arrived since the start of 2016, just slightly more than the 122,000 recorded for the whole of a year ago. MP David Davies suggested their ages should be checked using radiographs on their teeth - but the British Dental Association said it was "vigorously opposed" to the method of assessment, labelling such a move inappropriate. (more...)
Spain's Socialists End 10-Month Political Deadlock Spain's Socialists End 10-Month Political Deadlock
- October 24, 2016

He wants the Socialists to at least abstain from a parliamentary confidence vote this month that would avoid a third election. Enough Socialist Party deputies will probably abstain to give Rajoy a mandate, although they are not legally bound by the decision made on Sunday by the party's 250-member federal committee. (more...)
Bible Bashing: Trump and Clinton Clash at Catholic White Tie Dinner
- October 24, 2016

The dinner's tradition is for candidates to poke light fun at each other. They drew laughs, claps and the occasional boos. He added, "I was very moved by that". I'd actually like to defend him on this. Obama has denied that she was referring to the Clintons . "Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign", he said . (more...)
United Nations human rights chief warns of war crimes in Aleppo United Nations human rights chief warns of war crimes in Aleppo
- October 24, 2016

A cease-fire to allow wounded civilians and rebels to leave besieged parts of Aleppo has been extended into the weekend by Russian Federation, but hoped-for medical evacuations didn't materialize by Friday evening because of a lack of security guarantees, officials and residents said. (more...)
Facebook Is Advising Trump Campaign On Trump TV Facebook Is Advising Trump Campaign On Trump TV
- October 23, 2016

Unlike Trump's previous Facebook Live videos, the broadcast adopted a news program format before and after the debate, with its very own hosts, guests, and political analysts. The pitch was clear: the campaign said it was taking its message "straight to the American people", bypassing "the corrupt mainstream media". These viewers watched 11.8 million minutes of content, the equivalent to 22 years of view time. (more...)
Turkish Military Says Border Security with Syria Achieved with Dabiq Seizure Turkish Military Says Border Security with Syria Achieved with Dabiq Seizure
- October 22, 2016

Dabiq is also the name of one of ISIL's online magazines. Islamic State commanders repeatedly promised their fighters in Dabiq that reinforcements were on the way, Abu Jalal said, but none arrived. ISIS attempted to counter the attack with snipers and suicide bombers, but the guerrilla tactics proved ineffective. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State withdrew from Dabiq less than 24 hours after rebels began their offensive. (more...)
Turkish jets strike Syrian Kurdish militia targets
- October 22, 2016

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed an extension but only mentioned the pause was being prolonged by one more day. Turkey also announced that 21 militants from the PKK, a Kurdish separatist organization in Turkey and Iraq, were killed in military operations in the southeastern Turkish province of Hakkari. (more...)
Nigerian parents eager to see 21 girls freed by Boko Haram
- October 22, 2016

But Information Minister Lai Mohammed insisted there was no swap, just "a release, the product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides". President Muhammadu Buhari has said that more of the abducted Chibok girls are set to return home soon . Boko Haram published a video in August apparently showing recent footage of dozens of the kidnapped girls and said some had been killed in air strikes. (more...)
Canadian Dollar Touches 7 Month Low After Oil and Weak CPI Canadian Dollar Touches 7 Month Low After Oil and Weak CPI
- October 22, 2016

Excluding gasoline, the consumer price index rose to 1.5 percent. Inflation hasn't exceeded 2 per cent for about two years, and other parts of the report signaled prices aren't about to surge past that target. So food price hikes have cooled and in some cases reversed. Food from stores posted their first year-over-year decline since March 2008 as they fell 0.9 per cent. (more...)
Tesco pulls Unilever goods in row after pound plunges
- October 21, 2016

The stand-off left the supermarket facing a shortage of brands such as Surf washing powder, Comfort fabric conditioner, Hellmann's mayonnaise, Pot Noodle and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. " Unilever is pleased to confirm that the supply situation with Tesco in the United Kingdom and Ireland has now been successfully resolved", Unilever said. (more...)
ICC prosecutor warns Philippine authorities over killings
- October 21, 2016

The Palace invitation was extended by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to United Nations special rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard in the wake of concerns raised by human rights groups about the alleged extrajudicial killings. (more...)
Trump belittles accusers as more turn up with sordid stories
- October 21, 2016

He also refused to join Trump's call for Clinton to be drug tested before Wednesday's third and final presidential debate . The women assembled at this event included Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey. It's hard to say which merits the prize. Separately, the Washington Post published an interview with a woman who said Trump put his hand up her skirt in a crowded NY nightclub in the early 1990s in an unwanted advance. (more...)
Russian, Syrian planes halt Aleppo airstrikes ahead of truce
- October 21, 2016

Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said Monday that Russian and Syrian forces will halt their fighting from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. on October 20 in order to allow civilians and rebels safe passage out of the city as well as for the evacuation of the sick and wounded. (more...)
Russian Federation says United Nations must urge al-Qaida militants to leave Aleppo
- October 21, 2016

He added that Russian Federation was ready to hear "all initiatives and proposals" that would ensure rebels' safe withdrawal. His remarks comes close on the heels of a meet scheduled on Saturday between United States, Russia and regional powers such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar in Lausanne , Switzerland. (more...)
FG Promises To Rehabilitate Released Chibok Girls
- October 21, 2016

ABUJA , Nigeria A group of Nigerian parents are waiting with excitement to be reunited with 21 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram 2½ years ago and freed in the first negotiated release organized by Nigeria's government and the Islamic extremist group. (more...)
Young attacks Bayh as all talk while senator Young attacks Bayh as all talk while senator
- October 21, 2016

Todd Young are set to face each other in what could be their only debate during their bitter campaign for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat. Both sides have spent big on the race, which became surprisingly expensive and contested upon Bayh's entrance. (more...)
Aide: Trump will accept results if no 'overwhelming evidence' of fraud Aide: Trump will accept results if no 'overwhelming evidence' of fraud
- October 21, 2016

Conway does make some news here, by the way, right at the very beginning. "He'll talk for 45 minutes, and nobody can tell you what the theme was, because nobody wants to cover the theme". Yet just before the debate, his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), insisted that he would. "Somebody firebombed it, I doubt it was a Republican". (more...)