Tuesday, July 26, 2016

World News Briefs -- July 26, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Vientiane, Laos July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Reuters: Kerry hopes to reveal cooperation plan with Russia on Syria in August

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he hoped to announce in early August details of a U.S. plan for closer military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria.

Kerry, speaking after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Laos, said there had been progress in recent days on moving forward with the plan.

The proposal would have Washington and Moscow share intelligence to coordinate air strikes against the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and prohibit the Syrian air force from attacking moderate rebel groups.

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Kerry: Progress with Russia on Syria despite military doubts. Kerry, Lavrov meet to explore cooperation in Syria.

US-Led Coalition Conducts 20 Strikes on Daesh Positions in Syria, Iraq - CENTCOM.

Syrian Army retakes key points along major oil pipeline.

Turkish troops hunt remaining coup plotters as crackdown widens. Turkey detains generals, journalists in widening purge post-coup.

Turkey names man allegedly behind military coup attempt.

Turkish foreign minister says purge of ambassadors next.

Turkey: Erdogan to meet Putin Aug. 9 in Russia. Erdogan says Turkish people want death penalty reintroduced, slams EU for ‘inaction’. Interview: Turkey's Erdogan accuses EU of breaking its word.

In sign of regional disarray, many leaders forgo Arab Summit.

Iran caps public officials' salaries after row.


Bangladesh: Nine killed in gun battle with police.

Japan knife attack: At least 19 dead.

Rare mass killing raises questions about security in Japan.

Pyongyang: US would pay 'terrifying price' for destabilizing Korean Peninsula.

ASEAN in discord ahead of meeting with top China, U.S. diplomats.

U.S. tells China that anti-missile system not a threat.

U.S. says backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea.

Afghan forces said to kill more than 120 IS fighters. Key Islamic State leader Saad Emarati 'killed in Afghanistan'.


Al-Shabab bombs target African Union troops in Somalia. 2 suicide car bombs near UN offices kill 13 in Somalia.

Libya's U.N.-backed government summons ambassador over French presence.

South Sudan's displaced face hunger.

Dutch helicopter withdrawal threatens to undermine UN Mali mission.

Republic of Congo sentences opposition leader to two years.

ANC woes pile up in South Africa mine massacre town ahead of poll.

Egypt's Coptic pope warns of 'danger' following recent attacks against Christians.


Kremlin says idea it hacked U.S. Democratic Party emails absurd. 'I don't want to use 4-letter words': Russian FM slams reporter over DNC leak claims. Kremlin says using Russian topic in US electoral campaign is "usual fun".

Isis attackers forced French priest to kneel before he was murdered, hostage says. Islamic State group claims attack that killed priest. Elderly priest killed in French church, attack claimed by Islamic State.

French PM accuses opposition of using Nice attacks to 'destabilise government' as security row intensifies.

Germany boosts police presence and warns of further terrorism. Germany must address fears after attacks, says Bavaria governor.

Over 3,000 migrant drownings since beginning of 2016.

UK PM May says strong will on both sides to preserve free movement with Ireland.

Spain records first case of baby born with Zika virus-linked defect.


Democrats set to nominate Clinton as they seek a way past discord.

Obama: Trump 'is ultimately helping do ISIL's work for us'.

Obama stands by refugee pledge after attacks in Germany. Obama expanding refugee program for Central Americans.

Peru president rules out pardon for ex-leader Fujimor.

US police hospitalized 54,000 people in 2012.

Mexico mayors demand more security after weekend murders.

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'kidnapped in Sao Paulo'.


US approves release of last Russian held at Guantanamo.

Iran denies 3 senior al-Qaida figures based in the country.

U.S. says looking at more counter-terrorism cooperation with China.


With Yahoo deal, Verizon sets sights on Facebook, Google.

US Fed seen holding rates steady as inflation watch continues.

Ship hits new Panama Canal wall, sparking design concerns.

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