Thursday, August 11, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 11, 2016

A general view shows rising smoke from a Syrian regime controlled cement factory, in Aleppo, Syria August 9, 2016.REUTERS/ABDALRHMAN ISMAIL

Reuters: Fighting in Aleppo persists despite Russia ceasefire announcement: rebels

Fighting persisted in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday more than an hour into a three-hour ceasefire announced by Russia, two rebel groups and a witness in the city said, as government forces tried to reverse last week's opposition gains.

Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, said on Wednesday daily ceasefires would last from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily to facilitate the delivery of aid supplies.

Asked at 10.45 a.m. (0745 GMT) whether the ceasefire had taken effect, Mohammed Rasheed, spokesman for the rebel Jaish al-Nasr group, said: "No, on the contrary."

"Today since the morning there has been a (government) attempt to advance in the Ramousah area. There has been a big escalation by Russian warplanes," he added.

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Syria conflict: Aleppo hit by clashes despite Russia aid pledge.

Russian bombers destroy ISIS chemical weapons plant near Raqqa, Syria.

ISIL oil trucks, worth $11 million, destroyed in massive airstrike.

Syria's civil war: Suspected chemical attack in Aleppo. Syria conflict: Aleppo 'chlorine gas attack' investigated.

Syria conflict: 'Russian air strikes' cut water supply to IS capital Raqqa.

Erdogan ultimatum: ‘US has to choose between Turkey & Gulen’.

Military attaches, diplomats flee Turkey's post-coup inquiry.

Renewed Yemeni fighting points to society broken beyond repair.


Clashes as Afghan Taliban edge closer to Helmand capital.

Thai police want to intercept phone calls in 'national security' cases.

Myanmar soldiers admit at court martial to killing villagers: witnesses.

Killings of drug suspects rise to 525 in the Philippines.

Activists slam ASEAN roadmap to stop smog.

China power plant blast kills at least 21 -state media.

Australia accuses refugees of falsely reporting sexual abuse.

Australia blocks Chinese firm from stake in electricity grid.


Libyan official: '70 percent' of last IS bastion liberated.

Libyan forces work to secure gains against Islamic State in Sirte.

NATO allies concerned for Libyan oil.

New armed group says it blew up Nigerian oil pipeline.

Ethiopia says UN observers not needed as protests rage.

Ethiopia's battle for land reforms could lead to civil war: opposition leader.

Twelve Somalis sentenced to five years for piracy.

Zambia elections: Polls open in test for ruling party. Zambia votes in tight presidential poll between Lungu and Hichilema.

South Africa regains Africa's 'biggest economy' title from Nigeria.


Poroshenko puts all units on border with Crimea, in Donbass on combat alert. Ukraine puts troops along Crimean border on combat alert.

Putin, Security Council discuss security measures in Crimea — Kremlin.

UK and Russia discuss normalization of relations.

Germany to crack down on refugees suspected of Isis sympathies.

German Intel: Daesh hit-squads, sleeper cells infiltrated Germany among refugees.

Greece sees 76 percent rise in migrants after Turkey's dispute with Europe following coup.

Austria remains opposed to EU membership talks with Turkey.


Trump ramps up attack on Obama as founder of Islamic State.

Clinton to portray Trump economic proposals as 'wildly unrealistic'.

Shootings in Rio favelas continue despite heavy security presence.

Ecuador will let Sweden interview Assange in London embassy.

Venezuela’s Maduro says he discussed oil prices with Saudi King.

Venezuela's inflation rates are now highest in the world, sending food prices through the roof.

US deports former Guatemalan soldier wanted in 1982 massacre.

US DEA stands by ban on medical marijuana.


U.S. military was too positive on Islamic State fight: Congressional report.

Germany in new anti-terror plan to thwart Islamist militants.

Overseas money is ‘financing terrorism in Southeast Asia’.

Senior former Taliban leader reconciles with jihadist group.


Oil demand set to slow in 2017, says IEA.

Russia fines Google $6.7 million over anti-trust charge.

US retailer Macy's to close 100 stores.

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