Tuesday, August 23, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 23, 2016 (Evening Edition)

DW: Merkel, Hollande and Putin talk Ukraine clashes

The leaders of France and Germany urged Russian President Putin to help calm the tensions in Ukraine, during in a joint phone call. The three are set to discuss the latest spike in violence at a G20 summit in China.

France's Francois Hollande warned against "an escalation of violence" in Ukraine, his office said on Tuesday, after a phone call between Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.

Hollande urged all sides to stick to the Minsk peace deal, and stressed that "there was no alternative to a peaceful solution" his officials said.

Both him and the German leader Merkel urged Putin to do what he could to calm the situation down, a Berlin spokesman told reporters.

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Syrian forces, Kurdish YPG 'agree to Hasaka ceasefire'.

Syria Kurds win battle with government, Turkey mobilizes against them. Syrian Kurdish, government forces agree Hasaka ceasefire.

UN urges 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Aleppo. Syria war: Aleppo's civilians face humanitarian crisis.

IS conflict: UN warns of 'huge impact' of Mosul assault.

IS struggles to retain grip as it loses ground in Iraq.

Turkish military returns fire in Syria after shells hit border town: NTV. Turkish military strikes ISIL in northern Syria.

Turkey: 2 killed in attack on military bomb disposal team.

U.S. Vice President Biden likely to face pressure during Turkey visit.

US confirms Gulen extradition request, but says no link with Turkey coup.

Yemen crisis: Oxfam critical of UK-Saudi arms deals.

Mass protests in West Bank city after Palestinian detainee dies.


Japan at UN urges N.Korea to refrain from provocations.

Pentagon chief: Casualties show Afghanistan still a 'dangerous place'.

Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan's wary eye.

Indian troops fire at Kashmir protesters; 14 injured.

Philippines police chief: 1,900 killed in anti-drug war.

Philippines' Duterte says talks with China on sea dispute 'within the year'. Philippines expects talks with China on sea feud this year.

Myanmar says UN chief to attend ethnic peace talks.

Pakistan's largest city set to be run by imprisoned mayor.

Thai military court accepts case against 'Facebook Eight'.


WHO to hold emergency meeting to advise on yellow fever.

As Kerry lands in Nigeria, air force says top Boko Haram fighters killed.

Nigerian military: Air raid fatally wounds Boko Haram leader. Boko Haram: 'Senior fighters killed' in Nigeria raid.

South Sudan ex-rebel leader escaped to Sudan, officials claim. Sudan says it has South Sudan's former rebel leader who fled.

Kerry tells South Sudan leaders to stick to peace deal or face sanctions.

Sudan, South Sudan agree to extend oil deal.

Congo opposition strikes to call for Kabila to step down.

Zambia regulator suspends three private broadcasters.

Olympics protest runner fails to return to Ethiopia.


Kremlin says Putin, Merkel, Hollande to meet to discuss Ukraine on Sept 4-5 at G20.

Rio Paralympics 2016: Russia banned after losing appeal.

Biden tells Baltic states: Don't take Trump seriously.

Eastern NATO ally says Clinton trumps Trump on security.

Germany, France, Italy say Europe must move forward after Brexit vote.

Paris tourism chiefs demand rescue plan as attacks scare off visitors.

Report: More migrants die in Mediterranean as risks increase.

Greece says at least 41,000 asylum seekers on its territory.

Child killed in grenade attack in Sweden.

Europeans turn to weapons in growing numbers after attacks.


U.S. CBO says budget deficit to reach $590 billion for fiscal 2016.

Obama promises support to Louisiana after floods. Obama to visit flood-damaged Louisiana in show of support.

Clinton faces late summer scandal wave.

FBI investigating whether Virginia stabbings were ISIS-inspired.

Large rise in number of kids entering US from Central America.

Peru investigates 'police death squad' after killings.

Venezuela public workers face sack over referendum.

Ramen noodles 'are most valuable US prison commodity', study suggests.


'Jihadist hub' Molenbeek lures tourists across Brussels canal.

Abu Zubaydah appears at Gitmo hearing to review detention.

The Pentagon takes aim at bomb-carrying consumer drones.


Exclusive: China's richest man set to seal two billion-dollar U.S. film deals.

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Goldman Sachs thinks the recovery in oil prices is ‘fragile’.

34kg pearl found in Philippines 'is world's biggest'.

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