Wednesday, August 24, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 24, 2016

Al Jazeera: Turkish tanks enter Syria to clear ISIL from Jarablus

Offensive said to be campaign by Turkey and US-led coalition to clear ISIL from Syrian border town of Jarablus.

Turkish tank units have entered Syria as part of a military operation backed by Turkish and US-led coalition warplanes to clear the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group from the Syrian border town of Jarablus, according to Turkish state media.

Turkish special forces had crossed the border and entered Jarablus early on Wednesday, officials said.

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Turkish tanks cross Syrian border in military op to retake city of Jarablus from ISIS. Turkey's Syria offensive aimed at Kurdish YPG.

Syria, Kurds condemn Turkish incursion.

US military aids Turkey anti-IS operation in Syria.

Turkish, US officials discuss US-based cleric's extradition. Biden seeks to reassure Turkey over alleged coup-plotter.

Iraq forces advance in town south of Mosul.

Putin offers Middle East peace talks.

Thousands of Yemenis stranded after Saudis close airport.

Israel uncovers illegal Palestinian weapons-making network.


American University under attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. American University of Afghanistan attacked, students and staff shelter in place.

Duterte warns China over South China Sea dispute.

North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability.

Japan, China and South Korea condemn latest Pyongyang missile test.

Japan tells China to stop violating territory in East China Sea.

Fatal car bombs explode in Thailand.

Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar. Earthquake rattles Myanmar and neighboring countries.

China takes aggressive steps to fend off banking, financial risks.


Nigeria claims it killed Boko Haram leaders.

UN: 4.5 million need food assistance in northern Nigeria.

UN-backed Libyan government to present new Cabinet.

South Sudan fighting kills at least 275, both sides say.

DR Congo elections: Opposition strike cripples Kinshasa.

Nigeria 'terror mastermind' appeals conviction by S.Africa court.

Nigeria banks banned from foreign currency deals.


Italy earthquake kills dozens, reduces towns to rubble. Deadly earthquake rocks central Italy. Earthquake in central Italy leaves dozens dead.

Russia, Germany, France raise alarm over fighting in Ukraine.

Ukraine: Moscow failed to bring Kiev to its knees.

Migration minister: 180,000 migrants to flood Greece if EU-Turkey deal fails.

Germany's anti-immigration AfD party gaining allegiance.

More Europeans turning to firearms following terrorist attacks – report.

France's DCNS says India submarine data leak may be 'economic warfare'.


Russian hackers 'targeted New York Times'.

Louisiana floods: Obama 'heartbroken' after tour.

Colombia-FARC final peace agreement 'imminent'.

Central America leaders agree on joint force to fight gangs.

Venezuela confirms plan to purge state workers who signed recall.

U.S. seeks Latin American help amid rise in Asian, African migrants.

Canada's Mounties allow women in uniform to wear hijabs.


IRGC commander discusses Afghan militia, ‘Shia liberation army,’ and Syria.

Malian jihadist 'lost way' in Timbuktu attacks, court told.

Drone strike kills 2 Qaeda suspects in Yemen.


Google punishes sites with pop-up adverts.

US warns European Commission over treatment of Apple.

Qatar buys a piece of The Empire State Building.

Tesla claims records for e-car speed and range.

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