Thursday, August 25, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 25, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Turkish army tanks drive towards to the border in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Reuters: Turkey fires on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria offensive

Turkish troops fired on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, highlighting the complications of an incursion meant to secure the border region against both Islamic State and Kurdish advances.

Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered Jarablus, one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, on Wednesday.

But President Tayyip Erdogan and senior government officials have made clear the aim of "Operation Euphrates Shield" is as much about stopping the Kurdish YPG militia seizing territory and filling the void left by Islamic State as it is about eliminating the ultra-hardline Islamist group itself.

A Turkish security source said the army shelled the People's Protection Units (YPG) south of Jarablus. Turkey's state-run Anadolu agency described the action as warning shots.

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Deal struck for rebels, civilians to quit Syria's Daraya.

US naval ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessel: official.

Iran: Forces will warn any vessel after US warship incident.

Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, town of Jarablus ‘being cleansed’ of ISIS.

Turkish opposition leader escapes assassination attempt.

Global superpowers condemn chemical weapon use in Syria.

US pursues Syria cooperation with Russia amid new volatility.

Violence has taken years off of life expectancy in Syria.

Iraqi forces seize strategic town near Mosul from ISIL.

Iraq parliament impeaches defence minister.

UN calls for international probe into Yemen violations. Saudi-led coalition airstrikes #1 cause of civilian deaths in Yemen – UN body.

Kerry in Saudi Arabia for meetings on Yemen war impasse.


Chinese military will train Syrian troops: govt.

Casualty rate soars for Afghan security forces: NATO.

Attack on Kabul's American University ends as attackers killed.

N. Korea threatens US with ‘nuclear hammers of justice’ after missile test. N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un hails missile test as 'greatest success'.

Uzbekistan claims disputed territory along border with Kyrgyzstan.

Duterte:'It will be bloody' if Philippine territory breached.

Maldives president faces 'removal plot', BBC learns. Leader of Maldives aware of plans to overthrow him: spokesman.

Asian companies have world's worst cybersecurity says study.

Eastern India struggles to evacuate reluctant villagers as floods wreak havoc.

Myanmar soldiers, police seal off ancient temples damaged by quake.


About 243,000 S.Sudanese refugees in Sudan: UN.

Gunmen storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu. Al Shabaab militants bomb Somali beach restaurant, gunfight ongoing.

Libya's UN-backed govt seeks boosted US military backing.

Mediterranean rescue boat hit in armed raid off Libyan coast.

Two women lynched, set on fire in Congo as ethnic tensions flare.

UN: 475,000 children at risk in Lake Chad area.

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation.

Zuma says backs South Africa finance minister but can't stop probe.

Zimbabwe's government is standing by as its wildlife is slaughtered.

Nigerian banks suspended from forex market, seek truce.


Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts. Italian quake death toll rises to 241, anguish mounts. Italy quake death toll hits 250 as rescuers search demolished towns.

Putin orders military drills as Merkel accuses Russia on Ukraine.

Dueling indictments as Russia, Ukraine target each other's military leaders.

In Estonia, Merkel and Roivas talk Russia and internet.

Assassination attempt on Donetsk republic leader foiled.

Spain braces itself for unwanted gift on Christmas Day: a third election.

Hungary offers Serbia help in guarding borders against migrants.

Portugal to bail out its biggest bank to the tune of €5bn.


Assange warns of 'significant' Clinton leaks.

FARC, Colombian government announce end to decades-long conflict. Colombia and FARC rebels reach historic peace deal.

Brazil’s Senate begins impeachment trial of Rousseff. Brazil's Senate begins Rousseff's impeachment trial.

Venezuela’s decline prompts exodus.

Miners' protest in Bolivia becomes deadly.

UK opens files on Israeli arms sales to Argentina during Falklands War.

The NYPD broke its own rules when spying on Muslims, inspector general says.

New York Times denies hack of Moscow bureau.

'Unprecedented' overdose epidemic from fentanyl in US.


'Son' of Boko Haram's founder named jihadi head.

Yemenis say U.S. drone strike kills 5 al-Qaida suspects.

Mississippi man to be sentenced for trying to join ISIS.

Social media giants 'failing' on extremism - MPs.

Prisoner releases turn Guantanamo inmates into $6 million men.

The Abu Zubaydah file.


Iran will join OPEC meet in Algeria: minister.

Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes list of best paid actors.

71 million youths don't have a job: ILO.

Uber loses at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016.

Washington threatens Brussels over plan to demand billions in unpaid taxes from Apple.

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