Tuesday, August 30, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 30, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Turkish army tanks and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters make their way in the Syrian border town of Jarablus as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Karkamis, in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey. REUTERS/Stringer

Reuters: Ceasefire holding between Turkey and Kurdish fighters in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A ceasefire is holding between Turkey and Kurdish-backed militia in northern Syria, a Kurdish military official said on Tuesday, but a Syrian rebel commander characterized it only as a "pause" and added that military operations would resume soon.

The truce is between the Jarablus Military Council and Turkey, said Sharfan Darwish, spokesman for the Manbij Military Council.

Both councils are allied with the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed alliance of groups including the powerful Kurdish YPG militia that is fighting Islamic State insurgents and has expanded along Syria's frontier with Turkey.

A subsequent statement from the Jarablus Military Council announced a temporary ceasefire "under the oversight of the international coalition led by the United States" in order to spare the people of Jarablus "the scourge of war".

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Turkish, Kurdish forces in Syria agree to 'stop shooting at each other'.

Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces 'should stop fighting'.

UN aid contracts 'going to Assad-linked companies'.

Iraq's Mosul can be retaken from IS this year: US general.

Oil fires cast black cloud over Iraqi town retaken from Islamic State.

Yemen: Death toll in ISIL's Aden bombing rises to 70.

UN says 10,000 civilians killed, wounded in Yemen conflict.

Ex Mossad chief: Israel's biggest threat is potential civil war, not Iran.

Fire hits 28-floor Abu Dhabi tower under construction.

Palestinian security forces arresting, abusing critics: HRW.


Families of people missing in Sri Lanka's civil war march in silence.

Suicide attack targets Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan. One dead, 3 wounded in suicide blast at Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. Chinese embassy blast: Car bomb attack in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Myanmar to hold historic peace talks with ethnic armies. Myanmar's Suu Kyi to hold major peace summit with ethnic rebels.

Philippine military ramps up Abu Sayyaf offensive.

Death toll in Philippines' drug war hits 2,000.

Duterte to raise sea feud ruling against Chinese wishes.

Amid conflicting reports, fate of ailing Uzbek President remains unclear.

North Korea reportedly executes two top officials with anti-aircraft guns.

U.S., India pledge deeper security and commercial ties.

India Ganges floods 'break previous records'.


Nigerian rebels claim attack on state-owned pipeline.

UN reports on Western Sahara ceasefire violations.

Qaeda-linked group claims deadly Tunisia ambush: SITE.

Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya.

Somalia truck bomb targets Mogadishu's SYL Hotel. Somalia: Deaths as car bomb explodes in Mogadishu.

Libya forces trap IS in last Sirte holdout.

Libyans take heavy casualties in final push on IS bastion.

Ugandan special forces to halt operations against Lord's Resistance Army.

Hunger grips thousands of new South Sudan refugees in Uganda.

UN document says Morocco violated Western Sahara cease-fire.

'Racist school hair rules' suspended at SA's Pretoria Girls High.


Border deal with Montenegro stirs tensions in Kosovo.

Denmark, Sweden toughen up asylum rules despite falling numbers.

Tensions mount as record numbers crowd French migrant camp.

French mayor on burkini ban: They must accept our way of life.

Turkish EU bid ‘unrealistic’ while Erdogan in power – European commissioner.

Kremlin reveals Putin's plans for G20 summit in China.

Plot to blow up mosque with 50kg TNT car bomb thwarted in southern Russia.

Italy to hold mass funeral as search for bodies continues.

French Economy Minister's departure raises questions ahead of 2017 presidential election.


Brazil's Dilma Rousseff defends record at impeachment trial. Brazil Real declines as Rousseff awaits impeachment verdict.

3 men in line for Brazilian presidency accused of corruption.

Obama to juggle security, climate, rights on final Asia trip.

FBI warns that foreign hackers are targeting US elections.

Mexico federal police chief Galindo fired over Michoacan ranch killings.

War-weary Colombians react to peace deal with FARC rebels.

Venezuela accuses US, opposition of planning coup.

U.S. traffic deaths rose 7.2 percent in 2015: Transportation Dept..


U.S. offers $3 million reward for man it gave anti-terror training.

Islamic State buried thousands in 72 mass graves, survey finds.

Afghanistan, Iraq wars major push factors for extremism, terrorism - report.

Vital that Pakistan joins fight against terrorism, Kerry says.


Apple faces $14.5B tax bill after EU investigation. State aid: Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion.

TTIP in further doubt as Hollande questions timing. France to call for an end to EU-US free trade talks.

Fed's Fischer says U.S. job market 'very close' to full strength.

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