Monday, September 12, 2016

World News Briefs -- September 12, 2016 (Evening Edition)

VOA: Eid Cease-fire in Syria Brings Widespread Calm but Some Fighting Continues

STATE DEPARTMENT — Hours after a sundown cease-fire went into effect in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared it “may be the last chance” to preserve the country fractured by five years of civil war.

Amid reports of widespread calm, but with “some fighting here and there,” Kerry said Monday it is premature to make a determination on the U.S. and Russian brokered cease-fire’s effectiveness.

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Kerry raises possibility of US approving strikes by Assad.

Russia concerned over some Syrian groups' refusal to abide by ceasefire deal.

Syria cease-fire enters into effect. Syrian Observatory: Most of Syria calm after ceasefire takes effect.

Syrian ceasefire to start at 16:00 GMT - Russian Defense Ministry. Syria cease-fire enters into effect.

Putin, Security Council discuss Syria in context of Russia-US deal — Kremlin. Russia can control observation of ceasefire in Syria — General Staff.

Ahead of truce, Assad pledges to retake all of Syria.

Syria rebels guardedly agree on truce but battles persist. Powerful Syrian rebel group says it won’t respect cease-fire.

Turkish warplanes kill 20 Islamic State group fighters.

Blast strikes near ruling AK party's HQ in Turkey's Van.

UN says airstrikes on Yemen water well reportedly kill 30.


Duterte says he wants U.S. special forces out of southern Philippines.

North Korea ready for another nuclear test any time: South Korea.

North Korea says sanctions push after nuclear test 'laughable'.

North Korea flooding kills 133, displaces 107,000: U.N.. Devastating floods pound North Korea, killing scores, leaving thousands homeless.

Indian Kashmir to impose curfew, use drones for vigil ahead of Eid.

India says 4 rebels killed in gunbattle near Kashmir border. 'Militants' killed in Kashmir clashes.

Beijing and Moscow launch South China Sea naval drills.

Rising Uighur militancy changes security landscape for China.

Thai junta will stop prosecuting dissidents in military courts.

Bullets trump rehab as Asia quickens 'failing' war on drugs.

Bangladesh factory fire death toll rises to 31.


Flight of South Sudan fighters to Congo poses security threat: U.N..

Boko Haram descends into in-fighting as reports emerge of deadly clashes between rival Islamist factions.

Mozambican government forces seize opposition fighters' camp.

Libyan troops recapture key oil terminals from militia. Libyan commander's seizure of oil ports risks new conflict.

Zimbabwe opposition parties say to protest for election reform.

S Sudan leaders 'profit' as country suffers during war.

Congo opposition walks out of talks on presidential vote delay.

Zambia court rejects opposition bid to block Lungu's inauguration.


Belarus' parliamentary election more open, but still marred by ‘irregularities’.

Ukraine says prepared to hold 'good faith' talks with Russia on $3 billion debt.

Germany, France seek stronger EU defense after Brexit: document.

US response to 9/11 caused chaos & hurt France – Hollande.

Catalans rally in support of independence from Spain.

Greece blames creditors over economy’s inability to recover.

Austria delays presidential vote re-run to December 4. Austria postpones presidential election.

Former British leader David Cameron to leave Parliament.

EU to investigate Barroso over Goldman Sachs job.


Obama, Hill leaders meet ahead of federal funding deadline.

Pneumonia brings Hillary Clinton's health back as hot issue.

White House campaign casts a shadow over 9/11 anniversary.

Venezuela's troubles overshadow Non-Aligned Summit.

Brazil's ex-Speaker faces losing seat over Swiss bank accounts. Brazil's former speaker faces ouster from Congress over Swiss accounts.

Colombia's FARC apologizes for taking captives during conflict.

Colombia Farc rebels hand over child soldiers.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte to accompany royals on tour of Canada.

White House: Snowden should return to US to face charges.


Obama to veto 9/11 victims bill.

Terrorist threat hasn't abated 15 years after 9/11, top Army general says.

Gulf states condemn law letting 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia.

Lockerbie bomber al-Megrahi’s son moving to Scotland to clear father’s name.


Market rebound: Dow rallies 240 points as rate hike odds dip.

Economists: US growth expected for at least 2 more years.

Samsung shares hit by Galaxy Note 7 debacle.

Iran & Saudi Arabia boost oil output ahead of freeze talks.

Facebook says will learn from mistake over Vietnam photo.

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