Tuesday, September 20, 2016

World News Briefs -- September 20, 2016

The Guardian: Russian planes dropped bombs that destroyed UN convoy, US officials say

If confirmed, the claim of direct Russian involvement in the bombing that killed at least 20 people in Syria would have far-reaching consequences

US defence officials now believe that Russian planes dropped the bombs that destroyed a UN aid convoy that killed at least 20 people, the Guardian has learned.

The claim of direct Russian involvement in the bombing, if confirmed, would have far-reaching consequences. Earlier on Tuesday, Ban Ki-moon used his farewell address to the UN general assembly to denounce it as a “sickening, savage and apparently deliberate attack”, describing the bombers at “cowards”, and UN officials have said it is a potential war crime.

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UN suspends all convoys in Syria after attack on aid trucks. U.N. suspends aid convoys in Syria after hit, ICRC warns on impact.

U.N. says attacks on convoy continued despite pleas to stop.

UN head: World leaders 'have blood on their hands' over Syria conflict.

Russia's Lavrov, U.S.'s Kerry are meeting in New York on Syria.

Syria opposition slams 'total weakness' of international community.

Iraqi forces launch operation to drive Islamic State from town south of Mosul.

France wants international Mideast conference this year. France's Hollande blames Syrian government for ceasefire failure.

Obama urges Israel end occupation and Palestinians accept Israel.


Indian soldiers kill suspected militants in clashes at Kashmir frontier.

US general: North Korea 'will' develop nuclear capabilities to hit America.

US and China to cooperate in restraining North Korea.

Report: Taiwan building anti-aircraft gun towers in South China Sea.

Afghan intelligence service destroys al Qaeda base in Zabul.

Duterte critic took bribes, Philippine felons tell Congress members.

Indonesia rejects U.S. research estimate of 100,000 'haze' deaths.


DR Congo opposition HQs torched after deadly protests. Congo death toll hits 44 in anti-Kabila unrest: rights group.

Air strike kills civilians in central Libya: doctor, eyewitness.

Libyan authorities ​search for Canadian and two Italians abducted at border.

Somali militants call on followers to stage election attacks.

Five million Somalis now going hungry.

Somalia slams Kenya for dragging out maritime border row.

Obama, Buhari at U.N. discuss fight against Boko Haram.

South African police clash with protesters at Wits University.

Gabon rivals reach tenuous deal on poll recount.

U.N. Burundi inquiry identifies crimes against humanity suspects.

Zimbabwe: Harare Central hospital suspends surgeries.


2016 could be deadliest year for refugees crossing Mediterranean.

Russia urges Kiev to implement UN human rights recommendations.

Numbers don’t lie: Statistics point to massive fraud in Russia’s Duma vote. Phantom voters, smuggled ballots hint at foul play in Russian vote.

Merkel offers Bavaria 'mea culpa' in hint at fourth term.

Every 5th person in Germany is from migrant family – study.

'Fear is always present': Lesbos blaze highlights worsening conditions for refugees.

Work begins on Calais wall to stop refugees trying to board lorries to UK.

EU accepts Bosnia and Herzegovina's membership application.

'World thirsts for peace', pope tells religious leaders.


Clinton, Trump joust on domestic security after weekend attacks.

George H.W. Bush for Democrat Clinton? A Kennedy says so.

Obama hits at populist strongmen in last UN address.

Brazil judge orders corruption trial for ex-President Silva.

As peace nears, Colombia's FARC rebels reunite with lost families.

At U.N., Brazil's Temer says Rousseff's ouster was constitutional.

Pilot killed as U-2 spy plane crashes in California.

50% of American guns owned by 3% of population – study.


U.S. sanctions jihadist Syrian rebel group Jund al-Aqsa.

U.S. man to plead guilty to conspiring to help Islamic State.

FBI looked into New York bombing suspect in 2014, found no terrorism ties.

Device found in NYC resembled type used against US troops.


Wall Street ends flat with Fed, BOJ up next.

UN calls first ever crisis talks on SUPERBUGS amid fears antibiotic-resistant diseases could spark economic and security meltdown.

Oil rebounds from 6-week low on OPEC speculation; gasoline tumbles.

Global trade deal threatens Paris climate goals, leaked documents show.

Senators push Wells Fargo CEO on pay clawbacks after bogus accounts.

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