Monday, September 26, 2016

World News Briefs -- September 26, 2016

BBC: Syria conflict: US and UK rhetoric 'unacceptable' - Russia

Russia has criticised the US and UK for using "unacceptable" tone and rhetoric in speeches on Syria at the UN, after being accused of "barbarism".

On Sunday, US permanent representative Samantha Power said Russian and Syrian forces were "laying waste" to besieged rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that such language might damage efforts to end the five-year civil war.

Activists meanwhile reported dozens of fresh air strikes on Aleppo overnight.

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Air strikes pound rebel-held Aleppo districts. Aleppo: Bodies litter floor at makeshift hospital.

Russia dismisses war crimes claims as Aleppo campaign continues.

Syrian foreign minister says cease-fire agreement 'not dead'.

US military hits another Islamic State chemical weapons facility in Iraq.

Erdogan: Mosul offensive will commence October 19.

Ahmadinejad allies say Iran leader told him not to run again.

Six soldiers killed in clashes with militants in southeast Turkey: sources.

Christians, Jews in Turkey growing more fearful of Islamic extremism.

Israeli official: Gaza underground wall to be done in months.

Israeli consortium signs gas deal with Jordan.


India's PM says Pakistan's support of terror is destabilizing Asia.

Afghan forces 'kill Pakistan Taliban commander Azam Tariq'.

China probes North Korea bank suspected of nuclear link - South Korea paper.

China to build outposts for Tajik guards on Tajikistan-Afghanistan border.

New HRW report charges Pakistan police with torture, extrajudicial killings.

Philippines' Duterte wants to 'open alliances' with Russia, China.

Hague court to arbitrate in East Timor-Australia maritime border dispute.


Nigeria military: 8 soldiers killed in attacks by extremists.

Man purporting to be Boko Haram leader taunts Nigerian military in video.

At least 13 killed in clashes in central DRC.

South Sudan’s Riek Machar calls for armed struggle.

Moroccan party to oppose 'creeping conservatism' in October vote.

Ali Bongo to be sworn in as Gabon president Tuesday.

Big South African union backs Ramaphosa as next president.


France's president visits Calais, calls for demolition of the 'jungle'.

UK appears headed for 'hard Brexit', Scots minister says after talks.

Azerbaijanis vote on boosting president's powers. Azerbaijan votes in controversial referendum to increase president's powers.

Switzerland votes in referendum for increased government surveillance. Swiss endorse new surveillance powers.

Italy warns Swiss over Swiss-first employment referendum.

Knives out for young pretender Macron in French presidential race.

Bosnian Serb referendum backs disputed 9 January holiday.

Spain's Socialist chief calls for leadership race to review government options.


Poll: Clinton, Trump in virtual dead heat on eve of first debate.

Colombia and FARC prepare to sign historic pact. Colombia, Marxist rebels to sign accord ending 52-year war.

Colombia's President Santos says Farc deal must rebuild country.

Fears for Mexico's economy grow as the peso nears the 20 to the dollar mark.

Iran releases Canadian academic held since June.

Brazil police arrest ex-finance minister Palocci in graft probe.

Charlotte ends curfew imposed after black man shot by police.


ISIS hacker gets 20 years for giving terrorists US military kill list.

Spanish police arrest two accused of supporting Islamist militants.

War crimes tribunal for IS detainees lacks support.


Opec plans fresh oil price talks says energy minister.

Deutsche Bank shares plummet to record low as Merkel rules out bailout.

China slowdown is global economy's biggest threat, Rogoff says.

Twitter may be sold for $16bn, but unclear if it's up for sale.

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