Tuesday, September 27, 2016

World News Briefs -- September 27, 2016

Reuters: Syrian government launches Aleppo ground attack

Syrian government forces and their allies attacked the opposition-held sector of Aleppo on several fronts on Tuesday, the biggest ground assault yet in a massive new military campaign that has destroyed a U.S.-backed ceasefire.

The United States says the assault on Aleppo is proof that President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and regional allies have abandoned an international peace process to pursue victory on the battlefield after nearly six years of civil war.

Washington, which agreed a ceasefire with Russia this month that collapsed after a week, says Moscow and Damascus are guilty of "barbarism" and war crimes for targeting civilians, health workers and aid deliveries in air strikes.

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Syrian army takes rebel neighbourhood in Aleppo, military says. Syrian army, insurgents in fierce clashes in southwest Aleppo.

Aleppo civilians pay the price as bombardment continues.

Syria conflict: Aleppo evacuation corridors needed, WHO says. WHO, Red Cross say urgent to evacuate wounded from east Aleppo.

Merkel skeptical about Syria no-fly zone.

Iran says will continue supporting Syria against terrorism.

Hezbollah sees no political prospects for ending Syria war: al-Akhbar newspaper.

Civilians killed in series of bomb blasts in Baghdad.

Thousands of Saudis sign petition to end male guardianship of women.


13 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack, official says. Twelve Afghan soldiers killed in their sleep by fellow troops: official.

India, China reach 'consensus' in first high level talks on combating terror.

Pakistan warns of 'water war' with India if decades-old treaty violated.

India's Modi scraps planned visit to Pakistan for regional summit.

US hits Chinese firm with sanctions over North Korea ties. China denounces US sanctions against firm tied to North Korea.

China investigating North Korea bank’s top executives, South Korean report says.

Singapore accuses Chinese paper of fabricating South China Sea story.

Duterte: After tough talk, damage control prevails.

Taiwan's third typhoon of the month kills at least four, injures hundreds.

Kyrgyz president has recovered, may leave hospital this week: office.


South Sudan urges Sudan, neighbors not to let opponent launch rebellion.

UN calls for independent probe of DR Congo violence.

Ali Bongo sworn in as president of Gabon.

Egypt's president defends the military's economic role.

Mali Islamist jailed for nine years for Timbuktu shrine attacks.

Death toll in migrant shipwreck off Egypt rises to 194.

Halting school meals in Mali could keep thousands of children out of class: U.N..


UK 'will oppose any idea of EU army' despite impending Brexit.

Days before referendum, Amnesty criticizes Hungary over treatment of migrants.

Swiss parliament votes to ban Muslim women from wearing the Burka in public.

Dresden mosque and congress centre hit by two bomb blasts.

Flight MH17 investigators to pinpoint missile launch in rebel-held Ukraine.

Russia’s war drills come as surprise in Asia.

Azerbaijan vote lengthens Aliyev's time in office, boosts his powers.


Trump says he may hit ‘harder’ in next debate; Clinton tells reporters she had a ‘great, great time’.

Kerry fires back at McCain: I'm not 'delusional'. Kerry defends diplomacy as Russian-backed forces pound Aleppo.

Colombian government and FARC sign deal to end 52-year conflict. Colombia embarks on path to peace with historic accord.

Colombia Farc leader apologises to victims at peace signing.

EU suspends FARC from terror list, while US prefers more cautious approach.

Panama sends U.S. extradition request for ex-president Martinelli.

US owes blacks reparations over slavery: UN experts.


Pakistani Taliban, Haqqani Network, and al Qaeda operatives targeted in eastern Afghanistan.

Senate to vote on 9/11 veto override Wednesday.

U.S. Homeland Chief: Homegrown attacks an increasing threat.


WTO cuts trade forecast by a third. WTO cuts 2016 world trade growth forecast to 1.7 percent, cites wake-up call.

Saudis, Iran dash hopes for OPEC oil deal in Algeria.

China debt could wreck the global economy: Leading economist warns country could suffer a calamitous slowdown.

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