Tuesday, September 27, 2016

World News Briefs -- September 27, 2016 (Evening Edition)

NBC: Aleppo Battle: Syrian Troops Advance on City Center; Hospitals Overwhelmed

The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo appeared to be turning Tuesday after government forces reportedly wrested a central neighborhood away from one of the rebel groups that has been fighting the brutal regime.

Syrian state television reported that regime forces had taken over the Farafra neighborhood, a once thriving area near the city's famed citadel that has been reduced to ruins.

But the battle was far from over, and trapped rebels told NBC News they would fight to the end.

"We will stay here until we die or we win," activist Ali Abo Al-Jod said. "I lost my whole family, I have nothing else to lose. I will not leave. I will stay here until I die ... this is my city."

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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.

No legitimate reason for attacks on Yemen hospitals, says aid group.

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

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres in grave condition: media.


Philippine envoy's China trip on hold till 'proper time'.

U.S., Japan, South Korea consider more steps against North Korea: U.S..

Seychelles president says to resign on Oct 16 - state house.

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.


UN disappointed over latest election delay in Somalia.

Libyan leader says rival strongman to have voice in govt. UN Libya envoy warns against descent into chaos.

South Sudan rebels say government troops attack base in north, threaten retaliation.

Confidential UN report details South Sudan threats, violence.

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..


Bosnian Serb leader defies prosecution summons to Sarajevo.

More attacks foiled on French Riviera since Nice carnage: prosecutor.

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. Germany boosts security for Muslim centres in Dresden after mosque bombing.

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.


Debate appears likely to topple 36-year ratings record. Trump-Clinton debate seen by record 80.9 million TV viewers - CNN.

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.

Brazil economy 'poised' for return to growth: US treasury chief.

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.


Senators press FBI director on response to terrorism threat.

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.


OECD official says EU Apple ruling not precedent for future tax cases.

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. Saudis see oil-freeze deal possible in November, not this week.

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

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