Wednesday, September 7, 2016

World News Briefs -- September 7, 2016

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BBC: Islamic State: Turkey and US 'ready to invade capital'

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested he and the US are ready to drive so-called Islamic State (IS) from its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

Mr Erdogan said US counterpart Barack Obama floated the idea of joint action against the militants when they met at the G20 meeting in China.

He said Turkey would have "no problem" with such action.

Last month Turkey launched an operation inside Syria, targeting both IS and Kurdish rebels.

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UN: Fighting displaces 100,000 in central Syria in 8 days.

Syrian regime blamed for new toxic gas attack.

Syrian opposition coalition to announce democratic transition plan.

EU lawmakers seek help to preserve Syria, Iraq mass graves.

Top Saudi cleric says Iran leaders not Muslims as haj row mounts.

Yemeni official says rebels forced children to carry arms.

Iran vessel 'harasses,' sails close to U.S. Navy ship in Gulf: U.S. officials.


Asean meeting: Focus on South China Sea dispute.

Taliban offensive nears Afghan provincial capital.

US to work with UN on tighter sanctions against North Korea.

Obama says Asia foreign policy focus not 'a passing fad'.

Philippines unveils images of Chinese island building on disputed shoal.

After insult, U.S. and Clinton call for Duterte to show respect.

Exclusive: Maldives president's corruption revealed.

Kofi Annan vows to lead impartial Myanmar mission.

Former Japan PM accuses Abe of lying over Fukushima pledge.


Tunisia hosts new round of Libyan political talks.

Gabon election: Ali Bongo criticises EU over vote 'anomalies'.

Nigerian army says arrests Avengers leader, other militants.

Exclusive: Nigerian army faces new dangers in Boko Haram campaign.

Refugees from Boko Haram return home, excited but fearful.

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga rejects South Africa luxury cars.

Prostitution 'easiest way out' for Zambia's drought-stricken farmers.


Angela Merkel defends immigration policy after election blow. Merkel: Germany will remain Germany despite migrant influx.

Austria threatens to sue Hungary if it refuses to take back migrants.

Camerawoman who 'tripped refugees' in Hungary faces charges.

French police foil possible terror attack, arrest suspects.

Kremlin warns of retaliation after US expands sanctions list.

Putin plans no meetings with Poroshenko — Kremlin.

Ukraine's President warns of European appeasement of Russia.

Panama Papers: Denmark buys leaked data to use in tax evasion inquiries.

Greece fined €10m for breaking EU waste rules.


Senate GOP introduces bill demanding return of 'ransom' from Iran.

Rousseff leaves Brazil presidential palace for last time.

Suspected gang members shoot down police helicopter in Mexico.

Nicaragua grants asylum to El Salvador's former president.

Police in Brazil arrest 2 suspected terror supporters.

Struggling to feed families, Venezuelans abandon pets.

Obama nominates Muslim American for federal bench.


US reports three counterterrorism strikes in Yemen killed 13 al-Qaeda fighters. Yemen strikes kill al-Qaeda fighters, says US.

IS loss of border area with Turkey sharply harms group.

Australia's PM gives terror warning at Asean summit.

Senior Bush officials write to oppose Saudi 9/11 bill.


Banks say they will 'wait and see' on Brexit moves abroad.

Apple expected to unveil new iPhone 7.

Apple tax: Irish tax criticisms 'unfair' says Noonan.

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