Wednesday, September 7, 2016

World News Briefs -- September 7, 2016 (Evening Edition)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) during a bilateral meeting focused on the Syrian crisis in Geneva, Switzerland, August 26, 2016.

VOA: Last-ditch Attempt Seen for Syria Cease-fire Pact

STATE DEPARTMENT/LONDON — Intensive diplomatic efforts have resumed in what some observers see as a last-ditch effort to bring about a cease-fire in Syria.

In London, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson called a meeting with the broad-based Syrian opposition group, the High Negotiations Committee, saying there is still a chance the vision of a political transition “can be made to work.”

The 25-page plan HNC leaders presented on Wednesday proposes a six-month negotiating phase between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition. After that, there would be an 18-month period in which Syria would be governed by a transitional government made up of opposition representatives, members of the current government and civil society.

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Iraq militia fighters join battle for Syria's Aleppo.

Turkey-backed forces may go deeper into Syria, Deputy PM says.

Syrians begin returning home, two weeks into Turkish offensive.

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

Syrian regime blamed for new toxic gas attack. Syrian military source says army doesn't use chlorine gas.

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. Iran-Saudi war of words heats up ahead of hajj.

Yemeni official says rebels forced children to carry arms.

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


Obama DID meet with foul-mouthed Filipino leader after he apologized for calling U.S. president a 'son of a bitch'.

South China Sea tensions persist at ASEAN.

Beijing's South China Sea claims scrutinised at summit. Asean meeting: Focus on South China Sea dispute.

UN: 93 aid workers abducted in Afghanistan in 2016.

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 U.N. chief Annan meets Muslim, Buddhist communities in Myanmar.

Former Japan PM accuses Abe of lying over Fukushima pledge.


Hundreds of South Sudan fighters transferred for medical care by U.N. Congo mission.

Somali ban on popular narcotic takes effect.

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.

Son of Equatorial Guinea leader to face trial in France: Prosecutor's office.


Britain faces long road to post-Brexit trade deals.

UK to build 'big new wall' in Calais to stop migrants.

Armenian ruling party to discuss PM resignation on Thursday: source.

Merkel strikes back, defends migrant policy after election rout. 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.


Mexican official who helped arrange Trump visit resigns: report.

U.S. House Republicans to discuss whether to impeach IRS chief.

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

Presidential ambitions put stress on Brazil's new government.

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.

Fresh protests against Venezuela's Maduro draw lower turnout.

Struggling to feed families, Venezuelans abandon pets.

Obama nominates Muslim American for federal bench.


IS's new top recruiter on US Most Wanted list.

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.


Wall Street falls as Fed officials hint at September rate hike.

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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