Saturday, October 15, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 15, 2016

Reuters: U.S. seeks regional path to Syria peace at Lausanne talks

Syria talks with a fresh format but few fresh ideas opened in the Swiss lakeside town of Lausanne on Saturday, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry seeking a new path to peace after failing to secure a ceasefire in direct talks with Russia.

Kerry hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and seven foreign ministers from the region - from Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt - three weeks after the collapse of a painstakingly crafted U.S.-Russian ceasefire plan that many saw as the last hope for peace this year.

Lavrov has said he has "no special expectations" for Saturday's meeting. A senior U.S. State Department official said he foresaw no major announcement at the end of the day.

"This is going to be, as it has been now for several years, a very difficult process," the U.S. official said.

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US-led coalition increases airstrikes on militant-held Mosul.

Iraqi special forces arrive outside militant-held Mosul.

Iraq Kurdish leader says time for Mosul battle to begin.

Iraq: Suicide bombing kills Shia worshippers. Suicide bombing, shootouts kill around 55 in Iraq: police.

Turkey's Erdogan says Iraq cannot handle Mosul assault alone.

Turkey-backed forces attack IS stronghold in Syria. Turkey-backed Syrian rebels attack Islamic State's Dabiq: rebel. Turkish-backed Syria fighters advancing on IS-held Dabiq: Erdogan.

Aleppo rebels outgunned but confident as siege bites.

UK and US both consider military options amid warnings Russia will 'flatten' Aleppo.

As Syria's war rages, US and Russia back at diplomatic table.

Saudi coalition attacked Yemen funeral based on wrong information: investigation. Arab coalition says it 'wrongly targeted' Yemen funeral.

‘Limited & proportionate’: Obama vows to continue ‘self-defense’ strikes in Yemen.

Explosion kills 5 at top Yemeni commander’s funeral service in Marib.

Iran leader urges polls transparency, rejects foreign meddling.


Taliban threatens 5 provincial capitals in Afghanistan.

Militants ambush security convoy in Indian Kashmir, killing two.

Tensions heated as Russian border patrol opens fire on North Korean vessel.

Xi, Modi hold talks amid India frustrations.

Putin, Modi inking deals at BRICS summit. India, Russia agree missile sales, joint venture for helicopters.

Many die in India stampede on way to Hindu religious event. Stampede kills 24 including 19 women as thousands of guru's followers try to cross Indian bridge at once.

Thai king death: Thousands queue to pay respects at palace.

Regent to stand in as grieving Thailand awaits new king.

China: Last Tiananmen Square prisoner Miao Deshun to be released after 27 years.


11 dead, 50,000 displaced in week of Somali bloodshed: UN.

Week of violence in South Sudan kills 60, government says.

Militants kill 12 military personnel in Egypt's Sinai.

Egypt retaliates against Islamist militants after North Sinai attack.

Egypt's Sisi defends 'tough but unavoidable' economic reforms.

Gunmen kill 11 in C. Africa camp: UN.

Blow to Libya unity government as rival seizes offices.

Libyan forces advance in Sirte, 14 troops killed, officials say.

Nigerian military confirms attack on state-owned NNPC's oil pipeline in Delta.

Destitute migrants pile up in Djibouti as Yemen sends boats back.

South African government demands end to violent student protests.

American aid worker abducted in Niger. US non-government worker 'seized in Niger'.

Nigeria's President Buhari: My wife belongs in kitchen.


Russian flagship aircraft carrier departs for Syria coast.

Russia slams 'unprecedented' US threats over cyber attacks.

Merkel: won't drop EU market-immigration link for Britain. Britain can't get full single market access with free movement concessions: Merkel.

Belgium snag for EU-Canada trade deal Ceta.

Hundreds in Warsaw protest free-trade deals with US, Canada.

Poland to examine remains of president killed in 2010 plane crash over Russia.

France pays tribute to victims of Nice attack. French national ceremony marks three months since deadly Nice truck attack.


Clinton senses big victory after Trump's week of self-inflicted defeat.

Survey says Americans are getting stressed by the elections.

Kansas mosque: Three men accused of plot to bomb Somalis.

Colombia's president extends ceasefire with FARC through yearend.

Argentina demands UK halts military exercise in disputed Falklands. Argentina lodges protest against planned UK military drills in Falklands.

Haiti to hold presidential election redo in late November. Storm-hit Haiti to hold delayed elections on 20 November.

A decade of crop loss from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

Venezuela's Maduro signs 2017 budget, bypassed Congress cries foul.

Mexico aims to extradite "El Chapo" to US by February.

Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice among 4 killed in B.C. plane crash.

US-Cuba ties: Rules eased on cigars and rum.


Obama meets with national security team on Syria, Islamic State.

Algerian forces kill commander of Islamic State affiliate behind French murder: source.

The caliphate's cubs: 'Islamic State' and child soldiers.


Judge rejects Libya fund's claim that Goldman Sachs duped it.

Climate change: 'Monumental' deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be banned from aircraft in the US. Samsung takes £4.4bn hit to profits from Note 7 fallout.

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