Tuesday, October 4, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 4, 2016

Reuters: Syria peace efforts must continue despite break with Russia: Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday efforts to end Syria's war must continue despite Washington's decision to break off talks with Moscow over what he called its "irresponsible" support for President Bashar al-Assad.

The United States on Monday suspended talks with Russia on implementing a ceasefire deal in Syria, accusing Moscow of not living up to its commitments to halt fighting and ensure aid reached besieged communities.

"We are not giving up on the Syrian people and we are not abandoning the pursuit of peace," Kerry said in a speech in Brussels.

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Aleppo battle: Assad sends thousands of reinforcements. Syrian government press in their offensive on Aleppo. Rebels fend off Aleppo assault as nations seek to rebuild peace process.

US halts Syria talks with Russia as air strikes destroy major hospital in Aleppo.

IS suicide bomber kills 30 at Kurdish wedding in Syria.

UN rights chief warns Russia over Syria raids.

Kerry attacks Russia after Syria talks fail.

Offensive on Iraq's Mosul may produce a million migrants: Turkey.

Turkish soldier killed in base attack in mainly Kurdish southeast.

Turkey purges 13,000 police officers over failed coup.

Turkey cuts growth forecast for 2016 to 3.2 percent.

Yemen central bank crisis raises new famine fears.

Yemen's Houthis voice conditions for possible peace talks.

Saudi Arabia says starts naval exercises in Gulf.

Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his family file federal lawsuit against Iranian government.


Afghan forces retake Kunduz center, but fighting continues on the outskirts.

Questions over Afghan defenses as troops clear Kunduz city.

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan: U.S. military.

World powers seek more dollars to keep Afghanistan running.

Pakistan says India distracting military from terrorism fight.

Philippine leader tells Obama 'go to hell', says can buy arms from Russia, China.

Philippine-US annual war games begin despite tensions between Duterte, Obama.

U.S. warships make landmark visit to strategic Vietnam port.

India to see 'big conflicts' over forest land despite law: activist.


US hits ISIS Libya positions as air war rages on.

Civilians killed by shelling in Libya's Benghazi: hospital official.

Protesters and police clash at South African student demonstration.

DR Congo deadline for removal of South Sudan fighters.

Congo's Kabila: election day delayed to allow more preparation.

Burundi opposition leader released after days in police custody.

Refugees stranded in Somalia after Kenya eviction.

Rule of law declines for 70% of Africans over past decade, warns Ibrahim index.

Zimbabwe losing $1 billion a year to corruption: report.

Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader 'shot dead' in Egypt. Egypt says it killed senior Muslim Brotherhood leader in shootout.


IMF warns of hit to UK economic growth.

Northern Ireland could veto Brexit, Belfast high court told.

Opposition MP's car explodes in Georgia's capital, injuring passersby.

More than 6,000 migrants rescued from Mediterranean in one day.

EU deal clears deportation of unlimited Afghan refugees.

German taxman goes after foreign banks.

Germany drops Turkey President Erdogan insult case.

Paris deal on climate change is sealed as EU ratifies agreement.

Spain opens 'biggest corruption trial'.

Russian Prosecutor claims Nemtsov's killers paid $240,000 for murder.


Hurricane Matthew: Category Four storm pounds Haiti. Hurricane Matthew slams Haiti, takes aim at US East Coast.

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange signals release of around 1 million documents before US election.

Colombia and Farc scramble to rescue peace deal amid worries of return to war. Colombia's President Santos keeps up push for Farc peace deal. Colombia government, rebels in crisis talks after 'No' to peace deal.

Elections over, Brazil tackles unpopular spending reforms.

Some gas stations in Venezuela to accept Colombian pesos, U.S. dollars.

Poll finds vast gaps in US climate views.

US Census: Record 42.4M immigrants, 23% of school kids, Muslims biggest jump.


Ex-CIA detainees describe previously unknown interrogation tool.

Maryland man accused of plotting attack on U.S. service member for ISIS.

Republicans: Military broke law searching for Gitmo alternative.


Backlash to world economic order clouds outlook at IMF talks.

Google Pixel phones and Home speaker take on Siri and Echo.

Apple still a star without Steve Jobs, but doubts linger.

Yahoo scanned customer emails for US intelligence agencies: report.

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