Tuesday, October 15, 2019

World News Briefs -- October 15, 2019 (Evening Edition)

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives prior to welcoming the 2019 National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Reuters: Trump to meet U.S. lawmakers on Syria at White House on Wednesday: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the congressional foreign affairs and armed services committees are to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Syria, congressional aides said on Tuesday.

Those invited include the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the chairman and ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees, as well as the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, the sources said.

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Erdogan says Turkey will never declare ceasefire in northern Syria.

Putin invites Erdogan to Russia as Turkey advances in Syria.

Donald Trump slaps sanctions on Turkey, demands ceasefire in Syria. Trump announces sanctions against Turkey.

Foreign aid in northeast Syria fully halted: Kurds.

Turkey detains mayors of Kurdish party opposing Syria push.

Iran oil tanker damage from apparent missile attack captured in new photos.

Lebanon calls for help as forest fires spread.

IMF sharply cuts Iran, Saudi growth forecasts.

Iraq cut the internet, and the economy suffered.


85 civilians killed, 373 wounded during Afghan election campaign: UN.

Hong Kong leader rules out concessions in face of escalating violence.

U.S. concerned about some Hong Kong protest tactics, heavier hand of Beijing: Pentagon official.

U.S. wants China to press North Korea to be more constructive in talks: Pentagon official.

Japan dismisses North Korea damages request after collision.

Japan cleans-up after deadly typhoon Hagibis. Japan typhoon Hagibis death toll rises to 66 as rescuers continue search for missing.

Bangladesh imposes more restrictions on Rohingya refugees.


Heavy clashes sweep through southern Libya's Tripoli.

Nigerian police raid frees scores of beaten, starved boys.

Ugandan MPs press for death penalty for homosexual acts.

Mozambique votes in key test for peace deal.

Guinea: Several killed in protests against new constitution.

Tunisia election: New President Saied promises to fix economy.

Zimbabwe's govt workers stay home as wages evaporate.

Violence against women: South African police take to streets.

Ethiopia landslide kills 22 amid fears of more destruction.


Macron on course for clash with Merkel over EU talks with Balkan hopefuls.

Brexit deal within reach in last-ditch talks, but doubts remain. EU, U.K. negotiators closing in on a draft deal: Brexit update.

EU says Britain must address Brexit deal doubts within hours.

EU leaders could meet later in month on Brexit.

Ukraine peace plan in limbo after inconclusive talks.

Clashes erupt in Barcelona as Catalan separatists protest sentences for leaders.

British police issue a city-wide ban on climate change protests in London.

EU sees spike in Afghan migrants as many leave sanctions-stricken Iran.

Second Greek migrant camp in flames as arrivals continue to rise.

Russian police raid opposition anti-corruption group.


U.N. peacekeeping mission to Haiti ends after 15 years with mixed legacy.

Pence, Giuliani will not cooperate in U.S. House impeachment inquiry.

Graham throws support behind Trump's Turkey sanctions.

Trump hits Democrats over private hearings with former officials, 'most of whom I do not know'.

Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy, admits 'mistake,' denies he did anything 'improper'.

U.S. says Guatemala must agree to asylum pact to get development aid.

Ecuador repeals law ending fuel subsidies in deal to stop protests.

Canadian early voting rises, tight race prompts talk of need for partners.

Fourteen police dead in Mexico gun ambush.

American lawyer serving as Micronesia's assistant AG shot dead while returning home from run.


French court imprisons female jihadist group for failed terror plot.

US: No 'major' breakout of Islamic State militants in Syria.

As Syrian troops move in, Australian IS captives plead 'don't let us fall into the hands of the regime'.


Global stocks jump on report Brexit deal may be close, oil slips.

IMF warns world growth slowest since financial crisis.

China’s 2019 growth rate again cut by IMF as US trade war, Brexit leaves world economy in ‘precarious’ position.

GM, union close to deal to end month-long UAW strike: sources.

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