Friday, August 31, 2012

World News Briefs -- August 31, 2012 (Evening Edition)

Rebels transport explosives in Aleppo today Photo: REUTERS

Syrian Rebels Still Hold Key Strategic Neighbourhoods In Aleppo -- The Telegraph

Three fifths of Aleppo is still under rebel control, according to a local commander, despite the Syrian army pushing them back.

On Friday, a local rebel commander said anti-government militia still control 60 per cent of Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, after a month of fighting and aerial bombardment, and that the military stalemate was playing into the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents.

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Syrian rebels attack Aleppo security compounds.

U.N. all talk on Syria aid as West mulls military action.

Syrian diplomacy 'on verge of collapse'.

Syria humanitarian position worsens, tens of thousands flee: ICRC.

Iraq Kurds ready for talks over crisis, oil: deputy PM.

Israelis say UN report strengthens Iran warnings.

Iran boosts enriched uranium production, says UN's IAEA. U.N.: Iran speeding up uranium enrichment at underground plant.

Israeli attack on Iran 'would not stop nuclear programme'.


China’s coming leadership change met with a shrug. Exclusive: China's Hu seeks clean power handover with ally's promotion - sources.

Car bomb targets northwestern Pakistani city.

North Korea makes "significant" nuclear reactor progress: IAEA.

7.6 quake hits off Philippines. Quake of 7.9 magnitude strikes off Philippines: USGS.

Insurgents launch rare multiple attacks in Thai south.

Clinton begins Asia tour amid Chinese protests.

Indian Hindu nationalist lawmaker gets 28 years for 2002 massacre.

Christian girl accused of burning Koran remanded in prison.


Mabior Garang, son of South Sudan’s founder, blasts country’s leadership.

Ivory Coast using attacks as pretext for crackdown: opposition.

Tunisia democratic activists fear a tilt toward militant Islam.

Dakar rights activists rally against Gambian executions.

ICC team in Mali to investigate potential war crimes.

South Africa shocked by move to charge miners with massacre.

Angola poll opens amid fraud claims.

Nigeria introduces new currencies.


Russia's Putin calls for Stalin-style "leap forward".

Insight: Brutality, anger fuel Jihad in Russia's Caucasus.

Thousands evacuated as wildfire threatens Spanish coast.

Struggling Romanians yearn for communism.

Russian killer wrote name of convicted punk rock band on wall to mislead police.

Julian Assange: I'm going to be in the Ecuadorean embassy for a year.

Lufthansa cancels flights as cabin crews strike.


Cuba reports mixed results of labor reform.

Argentine tax agents to track all credit card buys.

Romney makes appeal to voters disappointed in Obama: ‘The time has come to turn the page’.

Isaac leaves lots of water and power outages in its wake.

Analysts: Financial impacts after Venezuela blast.

Venezuela to investigate report that Brazilian miners massacred Indian village. Amazonian community wiped out by illegal goldminers.

Amazon forest threat is greater outside Brazil.

Mexico court rejects Lopez Obrador election appeal.


U.S. drone strike kills 8 suspected militants: Yemeni officials.

'Mastermind' behind Sri Lanka cricket team attack arrested.

US adds 8 Lashkar-e-Taiba members to terrorism list.

Apple again rejects app that tracks US drone attacks.


Japan rules for Samsung in Apple battle.

Abramovich wins biggest private court case in history.

Coca-Cola 'cracks' North Korea.

iPhone 5 release date rumours mount.

'Drink less, work more', billionaire tells non-rich.

World Bank: Droughts pushing food prices sharply higher.

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