World News Briefs — October 8, 2019 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Ahead of offensive, Turkey says it strikes Syria-Iraq border

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s military struck the Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, as Ankara prepared to attack following a surprise U.S. troop pullback, Turkish officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

Turkey says it is ready to advance into northeast Syria now that the United States has begun withdrawing troops from the Turkey-Syria frontier in an abrupt policy shift by U.S. President Donald Trump widely criticized in Washington as a betrayal of America’s allies, the Kurds.

As Turkish troops finalize plans, the government’s scheme to move millions of refugees into conquered territory in northeast Syria is alarming some Western allies as much as the military operation itself.

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey confirms strikes on Syrian border ahead of offensive: report.

Turkey says it won’t bow to US threat over its Syria plans.

Trump says US has not ‘abandoned the Kurds’ in Syria. Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria. Trump shifts tone on Turkey in effort to halt Syria invasion.

Donald Trump reveals he is inviting Turkish strongman Erdogan to the White House next month AND calls Turkey ‘good to deal with’ in the face of Republican disgust at ‘betrayal’ of Syrian Kurds with U.S. troop pull-out.

Protests resume in Iraq’s Sadr City as uprising enters second week.

Iraq protests: Government under pressure despite lull.

Iraq’s parliament meets after protests spark political crisis.

Iran foreign minister says ready to talk with Saudis if they stop ‘killing people’.

UAE pulls some forces from Yemen’s Aden as deal nears to end standoff: witnesses.

ASIA

Hong Kong’s leader warns China’s military could step in if ‘situation becomes so bad’. Carrie Lam: China intervention in Hong Kong can’t be ruled out.

Hong Kong’s undercover medics reveal hidden toll of protests.

China state newspaper criticizes Apple for app use by Hong Kong protesters.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen orders military to ‘attack’ exile opposition leaders on sight.

Abducted Indian engineers freed in trade for 11 Taliban commanders.

Pakistan’s Imran Khan in China to talk Kashmir, economic ties.

Europeans urge strict sanctions enforcement on North Korea.

Survey: South Koreans grow wary of unification with North.

New Zealand divided over history on 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival.

AFRICA

DR Congo fighting: Thousands flee ethnic violence.

Malawi policeman stoned to death by protesters.

Egypt PM says will not allow protests to spread ‘chaos’.

Mozambique says army killed 9 jihadists in restive north.

Murder of election observer in Mozambique causes outcry.

EU observers regrets Tunisia ‘silent campaign’ ahead of vote.

Zuma’s son says not corrupt, but victim of S.African political ‘storm’.

EUROPE

Reports: Merkel tells Johnson Brexit talks close to breaking down.

Boris Johnson’s office says Brexit deal ‘essentially impossible’, blames Angela Merkel.

IMF boss Kristalina Georgieva warns of ‘painful’ Brexit.

EU concerned at new migrant wave from Turkish operation in Syria.

EU fails to cement agreement on migrants rescued at sea.

Portugal president asks Antonio Costa to form government.

Azerbaijan PM resigns, president replaces him with loyalist.

Italian lawmakers back overhaul to reduce their seats.

AMERICAS

White House tells Pelosi, committee chairs it won’t cooperate with impeachment inquiry. White House throws down gauntlet to Nancy Pelosi and says Donald Trump will not cooperate with her ‘illegitimate’ impeachment inquiry because it is ‘seeking to overturn 2016 election’.

Trump fires back on impeachment.

US Senators demand briefing on Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria.

US economy likely to keep growing: Fed’s Powell.

US detained nearly one million migrants in 12 months.

Ecuador’s government flees as thousands of protesters converge in capital. Ecuador president Moreno leaves Quito amid growing unrest. Ecuador protesters storm parliament as unrest worsens.

Seven Latam nations suggest Maduro behind unrest in Ecuador, back Moreno.

Ex-Colombian President Uribe to testify in fraud case.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is slammed as ‘a phony and a fraud’ over his blackface photos as his conservative rival lays into him during live debate.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Al Qaeda affiliate claims deadly attack on Malian army.

Ex-US commander warns Trump’s Syria retreat ‘threatens to undo’ ISIS gains.

U.S., Afghan forces kill al-Qaida south Asia leader Asim Umar.

Uncertainty over jailed ISIL suspects’ fate in Syria before looming push.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Indexes tumble as visa restrictions fuel U.S.-China worries.

Chinese e-commerce platforms block Houston Rockets’ merchandise after backlash over GM’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protests.

New U.S.-China trade talks threatened by escalating tensions.

Hong Kong drops £32bn bid for London Stock Exchange.

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