World News Briefs — October 9, 2019

Daily Mail: ‘It’s a bad idea’: Donald Trump blasts Turkish air strikes on Syrian Kurds and ISIS fighters saying he ‘does not endorse’ Erdogan’s ‘Operation Peace Spring’ to ‘neutralise terror threats’ following withdrawal of US troops

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his fresh offensive into northern Syria had begun today
* ‘Operation Peace Spring’ launched in a bid to ‘bring peace to the area’ by targeting ‘terrorists’ near the border
* Turkish President Erdogan attacked Kurds along the border who had allied with the US in war against ISIS
* Commanders warned of a ‘humanitarian disaster’ and chaos in refugee camps if planned invasion goes ahead
* Kurds called up civilians to the army, telling them to ‘do your duty’ as Damascus vowed to resist any invasion
* Trump had agreed to withdraw US troops from Syria and hand control of the military operation to the Turkish
* US President said Turkey’s incursion into Syria was a ‘bad idea’ and that the US ‘does not endorse this attack’

Donald Trump has blasted the Turkish airstrikes on Syrian Kurds and ISIS fighters, saying he ‘does not endorse’ President Erdogan’s long-awaited military assault in Syria today.

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of the offensive – called ‘Operation Peace Spring’ – in northern Syria this afternoon in a bid to ‘bring peace to the area’ by targeting Kurdish fighters whom Ankara regards as ‘terrorists’.

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey launches offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Kurds issue ‘general mobilization’ call ahead of anticipated Turkish strike.

U.S.’s Pompeo urges Iraq’s prime minister to tackle protesters’ grievances.

Saudi Aramco hits out at lack of resolve over attacks.

Iran’s Rouhani urges Turkey to avoid military action in Syria.

Khamenei: Nuclear weapons forbidden by Islam, so Iran will not use them.

Yemen fuel shortage: health concerns rise as rubbish piles up.

ASIA

UN declares US strikes in Afghanistan unlawful.

US air attacks in May on Afghan drug labs killed 30 civilians: UN.

Satellite images reveal China is destroying Muslim graveyards where generations of Uighur families are buried and replacing them with car parks and playgrounds ‘to eradicate the ethnic group’s identity’.

U.S. imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Muslim treatment.

China condemns U.S. visa restrictions over treatment of Muslims.

Pakistan thanks China for ‘support on Kashmir issue’.

India confirms China summit, with just two days to go.

Protests over Bangladesh student death as PM vows to punish killers.

AFRICA

Niger president says kidnapped US aid worker alive and well.

Deadly rebel raid in Rwanda awakens painful memories.

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

Jailed Tunisia presidential candidate Karoui to go free: lawyer.

South African students suffering hunger crisis.

Zimbabwe economy: Doctors strike, reject government pay rise.

Zimbabwe electricity price shoots up by 320%.

EUROPE

Negotiations between Britain, EU end without Brexit deal.

EU sees hope in Brexit talks; Irish leader sees wide gaps.

Boris Johnson tells Tory MPs if Brexit delayed he would not fight election on no-deal platform – as it happened.

UK court delays key Brexit ruling until after EU summit.

Germany falls in global competitiveness ranking.

Russia brands opposition leader Navalny anti-corruption group a ‘foreign agent’.

Passenger train headed for Russia evacuated after radioactive spike.

AMERICAS

Trump seeks to discredit entire impeachment.

Graham: Syria decision could be ‘biggest mistake’ of Trump’s presidency.

Graham tells Pelosi GOP won’t impeach Trump over Ukraine call.

Ecuador protests erupt for sixth day over fuel subsidy cuts. Ecuador paralyzed by national strike as Moreno refuses to step down.

Haitian opposition rejects president’s appeal for dialogue.

Ex-Colombian President Uribe testifies in witness tampering case.

Mexico mayor tied to car and dragged along by angry locals.

Adobe shuts down Photoshop in Venezuela.

Power outages begin in California amid hot, windy weather.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Pentagon won’t take over Islamic State prisons if U.S.-allied Kurdish forces withdraw, officials say.

Germany shooting: two killed as gunman target synagogue in Halle.

Mali’s main jihadist group claims deadly army base attacks: media.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Facebook CEO to appear before Congress on currency plan.

Tech giants face higher tax bills under shake-up.

China accuses Apple of aiding Hong Kong protests with tracking app.

NBA in damage-control mode as more Chinese partners cut ties in Hong Kong protest tweet storm.

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