Turkey, Iraq reach agreement 'in principle' on Mosul, U.S. says
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:23:31 -0400
By Phil Stewart ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with President Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has previously voiced frustration that NATO member Turkey has not been more involved in the U.S.-backed assault on the Iraqi city, once part of the Ottoman empire and still seen by Turkey as firmly within its sphere of influence.
IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:23:04 -0400
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul.
The Latest: Iraqis raise flag over church in town near Mosul
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:22:57 -0400
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on the developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):
A bit of geniality, along with hostility for Trump, Clinton
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:20:31 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not always elbows and insults between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
White House confirms freedom-of-navigation operation in South China Sea
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:19:12 -0400
The White House confirmed on Friday that a U.S. Navy warship sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea and said the operation was meant to uphold nations' rights to navigation under international law. "This operation demonstrated that coastal states may not unlawfully restrict the navigation rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise under international law," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing.
Canada walks out as EU trade talks founder
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:18:52 -0400
BRUSSELS (AP) — Canada walked out of talks Friday meant to save a massive trade deal with the European Union, unable to break a deadlock with a small Belgian region that has been defying multinational efforts to have the pact signed next week.
As May debuts in Brussels, EU readies negotiating engine room
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:16:30 -0400
By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When Theresa May met Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Friday, she might just have heard the sounds of carpenters working on new offices for the European Union executive's Brexit negotiators. Having briefed fellow national leaders over dinner at her debut EU summit late on Thursday, the British prime minister had a late lunch on Friday with Juncker, whose executive staff, with their counterparts in Whitehall, will do the heavy lifting in negotiations expected to start early next year. After the glamour of sitting at the European Council top table for the first time, stepping across the road to Juncker's European Commission and its civil service may have seemed more prosaic.
US destroyer sails close to contested islands in S. China Sea: Pentagon
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:16:05 -0400
A US destroyer sailed close to a cluster of islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea on Friday, the Pentagon said, amid continued tensions in the contested waterway. The USS Decatur passed close to the Paracel Islands and "conducted this transit in a routine, lawful manner without ship escorts and without incident," Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross said. The maneuver is the third South China Sea "freedom of navigation" operation conducted this year by the United States, which has repeatedly stressed it will ignore China's "excessive" maritime claims.
Burkina Faso govt says it has thwarted coup plot
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:15:10 -0400
Burkina Faso said Friday it thwarted a "vast conspiracy" earlier this month by forces loyal to ousted leader Blaise Compaore, which aimed to seize power in the impoverished Sahel state. The plot called for attacking the presidential palace and detaining "certain authorities", said Interior Minister Simon Compaore, who is no relation to the ex-leader. Some 30 troops from the ex-president's security unit also planned to free comrades who were part of a failed September 2015 coup against the transitional government that took power after his fall, the minister said.
South Africa to quit troubled UN war crimes court
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:11:17 -0400
By Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa said on Friday it was quitting the International Criminal Court (ICC) because membership conflicted with diplomatic immunity laws, dealing a new blow to the struggling court and angering the political opposition. Pretoria last year announced its intention to leave after the ICC criticised it for disregarding an ICC order to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of genocide and war crimes, when he visited South Africa. Bashir has denied the accusations.
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