The French and Russian presidents are set for talks on Friday amid fears Russia is carrying out “indiscriminate” air strikes on Syrian militants.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry says Ankara and its allies in the US-led coalition are calling on Russia to immediately cease attacks on the Syrian opposition and to focus on fighting Islamic State militants.
By dispatching military forces to Syria—something that the Obama administration has long refused to do—Moscow has advanced its longtime objective of showcasing America’s diminishing role in the region.
Russian warplanes, in a second day of strikes, bombed a camp run by anti-government rebels trained by the CIA.
While US officials have no plans to cede Russia any ground, they also said it appears that Russian President Vladimir Putin made a dramatic chess move that the Russians have not thought through — one official even called it a “strategic blunder.”
Burkina Faso: The leader of a short-lived coup, General Gilbert Diendere, was handed over to authorities after seeking refuge in the Vatican embassy. (Reuters)
Egypt: Smugglers killed a policeman in northern Sinai near the border with Israel as he foiled a cross-border smuggling attempt. (AP)
Guinea: The country’s opposition called for upcoming presidential elections to be delayed, warning of “serious problems” that could compromise the credibility of the vote. (AFP)
Libya: Islamic State militants attacked forces guarding a main oil port with a gun assault and an attempted car bomb in an escalation of their campaign. (Reuters)
Colombia: Former President Alvaro Uribe harshly criticized the international community for having a double standard by applauding a recent breakthrough in peace talks with leftist rebels that he says undermine the nation’s rule of law. (AP)
Mexico: The country has agreed to expedite the extraditions of drug lords and suspected criminals to the US. (AP)
United States: FBI Director James Comey says the rate of growth for Americans heading to Syria to join terrorist groups like the Islamic State has dropped in recent months. (AP)
Afghanistan: A US military transport plane crashed in the country’s east, killing 11 people including six NATO soldiers. (AFP)
China: Police in the southern city of Liuzhou identified the suspect of a serial blast on 30SEP and confirmed he had been killed by the blast at the crime scene. (Xinhua)
Malaysia: The country will open its doors to 3,000 Syrian migrants over the next three years to help alleviate the refugee crisis, PM Najib Razak said. (DPA)
Philippines: A South Korean couple has been shot to death in the country, diplomatic sources said. (Yonhap)
Germany: Citizens are growing increasingly uneasy over the record influx of migrants coming to their country, costing Chancellor Angela Merkel voter support. (AFP)
Greece: An explosive device set on fire the office of a former Greek justice minister in the island of Lesvos, causing damage but no injuries. (Reuters)
Hungary: PM Viktor Orban called on the US, Australia, Israel and “rich Arab nations” to take in some of the migrants flowing into Europe. (AFP)
Region: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and the two discussed the risks posed by incitement, violent extremism and terrorism. (Xinhua)
Israel: The country has deployed hundreds of troops in a hunt for suspected Palestinian gunmen after an Israeli couple was killed in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
Syria: The Pentagon is deciding about whether the US should use military force to protect US-trained and equipped Syrian rebels if they come under fire by Russian airstrikes. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager dismissed accusations of anti-US bias over her decision to go after Google and Apple, saying such talk was a fallacy. (Reuters)
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