International  August 29, 2016
Clashes between Turkey, US-backed Kurds in Syria 'unacceptable' for US
Turkish forces began a two-pronged operation against IS and Kurdish fighters from the PeopleClashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are "unacceptable", the Pentagon said Monday, calling on all sides to "stand down".In a statement sent to AFP, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook condemned the fighting south of the Syrian town of Jarabulus."We are closely monitoring reports of clashes sou...  Full Story
Burkinis, Islam's role in France cause sparks in presidential race
Former French Prime Minister Alain Juppe (L) and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (R) pictured together in Paris on July 7, 2016The campaign to choose a centre-right candidate for the French presidential election has already descended into clashes between former president Nicolas Sarkozy and his main rival Alain Juppe over bans on the burkini swimsuit.The opening barbs between the two leading candidates for November's first-ever centre-right primary came after several Frenc...  Full Story
IS-claimed bombing against Yemen recruits kills 60
Yemeni men, loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, take part in a military training in the city of AdenAn Islamic State group militant rammed his explosives-laden car into an army recruitment centre in Aden on Monday, killing 60 people in the deadliest jihadist attack to hit the city in over a year.Yemen's army, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, is training young recruits to join its nationwide war against Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies, as ...  Full Story
Brazil's Rousseff to face accusers in impeachment showdown
Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff rides a bicycle in the area around the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia on August 28, 2016Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff will confront her accusers Monday in a dramatic finale to a Senate impeachment trial likely to end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest country.Rousseff's testimony will come just hours before a final vote to decide her fate, with everything pointing to her being convicted.Rousseff, 68, is ...  Full Story
Uzbek president in intensive care after brain haemorrhage
Uzbek President Islam Karimov speaks during a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart following their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 26, 2016Strongman Uzbek President Islam Karimov, who has dominated the Central Asian nation for over 25 year, is in intensive care after suffering a brain haemorrhage, his younger daughter said Monday."My father was hospitalised after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage on Saturday morning, and is now receiving treatment in an intensive care unit," Lola Karim...  Full Story
Kerry says evidence of IS links to Bangladesh extremists
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shake hands ahead of a meeting in Dhaka on August 29, 2016US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday there was evidence to link the extremists behind a recent series of deadly attacks in Bangladesh to the Islamic State group.Bangladesh's government has staunchly denied that IS or any international jihadist network has gained a foothold in the country.Instead it has blamed local extremists for a deadly s...  Full Story
Everybody hurts: Russian radio airs from psychiatric hospital
Patients suffering from mental illness, mostly schizophrenia, present a radio show broadcast live from the Alexeyev psychiatric hospital in Moscow on August 20, 2016A radio show broadcast live from a Moscow psychiatric hospital every Saturday kicks off with a jokey jingle -- "Radio Through the Looking Glass, it's nuts!"This is a station with a difference: Russia's first to transmit from a psychiatric institution whose presenters are all being treated for mental illness, mostly schizophrenia.And it's not just a...  Full Story
Libyan forces corner IS fighters in Sirte
Forces loyal to LibyaLibya's pro-government forces on Monday cornered Islamic State group jihadists in their last holdouts in the coastal city of Sirte, after heavy fighting that left dozens of dead and wounded.The battle for IS's North African stronghold was launched more than three months ago by forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).Lo...  Full Story