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Syrian army, insurgents in fierce clashes in southwest Aleppo

People ride a vehicle past a crater in the rebel-held Qadi Askar neighborhood of AleppoBEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies fought intense clashes with insurgents in the opposition-held 1070 Apartments district of southwestern Aleppo on Tuesday, senior combatant sources on both sides said. The 1070 Apartments are located next to Ramousah, the southern gateway into Aleppo. The area's capture would allow the government to ease its own access into the city while consolidating a siege on rebel-held districts. (Reporting By Angus McDowall; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:16:39 -0400
Blasts kill at least 17 in Baghdad: police, medics

Iraqi security forces gather at the site of a suicide bomb blast in Baghdad al-JadidaThree blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a commercial street in the eastern Baghdad al-Jadida area of the Iraqi capital, killing nine people and wounding more than 30, they said. Another suicide attack hit a commercial street of Bayaa in western Baghdad, killing six and wounding 22, the sources said.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:47:12 -0400
Singapore accuses Chinese paper of fabricating South China Sea story

Still image from United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly IslandsSingapore's ambassador to China on Tuesday accused a major state-run Chinese newspaper of fabricating a report about Singapore's position on the South China Sea, but the paper stuck by its story. The Global Times said on Sept. 21 that at a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Venezuela, Singapore had raised the issue of the disputed waterway and an international tribunal's ruling in favor of the Philippines in a case it lodged against Chinese claims. The influential tabloid, published by the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily, said Singapore's attempt was foiled by the opposition of "many" other countries.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:22:49 -0400
Israel's Netanyahu in a spin over dirty laundry

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends his weekly cabinet meeting, at his office in JerusalemBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't want details of his dirty laundry aired in public - and he is suing his own office and Israel's attorney general to try to prevent it. Legal documents published on Tuesday showed that the prime minister, citing a right to privacy, is asking a Jerusalem court to overturn a decision to release his laundry bills and those of his family under the country's Freedom of Information law. Israeli media have focused in the past on food and beverage expenses at Netanyahu's official and private homes.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:18:03 -0400
China upset as U.S. sanctions firm tied to North Korea nuclear program

North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in GenevaChina said on Tuesday it was opposed to any country using its own laws to carry out "long arm jurisdiction", after the United States sanctioned a Chinese industrial machinery wholesaler tied to North Korea's nuclear program. The U.S. Treasury said it was sanctioning Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Co and four of its executives, including the firm's founder, Ma Xiaohong, under U.S. regulations targeting proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. It accused the firm of acting on behalf of North Korea's Korea Kwangson Banking Corp (KKBC), which has been under U.S. and U.N. sanctions for supporting proliferation of such weapons.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:01:32 -0400
Love or hate him, EU fears losing truculent favorite Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi makes a speech during a news conference in RomeThere is plenty about Matteo Renzi, Italy's 41-year-old prime minister, for fellow European Union leaders to dislike. This would raise new questions about Italy's stability just as Rome has taken a turn in the sun of EU attention following the British departure.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:36 -0400
Sunk migrant boat lifted from the sea bed off Egypt

ROSETTA, Egypt (AP) A Europe-bound boat that sank while carrying hundreds of migrants, killing at least 170 of them, has been lifted from the bottom of the sea.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:01:47 -0400
Syrian government forces advance in Aleppo old city: monitors

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces advanced against rebels in the Old City of Aleppo on Tuesday as part of a major offensive launched last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported. A senior rebel official in an Aleppo-based faction said there were clashes in the Suweiqa area of the city, but did not report a government advance. Syrian state television reported an advance by government forces near the city's ancient citadel. (Reporting by John Davison and Tom Perry; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:59:52 -0400
NATO says Aleppo attacks 'blatant violation of international law'

A Syrian man carries the body of a child retrieved from under the rubble of a building following a reported air strike in Aleppo on September 23, 2016NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the "morally totally unacceptable" bombardment of the Syrian city of Aleppo broke international law, and urged Russia to take genuine steps to restore a ceasefire. "The appalling attacks on Aleppo have shaken all of us, and the violence and the attacks we have seen, also on an aid convoy, is morally totally unacceptable and is a blatant violation of international law," Stoltenberg told a news conference in Bratislava. Stoltenberg did not identify the Syrian regime or its ally Moscow as being behind the pounding of the city by warplanes in which dozens of civilians including children have died, or a deadly attack on an aid convoy in Aleppo province last week.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:59:44 -0400
Surge in wind power output hits German spot

Workers build a wind turbine close to the city LuckauPARIS (Reuters) - European spot electricity prices for day-ahead delivery tumbled on Tuesday on the back of a sharp jump in wind power supply in Germany and a fall in demand in France, while forward power prices retreated from previous-day highs as crude oil fell. Power supply from German renewable wind sources will rise by almost 15 gigawatts (GW) day-on-day on Wednesday to 16.5 GW, according to Thomson Reuters data. Solar output will also remain high at about 4.7 GW on Wednesday although down by 840 megawatts (MW) compared with the previous day. ...

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:57:23 -0400
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