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Day: October 16, 2019

Hong Kong leader abandons policy speech after heckles from lawmakers

Hong Kong’s embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on Wednesday after she was heckled by rowdy opposition lawmakers during chaotic scenes inside the city’s legislature. The speech by chief executive Carrie Lam was billed as an attempt to win hearts and minds after four months […]

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EU and UK scramble for Brexit deal on eve of key summit

British and European negotiators ploughed on with Brexit talks Wednesday hoping that a deal can be found in time for this week’s European summit. Brexit minister Steve Barclay described the closed-door meeting as “intensive” but confirmed Britain would ask for another Brexit extension if there was no deal […]

Turkey defiant on Syria operation as US demands ceasefire

Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria on Wednesday as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected any negotiations, telling parliament the only way to solve Syria’s […]

Fearing US abandonment, Kurds kept back channels wide open

WASHINGTON — When Syria’s Kurdish fighters, America’s longtime battlefield allies against the Islamic State, announced over the weekend that they were switching sides and joining up with Damascus and Moscow, it seemed like a moment of geopolitical whiplash. But in fact, the move had been in the works […]

Turkey: Patriotic sentiment on display amid Syria operation

AKCAKALE, Turkey — National soccer team players give military salutes during international matches, Turkish flags flutter from balconies and storefronts, songs extolling the glory days of the Ottoman Empire blare from a border town’s loudspeakers, punctuated by the occasional boom of outgoing artillery. Since Turkey announced its incursion […]

Turkey calls on Kurdish fighters to lay arms, vacate border

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey — As Russia and the United States each launched diplomatic forays to end Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday defied pressure for a ceasefire and said the only way the offensive would end was if Syrian Kurdish fighters leave a […]

Chinese snooping tech spreads to nations vulnerable to abuse

BELGRADE, Serbia — When hundreds of video cameras with the power to identify and track individuals started appearing in the streets of Belgrade as part of a major surveillance project, some protesters began having second thoughts about joining anti-government demonstrations in the Serbian capital. Local authorities assert the […]

Turkey defies its NATO allies in Syria, as Russia steps in

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Russia said it was working to prevent a conflict between advancing Turkish and Syrian government forces on Wednesday, as Turkey’s president defied growing pressure and sanctions from Western allies for a cease-fire in northern Syria. Russia has moved quickly to further entrench its leadership role […]

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