World News Briefs — September 13, 2019

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Turkish and US military vehicles drive on a joint patrol in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town on the border with Turkey, on September 8, 2019.

CNN: More US troops could go to Syria to help reduce tensions with Turkey

The US military is weighing shifting a small number of additional troops to northeast Syria as part of ongoing efforts to establish a buffer zone along the Syria-Turkey border, a US defense official tells CNN.

The defense official said no decision had been made, and that if any additional forces are sent to Syria they will likely be redeployed from elsewhere in the region. The troops would patrol the proposed buffer zone.

The US and Turkey have been working to establish the buffer zone, which the US calls a “security mechanism,” in northeast Syria as part of a bid to prevent a military incursion into the area that would target Syrian Kurdish groups, a potential operation that the US fears could undermine the fight against ISIS.

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MIDDLE EAST

U.S. won’t send more troops to Syria for joint Turkish patrols.

With Gaza war talk, Russia visit, Netanyahu fights on in election race.

Netanyahu: War with Gaza ‘could happen at any moment’.

Netanyahu denies report of Israeli spying near White House.

Former head of Israeli intelligence blasts ‘antisemitic’ report that Benjamin Netanyahu wiretapped Donald Trump’s White House.

Trump says he does not believe Israelis are spying on the U.S..

Europe urges Iran to cooperate with UN nuclear watchdog. European powers urge Iran to return to nuclear accord compliance.

Unable to vote, Palestinians shrug off Israel’s elections.

Six UAE servicemen killed in accidents in Yemen: report.

Britain’s move to join U.S. Gulf mission frustrates European plans.

Taliban visits Moscow days after Trump says talks ‘dead’.

U.S. destroyer sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade talks.

Taliban wanted a deal with the US, but negotiators, leadership at odds even before Camp David meeting called off.

US puts sanctions on N.Korea hacking groups behind major thefts.

Trump willing to meet again with North Korean leader.

S Korea’s Moon, Trump to meet amid hopes for fresh N Korea talks.

South Korea president under fire for equally blaming Seoul, Pyongyang.

Pakistan’s ambassador to Germany: India must end Kashmir lockdown.

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters hold colourful lanterns bearing pro-democracy slogans over the city’s iconic skyline in fresh city-wide rallies.

New Zealand announces registry to track firearms.

UN warns two million people in Somalia at risk of starvation.

Refugee crisis in Libya and Niger making slow headway, says UN.

Tunisia sees 26 candidates for lively presidential election.

Deposed Tunisian President Ben Ali in hospital.

WHO warns it’s running out of money to fight Ebola.

US sanctions Uganda’s ex-police boss for rights abuses.

South Africa sexual violence protesters target stock exchange.

Ex-Zimbabwe leader Mugabe to be buried at national monument.

Britain may need a second Brexit referendum, says former PM Cameron.

Boris Johnson ‘won’t be deterred’ from Brexit on 31 October.

Johnson, Juncker to meet in a bid for a Brexit breakthrough.

Brexit: Ireland doubts Boris Johnson can do a deal with EU.

Russia ready for Ukraine peace talks but sets preconditions.

Paris hit by anti-Macron transport strikes.

Judge orders Julian Assange jailed until U.S. extradition hearing.

At least 10 held for flying drones in restricted airspace at Heathrow.

Top Canadian police intelligence officer charged with leaking secret information.

Twitter restores some blocked Cuban official accounts.

McCabe lawyer presses Justice Department to drop criminal case.

Buttigieg, Warren pledge Afghanistan withdrawal even without Taliban peace deal.

O’Rourke at Democratic debate: ‘Hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15s’.

‘The situation is dire’: Argentinians protest over food crisis.

Juan Guaidó faces questions over links to organised crime groups.

Tropical storm nears northern Bahamas, complicating Dorian relief.

Bolivia election poll sparks blowback after rivals appear to gain on Morales.

Canada’s Trudeau says he could one day challenge Quebec ban on religious symbols.

Brazil says U.S. offer for help on Amazon appears more effective.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US to reveal Saudi official allegedly tied to 9/11 attackers.

New sanctions could extend to allies of Hezbollah in Lebanon: U.S. envoy.

Europe moves to curb ISIS antiquity trafficking.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

US stock indexes end mixed; S&P 500 notches 3rd weekly gain. S&P edges lower as Apple weighs, trade tensions ease.

Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google emails demanded in U.S. House panel probe.

China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans, pork.

Panel steps up US antitrust probe with Big Tech request.

London Stock Exchange strongly rejects Hong Kong’s US$36.6 billion surprise takeover bid, says Shanghai is ‘preferred’ partner.

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