Nobel academy member calls Bob Dylan's silence 'arrogant'STOCKHOLM (AP) ? A member of the Swedish Academy that awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature to Bob Dylan says the U.S. singer-songwriter's silence since receiving the honor is "impolite and arrogant."
India launches phone app to monitor New Delhi's pollution
Pentagon chief in Iraq to see commanders, assess Mosul fight
BAGHDAD (AP) ? U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Iraq on Saturday to meet with his commanders and assess the progress in the opening days of the operation to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants.
Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance
In Aleppo, jewel of Syrian rebellion faces possible collapse
Wounded await evacuation on day three of Aleppo truce
Hundreds of wounded civilians were stranded in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo Saturday as the UN said security concerns were again preventing evacuations despite Russia extending a ceasefire into a third day. The army says it is an opportunity for civilians and rebel fighters who lay down their arms to leave. An AFP photographer in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood at one of the crossings the army has set up for evacuations said it was deserted on Saturday morning.
Turkey PM criticizes 'provocative' Iraqi leadershipTurkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday criticized Iraq's leadership, saying it was "being provocative" with recent comments and said Ankara will continue to have a presence in Iraq. Turkey has been locked in a row with Iraq's central government over the presence of Turkish troops at the Bashiqa camp near Mosul, where it has trained thousands of troops. Yildirim's comments could also give pause to chances of an agreement between Turkey and Iraq on the Mosul campaign.
Iraqi army drives Islamic State from Christian region near Mosul
By Phil Stewart and Babak Dehghanpisheh QAYYARA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi army troops on Saturday stormed into a Christian region that has been under Islamic State control since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants' last major city stronghold in Iraq. The advance took place as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived on a visit to Baghdad to meet Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and assess the campaign that started on Monday with air and ground support from the U.S-led coalition. A military statement said Iraqi units entered the center of Qaraqosh, a mainly Christian town about 20 kms (13 miles) southeast of Mosul, and were carrying out mop-up operations across the town.
Belgian shopping mall evacuated as three gunmen rob jewelry storeA Belgian shopping center was evacuated on Saturday after three masked robbers, armed with at least one Kalashnikov rifle, burst into a jewelry store in Chatelineau, 50 km (35 miles) south of Brussels, police said. Police escorted dozens of shoppers out of the Cora mall, some of whom confused the sound of glass jewelry display cases being smashed with that of gunfire, police commissioner Eric De Brabander said. Earlier, Mayor Daniel Vanderlick told the local RTL News that gunshots had been fired with a Kalashnikov.
Trump to lay out what he would do in first 100 days if elected president
(Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will lay out on Saturday what he would do in the first 100 days of his administration should he win the Nov. 8 election. Trump?s outline - which he will deliver in a speech in the historic town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - will cover his plans for boosting Americans' economic and physical security and contrast them with those of Democrat Hillary Clinton, campaign aides told reporters on Friday. Clinton published a book of her own policy ideas earlier this year.