Germany reports scary clown incidents, fights hoaxesBERLIN (AP) ? A man in northern Germany has reported being attacked by someone in a clown costume wielding a baseball bat, while a woman said she was accosted by a man in a clown mask with a chain saw, police said Friday.
Turkey's Syrian operations aimed at destroying terrorists, PM saysISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's activities in Syria are aimed at destroying terrorist organizations and securing its border, and it discusses all of its operations with coalition partners, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday. Yildirim's comment, to a group of reporters, were shown live by state-run broadcaster TRT. This week Turkish air strikes pounded a group of Kurdish fighters allied to a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria, highlighting the conflicting agendas of NATO members Ankara and Washington in a complex battlefield. ...
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UK's May says all options must be considered to end Aleppo attacksBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday the European Union must consider all options to put pressure on Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo. Speaking at a news conference after her first European Union since taking office, she said she had argued for a robust and united message on Syria. "We were very clear about the role of Russia and very clear about the need for the EU to give the clear statement it has, and, ... if the atrocities continue, to consider all options and that is exactly what we will be doing," she said.
Tunisian lawyers go on strike over new, austerity-driven taxes
Several hundred attorneys held a symbolic protest outside the palace of justice in downtown Tunis where, dressed in their court gowns, they chanted "Down down with the shameful law" and "We are united in the fight". Attorneys are the latest group to join protests against Prime Minister Youssef Chahed's measures to cut the budget deficit and increase government revenues by levying new taxes and freezing public wage increases. Under pressure from international lenders for reforms to cut spending, spur growth and create jobs, Chahed has proposed a broad package of initiatives, but he must also manage social unrest that his measures may trigger.
"Libyan Coast Guard" craft attacks migrant boat, at least four dead - Sea Watch NGOAn NGO rescue group said on Friday that the crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" had attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing at least four to fall into the water and drown. "The violent intervention of the Libyan Coast Guard caused a situation of mass panic on board the rubber boat in distress," Sea Watch said in a statement. "One tube of the rubber boat collapsed, causing the majority of the 150 people to slip into the water." The Sea Watch crew were still conducting rescue operations, but had already recovered four bodies, Sea Watch spokesman Ruben Neugebauer told Reuters.
Merkel threatens sanctions on Russia over Aleppo bombingGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday demanded an end to attacks by Syrian government forces and Russia on the northern city of Aleppo, adding that the European Union would take measures against both if the "barbaric" campaign continued. This applies to Russia," Merkel said in Brussels. EU leaders condemned Russia for its bombing of civilians in the besieged city of Aleppo but faced resistance from Italy to impose new sanctions against Moscow over the atrocities.
Tom Hanks sees US election warning in thriller 'Inferno'
LONDON (AP) ? Embedded within the manic action of "Inferno," the latest big-screen adaptation of a Dan Brown thriller, is a warning about the dangers of seeking simple solutions to complex problems. Star Tom Hanks says it's a theme with echoes in the current U.S. presidential race.
Philippines says just doesn't want to be dependent on the U.S. and WestThe Philippines will not renege on treaties and agreements with established allies even as it pulls away from dependence on the United States and the West, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said on Friday. Ernesto Abella said Duterte's announcement that Manila would "separate" from the United States was a "restatement of his position on charting an independent foreign policy". Duterte wanted to "separate the nation from dependence on the U.S. and the West and rebalance economic and military relations with Asian neighbors," like China, Japan and South Korea, Abella said in statement.