Syria rebels battle IS as US, Russia plan airspace talks
Rebels battled Saturday to reverse an Islamic State group advance on Syria's Aleppo, as Washington said it would resume talks with Moscow to avoid accidents in the skies over the war-torn country. Moscow meanwhile continued its aerial campaign in Syria, launching a series of new strikes overnight and into Saturday targeting areas in and around the regime stronghold of Latakia province. In the northern province of Aleppo, Islamist rebels including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham group recaptured one of several villages seized by IS in its Friday advance, a monitor said.
Twin bombs kill 30 at pro-Kurdish rally in Turkish capital
By Ece Toksabay and Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - At least 30 people were killed when twin explosions hit a rally of hundreds of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists outside Ankara's main train station on Saturday in what the government described as a terrorist attack, weeks ahead of an election. A Reuters reporter saw bodies covered by flags and banners, including those of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), with bloodstains and body parts scattered on the road. Witnesses said the two explosions happened seconds apart shortly after 1000 am as crowds gathered for a planned march to protest over a conflict between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in the southeast.
Thousands demonstrate in Germany against EU-US trade dealBERLIN (AP) ? Thousands of people are gathering in the German capital to protest against a planned trans-Atlantic free trade pact.
At least 30 dead in 'terrorist' attack on Ankara peace rally
At least 30 people were killed Saturday in twin explosions in Turkey's capital Ankara, targeting activists gathering for a peace rally organised by leftist and pro-Kurdish opposition groups. A Turkish government official told AFP that the authorities "suspect that there is a terrorist connection," without giving further details.
US clings to 1-point lead in Presidents Cup
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) ? Branden Grace delivered two big shots in gathering darkness Saturday that kept the International team within one point of the Americans going into a final day at the Presidents Cup that finally has some drama.
Platini appeals against FIFA ban
UEFA chief Michel Platini has appealed against a 90-day suspension imposed on him by world governing body FIFA as part of an ongoing corruption investigation, a close associate said on Saturday. Lawyers for Platini, who is also a vice-president of FIFA, lodged the appeal at the organisation's Zurich headquarters, the associate said. Platini's action comes a day after FIFA chief Sepp Blatter also lanched an appeal against a similar 90-day ban from all football-related activities imposed on him.
N. Korea ready for 'any' US war, leader tells anniversary parade
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un said Saturday his country could fight any war provoked by the United States, as he presided over a vast military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party. Thousands of troops marched through the capital followed by columns of tanks, armoured vehicles and ballistic missiles, in what was tipped to be one of the largest ceremonial displays of military strength in North Korea's history. Dressed in his customary dark Mao suit, Kim struck a more belligerent note than in previous public addresses, telling the assembled masses in Kim Il-Sung square that North Korea could fight any war begun by the US.
30 killed, 126 injured in Ankara bomb attacks
China publishes draft rules to regulate online car hailing services
China on Saturday published draft rules to regulate online car hailing businesses, a booming sector where U.S. firm Uber Technologies Inc and Chinese rival Didi Kuaidi have been aggressively competing for market share. The draft rules, published on the website of the Ministry of Transport, said they are aimed at maintaining order by strengthening supervision of online car hailing apps. Like in many other countries, the legality of car hailing services has vexed regulators in China where the authorities say drivers are operating outside the law.
N. Korea parades missiles, drones in anniversary celebration
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) ? North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared Saturday that his country was ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at a lavish military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the North's ruling party and trumpet his third-generation leadership.