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.
In Aleppo, jewel of Syrian rebellion faces possible collapse
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.
Iraq pushes into town near Mosul after IS assault on Kirkuk
BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) ? Iraqi forces pushed into a town near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul on Saturday after a wave of militant attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk set off more than 24 hours of heavy clashes, with ongoing skirmishes in some areas.
Russian helicopter crash kills 19 in Siberia
Nineteen people died when a helicopter carrying oil and gas field workers crashed in a remote area of Siberia in bad weather, Russian investigators said Saturday. The Mi-8 helicopter carrying 22 people including three crew crashed Friday night in the far-northern Yamalo-Nenetsky region some 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles) northeast of Moscow, investigators said. Photos published by the emergencies ministry showed the helicopter broken into pieces and lying on snowy moorland close to woods.
Canada says EU's 'job' to save trade pact
Canada turned up the heat on the EU Saturday, saying it was the bloc's "job" to save a trade pact put in doubt by a Belgian region's refusal to sign on. Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian trade minister, was firm after leaving last-ditch talks with European parliament head Martin Schulz to salvage the proposed accord that is seven years in the making. "Now the ball is in Europe's court and it's time for Europe to finish doing its job," she said, adding that she was returning to Toronto on Saturday.
The Latest: IS attacks convoy near Mosul
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) ? The Latest on developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):
Aleppo city quiet on third day of ceasefire, some clashes
Calm prevailed across the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, the third day of a unilateral ceasefire announced by Russia, but medical evacuations and aid deliveries have yet to take place, a war monitor said. No Syrian or Russian air strikes on the eastern rebel-held side of Aleppo, Syria's most populous city before the war, have been reported since Russia began the pause in hostilities on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.