A group of knowledge tales that may have been blindsided by the US presidential election.
Whereas the US presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dominated worldwide headlines on Tuesday, Russia introduced that it was getting ready to resume its air strikes on Syria’s Aleppo and Kurdish troops in Iraq declared that that they had seized the city of Bashiqa close to Mosul.
Here is a selection of news stories that you may have missed:
1,Russia preparing renewed strikes on Syria’s Aleppo “in coming hours”
Russia is making ready to renew air strikes across the Syrian metropolis of Aleppo “in coming hours”, the Inter fax information company cited a supply within the Russian defence ministry as saying on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Kremlin had stated Russia’s air power would preserve a moratorium on strikes in Aleppo except opposition fighters launched an offensive.
Syrian military takes strategic Aleppo district
In the meantime, the Syrian military stated on Tuesday it had taken a strategic district of Aleppo, in what would mark crucial advance within the divided metropolis by Syria’s authorities and its allies in weeks. But, rebels stated the battle was not over.
The 1070 Flats district is on the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo and lies alongside the federal government’s hall into the elements of the town that it controls.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that displays the battle, stated authorities forces and their allies had seized full management of 1070 Flats.
However officers in two insurgent teams preventing in Aleppo stated their forces have been nonetheless making an attempt to battle again.
2,Iraqi Kurds say they seized ISIL-held town near Mosul
Iraqi Kurdish forces have seized the city of Bashiqa close to Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also referred to as ISIS) group, an official stated on Tuesday.
Capturing Bashiqa can be a remaining step in securing the jap approaches to Mosul, three weeks into an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the nation’s second metropolis.
Bashiqa was beneath the “full management” of Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Jabbar Yawar, secretary common of the Kurdish regional ministry chargeable for the fighters, informed AFP information company.
“Our forces are clearing mines and sweeping the town,” Yawar stated.
An AFP correspondent on the outskirts of Bashiqa stated clashes have been ongoing, with three air strikes hitting the city.
Peshmerga fighters stated there have been nonetheless some suicide bombers and snipers there, and that about 5 p.c of Bashiqa remained beneath ISIL management.
Iraqi forces have been tightening the noose round Mosul since launching the offensive on October 17, with elite troops final week breaching metropolis limits.
3,Venezuela says oil spill managed, Orinoco unaffected
Venezuela’s state oil firm PDVSA stated on Tuesday it had managed a crude spill in a northeastern state and dominated out any contamination of the huge Orinoco river.
A pipeline leak on the locality of Santa Clara, in Anzoategui state, was mounted and although rains carried crude into the close by Aribi river, that’s nonetheless 80km from the Orinoco, PDVSA stated in a press release.
Opposition politicians and native media have accused PDVSA of masking up an “ecological catastrophe” with as much as 100,000 barrels spilt because the leak started final week.
Although it didn’t give figures, the corporate denied that.
4,Germany rejects Turkey’s assertion that Berlin backs the PKK
German International Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday rejected a declare by his Turkish counterpart that Germany supported the outlawed Kurdistan Employees’ Get together (PKK), saying such “extremist events” had been banned in Germany.
“The PKK and different extremist events are banned as terrorist teams right here. They’re criminally prosecuted,” Steinmeier mentioned.
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“That’s the reason I can not perceive the feedback made about Germany at the moment in Turkey. Repeating the claims doesn’t make them proper.”
Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused Berlin on Tuesday of permitting the PKK and leftist DHKP-C, each of which have carried out assaults in Turkey, to function on German soil with impunity
5,European Union agrees on new sanctions for Crimea
European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday new targeted sanctions against Crimean officials, adding to restrictive measures adopted after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
“The Council adopted new listings under the restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” Slovakia’s Finance Minister Peter Kazimir told a news conference at the end of a meeting of the Council of EU finance ministers.
He was replying to a question on whether new sanctions have been imposed on Crimean officials. Slovakia holds the rotating presidency of the EU until the end of the year.
A list of 151 people and 37 entities are already subject to visa bans and an assets freeze in the EU for their role in the annexation of Crimea or the Russia-backed rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
The annexation of Crimea has not been internationally recognised and the region is also subject to economic sanctions including bans on importing goods produced in Crimea, investing or providing tourism services there.
6,India’s Modi pulls 500, 1,000-rupee notes to battle graft
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday introduced that 500 and 1,000-rupee banknotes can be withdrawn from the monetary system at midnight, saying it was a part of a crackdown on rampant corruption.
The shock step seems to be designed to convey billions of value of money in unaccounted wealth into the mainstream economic system.
“Black cash and corruption are the largest obstacles in eradicating poverty,” he mentioned in an handle to the nation.
New 500 and a couple of 2,000-rupee denomination notes will probably be issued later, he added.