Friday 4 September 2015

Turkish jets join US-led coalition strikes on IS

Turkish jets took part in US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.   "Our jets started last night to carry out air operations with coalition forces against IS targets in Syr


LA committee backs bid to host 2024 Olympics

A committee of the Los Angeles City Council voted on Friday to support an effort to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, ahead of a deadline next month for US Olympic organisers to decide on an American city to bid for the games.   The US Olympic Commi


Ceasefire breaks down in three areas in Syria

A ceasefire in a Syrian town near the Lebanese border and two villages to the north has broken down after renewed shelling, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Saturday.   The truce between the Syrian army and the Lebanese group Hezb


Autos lift US consumer spending, sentiment slips

US consumer spending rose in July as households stepped up automobile purchases, offering further evidence of strength in the economy that keeps the door open to a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year.   While other data on Friday showed consumer sentime


Rebekah Brooks back in News Corp as UK chief

Rebekah Brooks will return to her old job heading Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, the Financial Times reported, just over a year after being cleared of criminal charges in a phone-hacking scandal. Her return to News Corp could be as soon as early September, the F


Gold eyes biggest weekly drop in five on US data

Gold traded flat on Friday, on track to post its biggest weekly drop in five as strong US economic data supported the case for a near-term increase in interest rates.   The upward revision in US economic growth in the second quarter to 3.7 per cent from the init


British service sector growth surges in August

Growth across British services companies surged in August, adding to signs that the strong pace of economic upturn has continued into the second half of this year, a business survey showed on Friday.   The Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) survey sho


Boat with migrants sinks off Libya, 200 feared dead

A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died.   A security official in the western town of Zuwara, from where the overcrowded boat had set off, said there had around


UN chief sets out framework for Syria poison gas probe

Success of a new international inquiry aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapons attacks during Syria's four-year-old civil war will require full co-operation of all warring parties, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.   The remarks were i


Greek judge appointed caretaker PM ahead of elections

Greece's top Supreme Court judge was sworn in as caretaker prime minister on Thursday to lead the country to elections next month, ending a week of political deadlock after leftist leader Alexis Tsipras resigned.   Vassiliki Thanou, an opponent of austerity

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