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August 30, 2016 6:51 PM Turkey signals no let-up in Syria campaign despite Western concerns

President Erdogan arrives at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara August 30, 2016, for a ceremony to mark the 94th anniversary of Victory Day. — Presidential Palace handout pic via ReutersISTANBUL, Aug 30 — Turkey’s army chief signalled no let-up in a Syria offensive Washington has criticised for targeting US-backed Kurdish fighters as well as jihadists 10

August 30, 2016 12:30 PM A "safe zone" in Syria sounds like a great idea. It would be a disaster

The goal of a “safe zone” is a laudable one: to protect civilians from attacks in a designated area. But despite its misleadingly simplistic name, establishing a “safe zone” in Syria would put civilians in even greater danger and risk prolonging Syria’s bloody nightmare. Safe zone proponents and opponents alike can agree that the failure of the international 9

August 30, 2016 10:05 AM Indonesia declares emergency sparked by forest fires

Siti Nurbaya: Win some (in Jambi and West Kalimantan), lose some (in Riau and West Kalimantan). — Reuters file picJAKARTA, Aug 30 — Indonesian Minister of Forestry and Environment Siti Nurbaya has announced the country has been placed under emergency state due to forecasts on blazes and impacts of smoke from forest and land fires. Vietnam News Agency 8

August 30, 2016 7:30 AM ANALYSIS: Iranians confident Saudi Arabia's regional role is declining

TEHRAN - In a booth outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran a lone policeman keeps guard. He hardly needs to bother. There are no diplomats left, and the building is a ruin. The metal doors on the first-floor balcony of the abandoned villa hang open. The windows’ broken glass has not been replaced, and pigeons now nest inside. The flagpole is empty and on the front 12

August 29, 2016 6:27 AM Kerry Arrives in Bangladesh With Offer of Stronger Security Ties

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Bangladesh to offer U.S. help as the government confronts growing extremism that’s resulted in deadly attacks against locals and foreigners and raised concerns Islamic State is putting down roots in the country. In meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and others during the one-day visit, Kerry may present 10

August 28, 2016 12:43 AM Funeral tears as Italy says farewell to quake dead

Relatives of the dead sat alongside flower-covered coffins, some draping themselves across them and sobbing inconsolably. ASCOLI PICENO: Italy on Saturday bid a tearful farewell to dozens of those who died in the earthquake as the nation mourned the victims of a disaster that claimed nearly 300 lives. President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Matteo 18

August 26, 2016 9:11 PM Kerry, Lavrov Say New Syria Agreement is Close

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the situation in Syria has "dramatically deteriorated" since the "brief oasis of calm" following a cessation of hostilities agreement, and promised that the U.S. and Russia are close to a new agreement on a more durable arrangement. Kerry spoke Friday in Geneva after meeting with Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei 10

August 25, 2016 2:09 PM Kurds Begin Retreat in Syria at Turkey's Request

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), of which the Kurdish YPG militia is a critical member, has retreated east across the Euphrates river at the behest of Ankara and Washington. The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) confirmed Thursday that Kurdish forces had been asked to retreat. The SDF, made up of Kurdish and Arab fighters 16

August 25, 2016 9:13 AM Blatter mounts final FIFA ban appeal

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to be heard in the arbitration procedure involving him and the FIFA in Lausanne, Switzerland, August 25, 2016. — Reuters picLAUSANNE, AUG 25 — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter began his final appeal today against his six-year ban from football, in a long-shot quest 11

August 23, 2016 12:06 AM Dignitaries pay tribute to Singapore’s S.R. Nathan

Singapore's national flag hangs at half mast to mourn the passing of former president S.R. Nathan at the parliament house in Singapore August 23, 2016. — Reuters pic SINGAPORE, Aug 23 — A “true son of Singapore”, the late S.R. Nathan led a life that is an “inspiration to all us all”, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. “His was a story of how a young 11