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U.S. says clashes between Turkish forces and opposition in Syria 'unacceptable'

The United States on Monday criticised clashes between Turkish forces and some opposition groups in northern Syria as "unacceptable" and called on all armed actors in the fighting to stand down and focus on the fight against Islamic State. "We want to make clear that we find these clashes - in areas where ISIL is not located - unacceptable and a source of deep concern," Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the coalition to counter Islamic State, said on his official Twitter account, citing a defense department statement. "We call on all armed actors to stand down... the U.S. is actively engaged to facilitate such deconfliction and unity of focus on ISIL, which remains a lethal and common threat." Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies seized territory controlled by Kurdish-aligned forces on Sunday, the fifth day of a cross-border campaign that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers.

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:48:13 -0400
Syrian Kurdish YPG: Turkey's claim of fighting west of Euphrates pretext for land grab

The chief spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Monday that Turkey's claims that is it fighting YPG forces west of the Euphrates river in northern Syria were untrue and a pretext for seizing Syrian territory. "There are absolutely no YPG military reinforcements being sent towards Manbij. Turkey's claims that it is fighting the YPG west of the Euphrates have no basis in truth and are merely flimsy pretexts to widen its occupation of Syrian land," Redur Xelil told Reuters.

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:48:13 -0400
Lightning strike kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

In this image made available by the Norwegian Environment Agency on Monday Aug. 29 2016, shows some of the more than 300 wild reindeer that were killed by lighting in Hardangervidda, central Norway on Friday Aug. 26, 2016 in what wildlife officials say was a highly unusual massacre by nature. (Havard Kjotvedt /Norwegian Environment Agency, NTB scanpix, via AP)STOCKHOLM (AP) More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lighting in central Norway in what wildlife officials are calling an unusually large natural disaster.

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:47:29 -0400
IS suicide attack in Yemen kills 45 government fighters

SANAA, Yemen (AP) A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Monday killed at least 45 pro-government recruits who had been preparing to travel to Saudi Arabia to fight Houthi rebels in Yemen's north, officials said.

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:44:33 -0400
Kerry urges Bangladesh to step up efforts against terrorism

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Monday for Bangladesh to step up efforts to fight extremist violence and protect and promote human rights amid increasing concern about terrorism in the South Asian nation in the wake of a series of militant attacks.

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:43:53 -0400
Mylan to launch first generic to EpiPen allergy injection

EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company are seen in Washington(Reuters) - Mylan NV said on Monday it would launch the first generic to its allergy auto-injector EpiPen at a discount of more than 50 percent to the branded product's list price. The company reduced the out-of-pocket costs of EpiPen for some patients last week amid a wave of criticism from lawmakers and the public over the rapid escalation in the product's price in the past few years. Mylan said it expected to launch the generic product "in several weeks" at a list price of $300.

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:43:47 -0400
10 Things to Know for Monday

CORRECTS BYLINE TO CHARLES SYKES - Ariana Grande performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:42:39 -0400
Turkey carries out 57 artillery strikes on 16 targets in northern Syria: Turkish military source

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish armed forces carried out 57 artillery strikes on 16 militant targets in northern Syria over the last 24 hours, a Turkish military source said on Monday. The strikes targeted "terrorist groups on the move", the source told Reuters, without elaborating on whether fighters from the Syrian Kurdish YPG or Islamic State were hit. (Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan)

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:38:28 -0400
Turkish army thrusts deeper into Syria, monitor says 35 villagers killed

Turkish armoured personnel carriers drive towards the border in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian borderBy Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's army and its allies thrust deeper into Syria on Sunday, seizing territory controlled by Kurdish-aligned forces on the fifth day of a cross-border campaign that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers. Turkish warplanes roared into northern Syria at daybreak and artillery pounded what security sources said were sites held by the Kurdish YPG militia, after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported fierce overnight fighting around two villages. Turkey said 25 Kurdish militants were killed in its air strikes and denied there were civilian casualties.

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:37:13 -0400
Year-long Mars isolation experiment in Hawaii ends

The HI-SEAS habitat on the northern slope of Mauna Loa in Hawaii where six people lived in isolation for a year in a NASA experiment to prepare for a journey to MarsSix people who were isolated on a remote site in Hawaii for one year to help NASA plan for a mission to Mars emerged from their dome Sunday, happy to breathe fresh air and meet new people. The team was based on the barren northern slope of the Mauna Loa volcano, and spent their time inside a dome 36 feet (11 meters) in diameter and 20 feet tall. The experiment shows that "a mission to Mars in the close future is realistic," said French astrobiologist Cyprien Verseux in a Periscope interview by organizers posted on Twitter.

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:34:51 -0400
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