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Kurds strike deal with Syrian government amid Turkish onslaught

Kurds strike deal with Syrian government amid Turkish onslaughtPresident Trump's decision to move U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey to launch an assault against the Kurds, prompted the Kurds on Sunday to reach a protection deal with the Syrian government.Under this agreement, Syrian government troops will be able to enter Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria for the first time in years, The New York Times reports. The United States and the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia, spent the last several years as allies, fighting against the Islamic State.There are still ISIS sleeper cells in Syria, and many fear that the Turkish invasion could lead to the terror group's resurgence. Thousands of suspected ISIS supporters are being held in prisons guarded by Kurds, and hundreds escaped during fighting on Saturday and Sunday. Two U.S. officials told the Times the military recently tried to transfer five dozen "high value" ISIS detainees, but feeling betrayed, the Kurds said no.The Syrian government, which counts Iran and Russia as its allies, said on Sunday it will fight the "Turkish aggression," while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his troops have control over about 70 square miles of territory in northern Syria. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday morning announced all American troops will withdraw from northern Syria, in order to stay out of the crossfire.



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China removes former head of securities regulator from government post after corruption probe

China removes former head of securities regulator from government post after corruption probeSHANGHAI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The former head of China’s top securities regulator, Liu Shiyu, has been removed from a government position following an investigation by the country’s anti-corruption watchdog, the watchdog said on Friday. Liu “severely violated political discipline and political rules”, received gifts and used his power and position to seek personal gains for others, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement. Liu will remain a member of the Chinese communist party, the watchdog said.



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Iraq cleric Sadr demands government resign as deadly protests spike

Iraq cleric Sadr demands government resign as deadly protests spikeIraqi firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr called on the government to resign as violence spiked Friday across the country and protesters clashed with police on the fourth day of deadly demonstrations against corruption and unemployment. The former Shiite militia leader, whose bloc is the biggest in parliament, said in a statement that in order to avoid further deaths “the government should resign and early elections should be held under UN supervision”. At least 60 people have died over four days of bloody protest across Iraq, the Iraqi Human Rights Commission said late Friday, without specifying how many were civilians or security forces.



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Government may seek $4.3 billion interim dividend from RBI: media reports

Government may seek $  4.3 billion interim dividend from RBI: media reportsThe Indian government may request an interim dividend of around 300 billion rupees ($ 4.3 billion) from the Reserve bank of India (RBI) in order to meet its fiscal deficit target, Mint newspaper reported on Sunday citing news agency Press Trust of India (PTI). The government is likely to seek the dividend payment towards the end of the April-March financial year to meet the government’s fiscal deficit target of 3.3% of gross domestic product, government sources told the PTI. The federal government could request an interim dividend of 250 billion to 300 billion rupees from the RBI during the current fiscal year, one source said, adding that a final assessment would be made in early January.



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Ocasio-Cortez calls for government bailout to help struggling NYC cab drivers

Ocasio-Cortez calls for government bailout to help struggling NYC cab driversRepresentative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now backing up a financial rescue for those who were lured into predatory loans.



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Robert Mugabe to be buried in home village as Zimbabwe government abandons mausoleum plans

Robert Mugabe to be buried in home village as Zimbabwe government abandons mausoleum plansThe tussle over Robert Mugabe's burial took a new twist on Thursday when the government of Zimbabwe abandoned plans to inter him at a national cemetery following pressure from his family.  Mugabe will now be buried at his home village of Zvimba in accordance with his family's wishes, the government of Zimbabwe has said. "The family of the late former president R G Mugabe has expressed its desire to proceed wit his burial in Zwimba. In line with Government policy to respect the wishes of families of deceased heroes, Government is cooperating with the Mugabe family in their new position," President Emmerson Mnanagwa's office said in a statement.  The family was not immediately reachable for comment, but local media said the burial would take place at a private ceremony on Saturday. Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until he was overthrown in a coup in 2017, died in a Singapore hospital at the age of 95 on September 6.  His state funeral on September 14 was overshadowed by a tug of war between his widow, Grace Mugabe, and Mr Mnangagwa, the former right-hand man who overthrew him two years ago.   Mr Mnangagwa had insisted on burying him at Heroes' Acre, a cemetery Mugabe founded for veterans of Zimbabwe's independence war and where a plot has long been set aside for hims alongside the grave of his first wife, Sally Mugabe.  But Mrs Mugabe and other members of the family  said the former president had changed his mind about being buried at Heroes' Acre after the 2017 coup.     They wanted to bury him alongside his mother and brothers in Zvimba, the rural district about 50 miles from Harare where he grew up.   Two weeks ago the government appeared to have won when a deal was announced to build a new mausoleum for Mugabe at the highest point in Heroes Acre, rather than lay him to rest in the plot next to Sally.  Mr Mnangagwa, who is attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, is under increasing pressure at home over a spiraling economic crisis.



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Israeli minister urges unity government to stave off 'blow-up' in Iran tensions

Israeli minister urges unity government to stave off 'blow-up' in Iran tensionsIsrael’s energy minister on Friday warned tensions between Iran and the United States were reaching a breaking point and an Israeli unity government deal was needed to stave off the threat of conflict following an inconclusive election last week. Washington has blamed Iran for a Sept. 14 attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, and on Thursday announced it would send radar systems and Patriot missiles to the kingdom to bolster its defenses. Iran denies carrying out the attack.



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Netanyahu tasked with forming new Israeli government

Netanyahu tasked with forming new Israeli governmentIsrael’s president tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new government Wednesday after last week’s deadlocked elections, but the premier faces a tough battle in negotiating a coalition deal to keep him in power. President Reuven Rivlin mandated Netanyahu to try to form the government after his initial attempts at negotiating a unity deal between the prime minister and his main challenger Benny Gantz failed. Netanyahu again called for a unity government when accepting the mandate from Rivlin, but the two sides appear a long way from a compromise.



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Netanyahu tapped by Israel's president to form new government

Netanyahu tapped by Israel's president to form new governmentIsrael’s president tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday with assembling a new government after power-sharing talks with his strongest rival, Benny Gantz, failed following an inconclusive election. Accepting the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin at a televised ceremony, a politically weakened Netanyahu said his chances of success were only marginally higher than those of Gantz, a former general who heads the Blue and White party. In his remarks, Netanyahu seemed to envision a scenario in which he and Gantz would be able to take another stab at power-sharing once it became clear there was no way out of the current deadlock, save for a third election that few in Israel wanted.



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Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Tapped to Form New Government After Repeat Election

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Tapped to Form New Government After Repeat ElectionCorinna Kern/ReutersIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been nominated to form a new government, the country’s president, Reuven Rivlin, announced Wednesday. “The meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz has concluded. In a short time, the responsibility for forming the government will be given to Benjamin Netanyahu, after which President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu will give remarks,” Rivlin tweeted on Wednesday.Shortly thereafter, Netanyahu made a televised appearance confirming the decision. “Tonight, I received the mandate to establish the government from the hands of President Reuben Rivlin. I thank him and thank you, citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu said Wednesday. “I will make every effort to establish the only government possible for Israel at this time—a broad national unity government.”Rivlin chose Netanyahu over the prime minister’s main rival, centrist Benny Gantz. If Netanyahu proves unsuccessful at forming a government—once again—Gantz will likely be given a chance.Israel’s unprecedented repeat election earlier this month delivered yet another deadlocked vote, falling short of what was necessary for Gantz to unseat Netanyahu as the next prime minister. If Gantz’s Blue and White party had gained enough votes, it would have signaled an end to Netnayahu’s record-setting 10 consecutive years in the position. The final tally instead saw Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party adding an extra seat in parliament. The election was the second time within a year that Israelis were asked to vote for a prime minister. Netanyahu and Gantz first went head-to-head in April, but when results from that election were deemed too close to call, the whole country was left on a cliffhanger. After both men declared victory and Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government, it was decided that a do-over election would be held months later. The decision marked the first time in the country’s history that new elections were forcibly held due to a failure to form a government.Israel Elections a Cliffhanger for Netanyahu, New Hope for His OppositionDespite being given a second chance to form a government, Netanyahu is still facing three separate corruption cases that include charges of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust. Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has said he intends to indict Netanyahu, but will officially decide whether to press charges after a long-delayed hearing in October. Squelching the charges is expected to be the prime minister’s first order of business after forming a government. Netanyahu is relying on his hard-line religious and nationalist allies to grant him immunity from prosecution—but in order for that to be a possibility, he first has to secure a 61-seat majority in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. With only 55 seats in parliament that officially endorsed his bid for another term—only one more than Gantz’s 54 seats—the prime minister now has 28 days to assemble a 61 seat majority. Netanyahu faces an unenviable uphill battle to close that crucial six-seat deficit to form a coalition government.Netanyahu was unsuccessful last time around in large part because of one man: Avigdor Liberman. Once Netanyahu’s political partner and director-general of his office, the prime minister later publicly disavowed his actions, leading Liberman to quit the post. When he returned to politics, Liberman created his own party and became a volatile member of the Knesset, quitting or getting fired at least five times. In the last election, it was Liberman’s refusal to join his party in a coalition with Netanyahu that precipitated the do-over election.Netanyahu Lost. His Enemies Won. But Who Can Govern Israel?In an effort to lock down a majority at the polls, the prime minister aggressively campaigned on protecting national security in hopes of firing up his nationalist base.With only a few months to turn the tide from the last national election, Netanyahu made unfounded claims that Arabs—which make up about 20 percent of the country’s population, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics—conspired with his opponent to steal the election. The prime minister also claimed that areas where the ethnic group is prevalent have fallen victim to voter fraud, and unsuccessfully proposed setting up cameras in polling stations on election day, an idea that was largely seen as an attempt to suppress Arab Israeli turnout. The tactics are reminiscent of Republican efforts in the United States to question traditional vote counting procedures, and President Trump’s unfounded claims of voter suppression.To Win Re-Election, Bibi Netanyahu Is Waging ‘Wars’ at Home and AbroadRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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