At least 12 dead after UN aid convoy hit in Syria

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • The United nations says one of its aid convoys has come under attack in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The convoy was carrying food and medicine for Syrians trapped in the flashpoint city. A UK-based monitoring group says the assault left at least 12 Red Crescent workers dead.
  • The Syrian Army says it has repelled an attack by foreign-backed militants on a military base on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo. The army said the terrorists were seeking to take control of the base that had been recaptured by government forces earlier this month.
  • Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is in Cuba on an official visit aimed at expanding bilateral ties. During the 1-day stay, Rouhani sat down with President Raul Castro his older brother and predecessor Fidel to discuss a number of agreements in various fields including trade and energy.
  • North Korea says it has successfully test-fired a new high-power satellite rocket engine as part of its space program. The test was supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Pyongyang is reportedly planning to launch a satellite in October to mark the 68th anniversary of the ruling Workers Party of Korea.
  • The police chief in the US city of Tulsa says the black man fatally shot by police last week, was unarmed. Investigators say 40 year old Terence Crutcher was approached by officers who were probing a vehicle when he was shot. Crutcher’s family is calling for criminal charges against the officers.
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says US authorities have confirmed that Saturday’s bomb blast in the city’s Chelsea district was an act of terror. This after police detained a suspect of the bombings in New York City and New Jersey. The man has been identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami.
  • Amnesty International has called on the US and the UK to immediately stop supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia amid concerns over use of the weaponry in Riyadh’s war on Yemen. The rights group confirmed that a US made bomb was used in the Saudi deadly attack on an MSF hospital in August.
  • A massive fire has forced thousands of refugees to leave the Moria detention center on the Greek island of Lesbos. Police say nearly all tents and prefabricated homes inside the facility caught fire in the incident. There have been no reports of casualties so far.


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