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Mexico’s Top Police Chief out After Execution Allegations

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Mexico’s president has dismissed the chief of the federal police less than two weeks after the country’s human rights commission released a scathing report alleging federal police "executed arbitrarily" at least 22 suspected drug cartel members

Pentagon Calls on Turkey to Stop Fighting Kurds

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Olivier Douliery/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon is calling on Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies to stop fighting America’s Syrian Kurdish allies in northern Syrian because it is taking attention away from the fight against ISIS.

The United States has called on Turkey to “stay focused on the fight against ISIL and not to engage Syrian defense forces,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at a Pentagon news conference Monday, using an alternate name for ISIS.

He said there had been various senior-level contacts in recent days with Turkey to make that point and that he would do the same in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart next week.

Last week’s Turkish offensive that captured the ISIS-held border town of Jarabulus has resulted in a chaotic situation where various Syrian and Kurdish rebel groups supported and trained by the United States have clashed in battle because of pre-existing animosities.

The Turkish force that retook Jarabulus also includes a Syrian rebel force previously trained by the Pentagon to fight ISIS. They have pushed south of Jarabulus to take on Kurdish fighters aligned with the Syrian Democratic Forces who have pushed north from the recently captured city of Manbij.

“We call on both sides to not fight with one another to continue to focus the fight on ISIL that’s the basis of our cooperation with both of them,” Carter said.

The push south of Jarabulus by Turkey and its rebel allies seems intended to prevent Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces from pushing northward and creating a Kurdish buffer zone along the border with Turkey.

In its fight against ISIS, the United States has had to walk the fine line of training, advising and assisting the Syrian Democratic Forces, which has become its strongest partner in the fight against ISIS in eastern and northern Syria, while giving strong concern to Turkish concerns about the group.

A large number of the Syrian Democratic Forces come from what is known as the YPG, an acronym for Self Protection Units in Kurdish, a group that Turkey says is aligned with the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) that conducts terrorist attacks inside Turkey.

An earlier statement Monday from Peter Cook, Pentagon press secretary, called the fighting south of Jarabulus “unacceptable” and labeled them “a source of deep concern.”

“This is an already crowded battle space,” Cook said. “Accordingly, we are calling on all armed actors to stand down immediately and take appropriate measures to de-conflict.”

Carter said one of the things the United States is talking to Turkey about is clarifying where different elements of the SDF are in the area, particularly those belonging to the YPG.

“We do understand that they have historical differences with one another, but American interests are quite clear we, like they, want to combat ISIL,” Carter said. “We’re calling on all involved, let’s keep our priorities clear in helping them to de-conflict, so to speak on the battlefield.”

Carter called on the Turks to keep prior commitments that they would not engage the Syrian Democratic Forces and remain only north and west of Jarabulus. He called on the Syrian Kurds to keep their commitment that they would move east back across the Euphrates once the Manbij operation is fully over.

The Kurds are moving across the Euphrates, according to Carter.

“They are doing that, yes,” he said. “But that’s the understanding we have with them and we want to make sure that they continue that commitment.”

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Pentagon Calls on Turkey to Stop Fighting Kurds

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Olivier Douliery/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon is calling on Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies to stop fighting America’s Syrian Kurdish allies in northern Syrian because it is taking attention away from the fight against ISIS.

The United States has called on Turkey to “stay focused on the fight against ISIL and not to engage Syrian defense forces,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at a Pentagon news conference Monday, using an alternate name for ISIS.

He said there had been various senior-level contacts in recent days with Turkey to make that point and that he would do the same in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart next week.

Last week’s Turkish offensive that captured the ISIS-held border town of Jarabulus has resulted in a chaotic situation where various Syrian and Kurdish rebel groups supported and trained by the United States have clashed in battle because of pre-existing animosities.

The Turkish force that retook Jarabulus also includes a Syrian rebel force previously trained by the Pentagon to fight ISIS. They have pushed south of Jarabulus to take on Kurdish fighters aligned with the Syrian Democratic Forces who have pushed north from the recently captured city of Manbij.

“We call on both sides to not fight with one another to continue to focus the fight on ISIL that’s the basis of our cooperation with both of them,” Carter said.

The push south of Jarabulus by Turkey and its rebel allies seems intended to prevent Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces from pushing northward and creating a Kurdish buffer zone along the border with Turkey.

In its fight against ISIS, the United States has had to walk the fine line of training, advising and assisting the Syrian Democratic Forces, which has become its strongest partner in the fight against ISIS in eastern and northern Syria, while giving strong concern to Turkish concerns about the group.

A large number of the Syrian Democratic Forces come from what is known as the YPG, an acronym for Self Protection Units in Kurdish, a group that Turkey says is aligned with the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) that conducts terrorist attacks inside Turkey.

An earlier statement Monday from Peter Cook, Pentagon press secretary, called the fighting south of Jarabulus “unacceptable” and labeled them “a source of deep concern.”

“This is an already crowded battle space,” Cook said. “Accordingly, we are calling on all armed actors to stand down immediately and take appropriate measures to de-conflict.”

Carter said one of the things the United States is talking to Turkey about is clarifying where different elements of the SDF are in the area, particularly those belonging to the YPG.

“We do understand that they have historical differences with one another, but American interests are quite clear we, like they, want to combat ISIL,” Carter said. “We’re calling on all involved, let’s keep our priorities clear in helping them to de-conflict, so to speak on the battlefield.”

Carter called on the Turks to keep prior commitments that they would not engage the Syrian Democratic Forces and remain only north and west of Jarabulus. He called on the Syrian Kurds to keep their commitment that they would move east back across the Euphrates once the Manbij operation is fully over.

The Kurds are moving across the Euphrates, according to Carter.

“They are doing that, yes,” he said. “But that’s the understanding we have with them and we want to make sure that they continue that commitment.”

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Pentagon Calls on Turkey to Stop Fighting Kurds

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Ash Carter says focus should remain on fighting ISIS.

Feds Reviewing Use of Private Immigration Facilities

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The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing whether it should keep immigration detention facilities under private operators amid pressure from immigration activists to end the practice

Pentagon Calls on Turkey to Stop Fighting Kurds

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Ash Carter says focus should remain on fighting ISIS.

Canada Victims Died of Bolt, Arrow Wounds and Strangulation

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Detectives investigating a triple homicide in which two men died of crossbow bolt and arrow injuries and one woman was strangled are trying to figure out what motivated the attack at a Toronto home

The Latest: Temer Denies He Would Strip Workers of Rights

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The Latest: The interim government of Michel Temer has issued a fervent denial of claims made during the impeachment trial of Dilma Rousseff that he would take away workers’ rights

Mexico’s Top Police Chief out After Execution Allegations

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Mexico’s president has dismissed the chief of the federal police less than two weeks after the country’s human rights commission released a scathing report alleging federal police "executed arbitrarily" at least 22 suspected drug cartel members

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Mexico’s federal police chief forced out following report alleging executions of gang suspects

US Meets Goal of Admitting 10,000 Syrian Refugees in a Year

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A month ahead of schedule, the Obama administration has announced that it has met a goal set a year ago to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees.

“The 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive this afternoon (Monday),” National Security Advisor Susan Rice announced in a statement.

“On behalf of the President and his Administration, I extend the warmest of welcomes to each and every one of our Syrian arrivals, as well as the many other refugees resettled this year from all over the world,” Rice wrote in the statement.

The U.S. government’s goal was to welcome 10,000 refugees within this fiscal year, which ends September 30th.

In total, nearly five million people have fled Syria since 2011, according to the U.N., the vast majority of which are living now in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.

A policy director at Church World Service, who has worked closely with the U.S. government and nonprofits to resettle Syrian refugees, described the 10,000-benchmark as sort of bitter-sweet. “It was sort of a meager goal to begin with,” Jen Smyers told ABC News.

“This demonstrates that where there’s a will, there’s a way,” Smyers continued. “But if we had been processing Syrian refugee applications for the last four years then many more people could be rebuilding their lives in safety, rather than risking their lives to take the very dangerous trip across the Atlantic.”

“We would like to see the U.S. demonstrate more leadership on this,” Smyers added, referencing the fact that the U.S. took in hundreds of thousand of Vietnamese refugees during and after their civil war.

Secretary of State John Kerry has said the U.S. plans to take in 85,000 refugees from around the world this year in total. “We recognize that more needs to be done to help those who are besieged inside Syria; more has to be done to assist refugees; more has to be done to support Syria’s neighbors, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey; and more has to be done to resolve this brutal conflict that has cost far too many lives and forced far too many people from their homes.”

During a briefing Monday, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said he believed the U.S. would likely take in additional refugees from Syria this year.

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US Meets Goal of Admitting 10,000 Syrian Refugees in a Year

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A month ahead of schedule, the Obama administration has announced that it has met a goal set a year ago to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees.

“The 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive this afternoon (Monday),” National Security Advisor Susan Rice announced in a statement.

“On behalf of the President and his Administration, I extend the warmest of welcomes to each and every one of our Syrian arrivals, as well as the many other refugees resettled this year from all over the world,” Rice wrote in the statement.

The U.S. government’s goal was to welcome 10,000 refugees within this fiscal year, which ends September 30th.

In total, nearly five million people have fled Syria since 2011, according to the U.N., the vast majority of which are living now in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.

A policy director at Church World Service, who has worked closely with the U.S. government and nonprofits to resettle Syrian refugees, described the 10,000-benchmark as sort of bitter-sweet. “It was sort of a meager goal to begin with,” Jen Smyers told ABC News.

“This demonstrates that where there’s a will, there’s a way,” Smyers continued. “But if we had been processing Syrian refugee applications for the last four years then many more people could be rebuilding their lives in safety, rather than risking their lives to take the very dangerous trip across the Atlantic.”

“We would like to see the U.S. demonstrate more leadership on this,” Smyers added, referencing the fact that the U.S. took in hundreds of thousand of Vietnamese refugees during and after their civil war.

Secretary of State John Kerry has said the U.S. plans to take in 85,000 refugees from around the world this year in total. “We recognize that more needs to be done to help those who are besieged inside Syria; more has to be done to assist refugees; more has to be done to support Syria’s neighbors, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey; and more has to be done to resolve this brutal conflict that has cost far too many lives and forced far too many people from their homes.”

During a briefing Monday, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said he believed the U.S. would likely take in additional refugees from Syria this year.

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Emails Show ISIS Appeared Eager to Ransom Kayla Mueller, Expert Says

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“I think the Muellers have a right to be upset,” said retired FBI chief hostage negotiator Chris Voss.

Emails Show ISIS Appeared Eager to Ransom Kayla Mueller, Expert Says

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“I think the Muellers have a right to be upset,” said retired FBI chief hostage negotiator Chris Voss.

US Urges Halt to Turkish, Kurdish Clashes in Northern Syria

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The U.S. urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group

US Urges Halt to Turkish, Kurdish Clashes in Northern Syria

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The U.S. urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group

Venezuela Accuses US, Opposition of Planning Coup

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Venezuela is accusing the United States and the country’s political opposition of planning a coup for Thursday, the day that government opponents have called for a march to demand a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela Accuses US, Opposition of Planning Coup

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Venezuela is accusing the United States and the country’s political opposition of planning a coup for Thursday, the day that government opponents have called for a march to demand a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro

House Speaker of Puerto Rico Resigns Post Under Pressure

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The speaker of the Chamber of Deputies in Puerto Rico has resigned under pressure from party leaders because of his connections to a former fundraiser convicted in a political corruption case

The Latest: Brazil’s Rousseff Holds Back Anger at Question

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff seemed to be holding back anger during her answer to Sen. Jose Anibal, a former guerrilla group comrade and now adversary

The Latest: US Asks Turkey to Focus on Fight Against IS

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The Latest: Ash Carter says U.S. has asked Turkey to ‘stay focused’ on anti-IS fight

The Latest: US Asks Turkey to Focus on Fight Against IS

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The Latest: Ash Carter says U.S. has asked Turkey to ‘stay focused’ on anti-IS fight

Aristide Joins Haiti Rally to Urge Voters to Back Candidate

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Twice-ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide has joined a street rally in the capital to encourage voters to support the candidate of the political party he founded decades ago

Aristide Joins Haiti Rally to Urge Voters to Back Candidate

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Twice-ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide has joined a street rally in the capital to encourage voters to support the candidate of the political party he founded decades ago

Tropical Depression 9 Takes Aim at Florida

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ABC News(MIAMI) — A tropical depression has taken aim at Florida and is expected to become a tropical storm by Monday night, bringing heavy rain to the Sunshine State over the next few days.

Tropical Depression 9 has brought torrential rains over West Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center. The tropical depression is currently about 170 miles west-southwest of Key West, Florida, and 125 miles west-northwest of Havana, Cuba. Its maximum sustained winds are 35 miles per hour.

The depression is currently moving west at around 7 miles per hour, although it is forecast to turn in a west-northwest direction today and then head north on Tuesday night.

The depression is forecast to strengthen over the next 48 hours and is likely to become a tropical storm by tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Depression 9's max sustained winds~ 35 mph.
Likely becomes tropical storm tonight, affecting FL by Thurs: pic.twitter.com/kLhzVZu4aA

— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) August 29, 2016

The depression is also expected to bring rain to the Southern Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys over the next few days. The rainfall may cause localized flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet, according to the National Hurricane Center, as Tropical Depression 8 moves to the northwest. Tropical Depression 8 is bringing with it heavy rain over far Eastern North Carolina, including the Outer Banks. It has sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and is forecast to strengthen slightly

Tropical depression 8 will brush by the Outer Banks tomorrow. 1-3" of rain, up to 5" max. pic.twitter.com/VBJM1yd8zA

— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) August 29, 2016

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Tropical Depression 9 Takes Aim at Florida

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ABC News(MIAMI) — A tropical depression has taken aim at Florida and is expected to become a tropical storm by Monday night, bringing heavy rain to the Sunshine State over the next few days.

Tropical Depression 9 has brought torrential rains over West Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center. The tropical depression is currently about 170 miles west-southwest of Key West, Florida, and 125 miles west-northwest of Havana, Cuba. Its maximum sustained winds are 35 miles per hour.

The depression is currently moving west at around 7 miles per hour, although it is forecast to turn in a west-northwest direction today and then head north on Tuesday night.

The depression is forecast to strengthen over the next 48 hours and is likely to become a tropical storm by tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Depression 9's max sustained winds~ 35 mph.
Likely becomes tropical storm tonight, affecting FL by Thurs: pic.twitter.com/kLhzVZu4aA

— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) August 29, 2016

The depression is also expected to bring rain to the Southern Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys over the next few days. The rainfall may cause localized flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet, according to the National Hurricane Center, as Tropical Depression 8 moves to the northwest. Tropical Depression 8 is bringing with it heavy rain over far Eastern North Carolina, including the Outer Banks. It has sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and is forecast to strengthen slightly

Tropical depression 8 will brush by the Outer Banks tomorrow. 1-3" of rain, up to 5" max. pic.twitter.com/VBJM1yd8zA

— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) August 29, 2016

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Tropical Depression 9 Takes Aim at Florida

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

It is expected to bring heavy rain to the Sunshine State.

Tropical Depression 9 Takes Aim at Florida

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

It is expected to bring heavy rain to the Sunshine State.

Islamic State Bombing Kills 54 Government Recruits in Yemen

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Islamic State suicide car bombing kills 54 pro-government army recruits in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden

Islamic State Bombing Kills 54 Government Recruits in Yemen

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Islamic State suicide car bombing kills 54 pro-government army recruits in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden