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India: Chinese Troops Crossed the Border, Claimed Territory

The Times of India reports on a curious border incursion from mid-September, in which a group of about forty Chinese troops crossed the border (or “Line of Actual Control”), built shelters on Indian soil, and resisted orders from Indian forces to depart, claiming the territory belonged to them.

SYRIA, ALEPPO : (FILES) This file photo taken on July 25, 2016 shows Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, carrying a young boy after they dug him out from under the rubble of buildings destroyed following reported air strikes on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Mashhad in the northern city of Aleppo, on July 25, 2016. The Syrian Civil Defense organisation "White Helmets" is announced on September 22, 2016 as one of four laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, dubbed as "Alternative Nobel Prize", besides Russian human rights advocate Svetlana Gannouchkina of Memorial, Mozn Hassan of the organisation for Feminist studies "Nazra" and Turkish independant newspaper Cumhuriyet. / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMED

Russia at the UN: ‘It Is Essential to Prevent Disruption’ of Syrian Ceasefire

It was more than a little discordant to hear Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov tell the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that it is “essential to prevent disruption” of the Syrian ceasefire agreement, while Syrian warplanes — allegedly with Russian help — were showering bombs on the besieged city of Aleppo, with a ground operation waiting in the wings.


Erdogan: Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban Is Not ‘Remotely Possible’

During the course of an interview on MSNBC, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking through a translator, was asked by interviewer Ayman Mohyeldin: “If Donald Trump becomes President, would you advise Turkish citizens, or recommend to Turkish citizens, no longer to come to the U.S., since he’s calling on a ban of Muslims coming into the United States?”

An Airbus A380 takes off for a flying display at the 47th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near Paris, June 21, 2007. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Treasury Department Approves Boeing and Airbus Sales to Iran

On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury Department approved controversial licenses for Boeing and Airbus to sell planes to Iran — a move critics say could enable Iran to ferry troops and weapons into Syria and other conflict zones with American and European aircraft.

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Japan’s Shinzo Abe Speaks to UN on North Korea’s Threat

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday that North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat had reached a new “dimension,” menacing the peace of the entire region and meriting the strongest response from the Security Council.