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Israeli troops shot dead a suspected Palestinian assailant at the entrance to the West Bank village of Silwad on Friday, the army said. "Forces identified a suspect running towards an (army) post in Silwad, north-east of Ramallah," a spokeswoman said.
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Friday claimed a suicide truck bombing on a police building in Turkey's south-east that killed 11 officers and wounded dozens more. The blast came two days after the Turkish army launched an offensive in Syria that the government says is not only aimed against Islamic State (IS) jihadists but also a Syrian Kurdish militia detested by Ankara. The blast tore the facade off the headquarters of the Turkish riot police in the town of Cizre, a bastion of PKK support just north of the Syrian border.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday agreed to step up efforts to ensure humanitarian aid reaches citizens in Syria's conflict-torn northern Aleppo province. In telephone talks "the two leaders... agreed to accelerate efforts to ensure help reaches people in Aleppo," the state-run Anadolu news agency said, adding that Erdogan briefed Putin on the current Turkish operation inside Syria. The phone call was the latest sign of improving relations between Moscow and Ankara after a deal in June normalising ties in the wake of the crisis sparked by Ankara's shooting down of a Russian war plane last year.
Humanitarian access to Syria's besieged areas is "wholly unacceptable", the UN said Friday as it announced that just one aid convoy had completed deliveries this month. The United Nations humanitarian office (OCHA) said a convoy with life-saving supplies finished its delivery on Thursday to Al-Waer, a besieged area of the district of Homs.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were meeting in Geneva on Friday for an expected push towards resuming peace talks for war-ravaged Syria. They were briefly joined by the UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, who had said Thursday the talks would be "important", and could help his drive to revive the stalled negotiations.
A Sudanese Antonov aircraft made an emergency landing in Saudi Arabia after takeoff from a base used to bomb rebels in Yemen, the kingdom's aviation regulator said, without reporting injuries. The propellor-driven An-12 transport plane "made an emergency and safe landing" on Thursday at Baha airport in south-west Saudi Arabia, the General Authority of Civil Aviation said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government on Friday committed 600 troops and Can$450 million (US $350 million) over three years to United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. Touted by the Liberal administration as a recommitment to multilateralism, the move also positions Canada to make a stronger bid for a rotating seat on the UN Security Council.