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Tunisia's moderate Islamist party Ennahda to lead fractured new parliament

The moderate Islamist Ennahda will be the largest party in Tunisia's new parliament, preliminary official results showed on Wednesday, but with only 52 of 217 seats it may struggle to build a governing coalition. The results, along with those in the first round of a separate presidential election last month, appear to underscore dissatisfaction with the major parties.

Pompeo says China's treatment Muslims 'enormous human right violation': PBS interview

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview on Wednesday that China's treatment of Muslims, including the Uighurs, in western China was an "enormous human rights violation" and Washington will continue to raise the issue. "This is not only an enormous human rights violation, but we don't think it's in the best interests of the world or of China to engage in this kind of behavior," Pompeo told PBS.

Exclusive: As Trump grows frustrated on Venezuela, U.S. to 'squeeze' Cuba, scrutinize Russia

The Trump administration is preparing new sanctions on Cuba over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and is taking a "closer look" at Russia's role in helping him remain in power, the U.S. special envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, told Reuters. President Donald Trump's frustration over the failure of his "maximum pressure" campaign to unseat Maduro has spurred foreign policy aides to ready further U.S. actions and press for tougher sanctions on OPEC member Venezuela by European and Latin American partners, a second senior administration official said on condition of anonymity.

Ecuadorean protesters raise heat on defiant Moreno

Masked youths battled Ecuadorean security forces during indigenous-led protests and a national strike on Wednesday as President Lenin Moreno stuck by austerity measures that have triggered the worst unrest in a decade. In Latin America's latest flare-up over unpopular structural economic reforms, the shutdown cleared many streets of traffic, while schools closed and businesses shuttered from the highland capital Quito to coastal city Guayaquil.

Syrian Kurds outgunned but vow to inflict toll on Turkish army

Kurdish fighters who defeated Islamic State across much of Syria with U.S. help will struggle to fend off the Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies who thrust across the border on Wednesday in a long-threatened offensive. Under Turkish attack after their U.S. allies withdrew from part of the border, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - which the Kurdish YPG militia spearheads - is heavily outgunned by NATO's second-largest military.

Synagogue attack sparks fear among Jews in Germany

As Jews left Yom Kippur prayers across Germany on Wednesday, they were jolted by word that an anti-Semitic gunman had attacked a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle hours before, killing two people. The news heightened fears of more anti-Semitic violence in a nation still scarred by the Holocaust and witnessing the rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Gunman kills two in livestreamed attack at German synagogue

A gunman who denounced Jews opened fire outside a German synagogue on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, and killed two people as he livestreamed his attack. Several German media outlets said the perpetrator acted alone on Wednesday in the eastern German city of Halle. He fatally shot a woman outside the synagogue and a man inside a nearby kebab shop.

London City Airport braces for possible shutdown by climate protesters

London City Airport was braced for disruption on Thursday after climate-change protesters Extinction Rebellion vowed to occupy its terminal and shut down operations for three days as part of its action in the British capital. London City is the capital's fifth-biggest - and most central - airport, popular with business travelers, bankers and politicians for short-haul and regional routes.

Turkish and Syrian rebel forces to start Syria offensive 'shortly': Erdogan's aide

Turkish forces, together with the rebel Free Syrian Army, will cross the Syrian border "shortly", President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director said early on Wednesday, as a surprise withdrawal of U.S. troops made way for the Turkish incursion. Turkey has been poised to advance into northeast Syria since the U.S. troops began vacating the area in an abrupt policy shift by U.S. President Donald Trump widely criticised in Washington as a betrayal of America's allies, the Kurds.

Brazil pension reform to clear Congress by October 22: senator

President Jair Bolsonaro's government is confident it will win final Congressional approval for its pension overhaul by Oct. 22 now that lawmakers have agreed on how to share surplus oil revenues, his party's leader in the Senate said on Wednesday. Senator Major Olimpio told Reuters that Bolsonaro's key legislation to reduce a wide budget deficit, an unsustainable gap that worries investors, will certainly pass Congress, but a second "parallel" pension reform bill with contentious issues will have to wait until next year.