From US President Barack Obama planning to send 250 additional troops to Syria, to an anti-jihad offensive killing more than 800 al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen, here are the top world stories in a one-minute read.
Barack Obama plans 250 more US troops for Syria, boosting force to 300: President Barack Obama will announce on Monday he plans to send as many as 250 additional US troops to Syria, a sharp increase in the American presence working with local Syrian forces fighting Islamic State militants, US officials said. The deployment, which will increase U.S. forces in Syria to about 300, aims to accelerate recent gains against Islamic State and appears to reflect growing confidence in the ability of U.S.-backed forces inside Syria and Iraq to claw back territory from the hardline Sunni Islamist group. READ FULL STORY
Above 800 al-Qaeda fighters killed in Yemen anti-jihad offensive: Arab coalition – Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air strikes killed more than 800 members of Al-Qaeda in an attack on a southeastern provincial capital held by the group for the past year, the coalition said Monday. “The operation resulted… in the death of more than 800 Al-Qaeda members and some of their leaders, while some others fled,” Arab coalition commanders said in a statement published by SPA, the official Saudi news agency. READ FULL STORY
White House to release secret chapter on possible Saudi connections to 9/11 attacks: The Obama administration will likely soon release at least part of a 28-page secret chapter from a congressional inquiry into 9/11 that may shed light on possible Saudi connections to the attackers. The documents, kept in a secure room in the basement of the Capitol, contain information from the joint congressional inquiry into “specific sources of foreign support for some of the Sept. 11 hijackers while they were in the United States.” READ FULL STORY
Grassroot Indian-American body launched to campaign for Hillary Clinton: A nationwide grassroot body of Indian-Americans has been launched by Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign to support the former secretary of state, hinting that an Indian-American could also be appointed under her presidency. The organisation named ‘Indian-Americans for Hillary Clinton’ (IAHC) was launched yesterday in a Maryland suburb of Washington by Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta. READ FULL STORY
China’s Xi Jinping warns against religious influences from abroad: Chinese President Xi Jinping says that China must be on guard against nefarious religious influences from abroad. His comments follow a tightening of religious space that has seen bans on the wearing of veils and beards in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, and the removal of church crosses in eastern China. READ FULL STORY
Clinton campaign criticises Trump for mocking Indians: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has slammed Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for mocking an Indian call centre worker during an election rally this week, saying it shows disrespect towards the community and is reflective of his divisive rhetoric. “Donald Trump mocking Indian workers is just typical of his disrespect that he has shown to groups across the spectrum,” said John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton Campaign. READ FULL STORY