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The situation in Syria is rapidly deteriorating. Four things you need to know

Last week, the Trump administration ordered US troops to step aside from the border in northern Syria, effectively paving the way for Turkey to launch an offensive against US-backed Kurdish forces who they regard as enemies. ### In the days since then, the world has watched major changes unfold in northern Syria, including shuffling allegiances Read more about The situation in Syria is rapidly deteriorating. Four things you need to know[…]

Japan, a day after Typhoon Hagibis, reaches first rugby World Cup quarterfinal

The team’s victory came hours after Japan’s worst storm in decades battered much of the country with hurricane like winds and incessant, overpowering rain, killing dozens of people. ### Residents had to be airlifted from homes, there was considerable flooding — especially in and around Tokyo — and flights were canceled from the capital’s two Read more about Japan, a day after Typhoon Hagibis, reaches first rugby World Cup quarterfinal[…]

The UK company turning waste plastic into fuel for hydrogen cars

UK company Powerhouse Energy wants to turn this plastic deluge into an opportunity by producing energy from non-recyclable plastics and other waste. ### Powerhouse Energy has developed a process where it shreds the waste and then heats it to around 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit to produce syngas — a mixture of hydrogen, methane and carbon monoxide. Read more about The UK company turning waste plastic into fuel for hydrogen cars[…]

Kurdish politician and 10 others killed by ‘Turkish-backed militia’ in Syria, SDF claims

The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army or FSA (also called the Syrian National Army), have denied those claims. CNN cannot independently verify the videos. ### A video circulating on social media purports to show the bullet-riddled SUV of Secretary-General of the pro-Kurdish Future Syria Party, Hevrin Khalaf, surrounded by several men wearing what appears to be Read more about Kurdish politician and 10 others killed by ‘Turkish-backed militia’ in Syria, SDF claims[…]

Kurdish forces backed by US strike deal with Syria’s Assad, in major shift in 8-year war

On Monday, Syrian troops were reportedly advancing north towards the border to confront Turkish forces, returning for the first time in years to a region where the Kurds had established relative autonomy, and further solidifying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on the country. ### The agreement between Damascus and the Kurds comes as US President Read more about Kurdish forces backed by US strike deal with Syria’s Assad, in major shift in 8-year war[…]

Exclusive: Pro-Turkish forces cut off main road to Kurdish city of Kobani

The move cuts off the main highway — and perhaps only route — to Kobani, where US troops are based. ### CNN witnessed Turkish military armored personnel carriers on the M4 highway between Tal Tamr and Ain Issa, parked by the side of the road. Further reinforcements made their way through the dust towards the Read more about Exclusive: Pro-Turkish forces cut off main road to Kurdish city of Kobani[…]

Ireland advances to quarterfinals at rugby’s World Cup as Typhoon Hagibis batters host nation

The win — secured with seven tries including a brace from fly-half Johnny Sexton — means Ireland currently top Pool A with 16 points, ahead of Japan’s 14 and Scotland’s 10. Japan and Scotland are due to meet in Yokohama on Sunday, though the game remains in doubt because of the devastating storm. ### Typhoon Read more about Ireland advances to quarterfinals at rugby’s World Cup as Typhoon Hagibis batters host nation[…]

Hostage-taking, a gold stick and Black Rod. What to look out for in the Queen’s Speech

The event — which marks the monarch’s symbolic association with the British legislature — includes a grand carriage procession, a particularly heavy crown, and a part where the sovereign must read out a speech that the government writes on her behalf. ### The latest version of the jamboree, which takes place on Monday, has an Read more about Hostage-taking, a gold stick and Black Rod. What to look out for in the Queen’s Speech[…]

The big bank winning streak might be about to end

The biggest American banks report earnings this week, and they will probably be hampered by weaker economic growth and lower interest rates. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates in July and again in September, making it more difficult eke out returns on loans. ### The dour earnings expectations mark a change from the previous quarter, Read more about The big bank winning streak might be about to end[…]