Italy is turning to Russia to help combat the immigration crisis, despite warnings from European allies about Vladimir Putin’s motives. “Italy has always had close ties with Russia, and now that we want a peaceful, unified Libya, we will be happy if Russia wants it too.” Source: The Times
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Up to 30 Egyptian police officers have been killed in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected hideout of fighters in the country’s Western desert, security sources say. Source Al Jazeera
A top Chinese official has claimed several high-ranking members of the Communist Party had plotted to seize power from President Xi Jinping.
These party members have since been arrested or jailed in a wide-reaching corruption crackdown launched by Mr Xi. Some observers have said the crackdown was used to conduct a political purge of Mr Xi’s opponents. Source BBC
The Pentagon has stated that the United States will continue to cooperate with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a militant group dominated by the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), an armed group viewed as a terrorist by Turkey. Source: Hurriyet Daily News