YPG clears Isis from east of river
SYRIA: People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters have cleared areas east of the River Euphrates river of Isis militants, a spokesman for the mainly Kurdish militia announced yesterday.
Noureddine Mahmoud praised US and Russian support for forces operating in eastern Deir Ezzor province, expressing hope of more co-ordination with the two powers to protect liberated areas.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis confirmed on Saturday that Washington would soon stop arming the YPG.
Asylum-seekers offered €3k to go
GERMANY: The Interior Ministry suggested yesterday that rejected asylum-seekers who return home voluntarily could receive a one-off payment of €3,000 (£2,650).
Those who qualify can apply by a February 28 deadline and would be given the money once they arrive home.
Migrants who agree to go back even before their asylum request is rejected have already been offered €1,200 per adult and €600 per child under a different programme for almost a year.
Suicide bomber kills at least six
AFGHANISTAN: At least six people were killed and 13 wounded yesterday when a suicide bomber on a motorbike struck a football stadium in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
Nangarhar provincial governor’s spokesman Attahullah Khogyani said that the bombing had taken place shortly after a pro-government rally ended at the stadium.
Two intelligence service members were killed and 10 others wounded on Saturday in multiple Isis bomb attacks in Jalalabad.
Grivaux plans force to intervene in Libya
FRANCE: Government spokesman Benjamin Grivaux revealed yesterday that Paris plans to set up an African military force to intervene in Libya against human traffickers.
Mr Grivaux said that “an intra-African force must be able to intervene,” after recent televised footage of a migrant slave auction in Libya provoked horror and condemnation worldwide.