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‘Don’t be a fool’: Trump writes to Turkey’s Erdogan
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‘Don’t be a fool’: Trump writes to Turkey’s Erdogan

17 Oct 2019 | 11:24 AM

CHANDIGARH: US President Donald Trump warned Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey against the incursion into Syria, in a letter which said that he would retaliate to the development by “destroying the Turkish economy.”

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Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, October 17

US President Donald Trump warned Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey against the incursion into Syria, in a letter which said that he would retaliate to the development by “destroying the Turkish economy.”

In the letter dated 9 October, Trump said: “You don't want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy—and I will.”

The letter is from the same day that Turkey launched its attack into the war-torn country—three days after Trump paved the way for the incursion by offering to withdraw US troops.  

In the letter, in his characteristic style, Trump asked Erdogan not to be “a tough guy” or “a fool”.  

“History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen. Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!” he wrote.

Trump also encouraged Erdogan to make a deal with Kurdish general Mazloum Kobani, who Turkey had labelled a “terrorist.”

Dutch family living in isolation for 9 years were for 'waiting end of time'

Dutch family living in isolation for 9 years were for 'waiting end of time'

17 Oct 2019 | 1:30 PM

RUINERWOLD, NETHERLANDS: A man who paid the rent on a Dutch farmhouse where six members of a family were found locked away in a secret room will appear in court on Thursday on charges of unlawful detention and harming others' health, prosecutors said.

Clerk scares thief away with his own gun; watch video

Clerk scares thief away with his own gun; watch video

17 Oct 2019 | 1:27 PM

CHANDIGARH: Caught on camera, a clerk managed to scare a thief away with his own weapon. The thief was arrested on last Tuesday for a robbery he committed on Monday at a hotel in Paducah.

8 killed in accident in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

8 killed in accident in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

17 Oct 2019 | 1:19 PM

PESHAWAR: Eight people were killed and 11 others injured in a head-on collision between a car and a van in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

3 kids among 4 killed as earthquake hits southern Philippines

3 kids among 4 killed as earthquake hits southern Philippines

17 Oct 2019 | 11:13 AM

MANILA: Three children were among four people killed after a powerful earthquake hit the southern Philippines, authorities said on Thursday.

UK struggles for last-ditch Brexit dealRace against time

UK struggles for last-ditch Brexit deal

17 Oct 2019 | 7:48 AM

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN: Negotiators struggled on Wednesday to clinch an eleventh-hour Brexit deal on the eve of an EU summit, raising the chances that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have to seek an extension of the October 31 deadline for Britain’s exit from the bloc.

Heckled, HK leader aborts policy address

Heckled, HK leader aborts policy address

17 Oct 2019 | 7:48 AM

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on Wednesday after she was heckled by rowdy opposition lawmakers during chaotic scenes inside the city’s legislature.

Techie takes body to cops, confesses to four murders

Techie takes body to cops, confesses to four murders

17 Oct 2019 | 7:48 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: A 53-year-old Indian-origin IT professional has been arrested after he dramatically walked into a Northern California police station along with a body in his car and confessed to have killed three others at his apartment, over 350 km away, according to US media reports.

Turkey rejects US demand for ceasefire

17 Oct 2019 | 7:48 AM

CEYLANPINAR (TURKEY): Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria on Wednesday as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire.

Gina Rodriguez apologises for using N-wordGLOBE TROT

Gina Rodriguez apologises for using N-word

17 Oct 2019 | 7:48 AM

LOS ANGELES: After facing backlash for using the N-word in one of her Instagram videos, actress Gina Rodriguez has apologised to people. On Tuesday, Gina posted a video of herself getting her hair and makeup done.

Pakistan to remain in FATF’s Grey List till Feb 2020: Reports

Pakistan to remain in FATF’s Grey List till Feb 2020: Reports

17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

ISLAMABAD: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided, in principle, to keep Pakistan in its Grey List till February 2020, directing Islamabad to take extra measures for complete elimination of terror financing and money laundering, according to media reports on Wednesday.

French supermarkets under fire after food found in trash

French supermarkets under fire after food found in trash

16 Oct 2019 | 8:55 PM

PARIS: Two French supermarket chains came under fire on Wednesday after a lawmaker staged raids on Paris trash cans that uncovered packages of food within their use-by dates as France marked its national anti-food waste day.

Blood on his hands: 2020 Democrats slam Trump over Syria

Blood on his hands: 2020 Democrats slam Trump over Syria

16 Oct 2019 | 1:13 PM

WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential hopefuls denounced President Donald Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops back from northern Syria, saying in an Ohio debate on Tuesday he had endangered America's longtime Kurdish allies while empowering foes Russia and Syria.

Thief throws brick at car, it bounces back, hits him, internet calls it ‘karma'

Thief throws brick at car, it bounces back, hits him, internet calls it ‘karma'

16 Oct 2019 | 5:54 PM

CHANDIGARH: Perhaps, this is how karma pays you. And, for this man it was instant. An alleged thief’s attempt to break into a car failed after he threw a brick at the car’s window, only to have it bounce back and hit him on the face.

'Defiant message' as Kim rides white horse on sacred mountain

'Defiant message' as Kim rides white horse on sacred mountain

16 Oct 2019 | 11:50 AM

SEOUL: Aides to Kim Jong Un are convinced the North Korean leader plans "a great operation", state media said on Wednesday in a report that included lavish descriptions and images of the leader riding a white horse up North Korea's most sacred mountain.

Many feared killed in car bomb blast in Afghanistan

Many feared killed in car bomb blast in Afghanistan

16 Oct 2019 | 10:35 AM

MEHTARLAM: Several people were feared killed and injured after a car bomb blast rocked outside administrative office in Alishing district in Afghanistan’s eastern Laghman province on Wednesday, a provincial government spokesman said, reported Xinhua news agency.

15 killed in Mexico armed clashes

15 killed in Mexico armed clashes

16 Oct 2019 | 10:23 AM

MEXICO CITY: At least 15 people were killed in a gunfight between Mexican military and armed men in the southern state of Guerrero, authorities said.

Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for 2020 Democratic nomination

Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for 2020 Democratic nomination

16 Oct 2019 | 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, long a standard bearer for progressive causes, has secured the endorsement of the newest star on the leftist stage, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

1 in 3 children under 5 malnourished: UNICEF report

1 in 3 children under 5 malnourished: UNICEF report

16 Oct 2019 | 9:34 AM

UNITED NATIONS: At least one in three children under five across the globe are malnourished and not developing properly, a report of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) revealed.

Democratic presidential candidates support impeachment of Trump

Democratic presidential candidates support impeachment of Trump

16 Oct 2019 | 8:55 AM

WASHINGTON: Top Democratic presidential aspirants on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the move of their party colleagues in the House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump, saying he had broken the law and there is strong evidence.

Kim vows to fight US sanctions; visits sacred North Korean peak

Kim vows to fight US sanctions; visits sacred North Korean peak

16 Oct 2019 | 9:33 AM

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to surmount US-led sanctions which, he says, have inflicted “many hardships and trials” on his country.

UK media gushes over Kate’s salwar-kameezglobe trot

UK media gushes over Kate’s salwar-kameez

16 Oct 2019 | 7:38 AM

Islamabad: The UK media on Tuesday was splashed with images of Kate Middleton’s traditional wardrobe choice for her maiden official tour of Pakistan with husband Prince William.

US sanctions fail to  halt Turkey assault in Syrian border region

US sanctions fail to halt Turkey assault in Syrian border region

16 Oct 2019 | 7:38 AM

SYRIA:Turkey ignored US sanctions and pressed on with its assault on northern Syria on Tuesday, while the Russia-backed Syrian army roared into one of the most hotly contested cities abandoned by the US forces in Donald Trump’s retreat.

HK not becoming a police state: Lam

HK not becoming a police state: Lam

16 Oct 2019 | 7:38 AM

HONG KONG:Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday that “it’s totally irresponsible and unfounded” to suggest the semi-autonomous Chinese territory is becoming a police state as her government grapples with protests now in their fifth month.

Brexit deal still possible but difficult, says Michel Barnier

Brexit deal still possible but difficult, says Michel Barnier

16 Oct 2019 | 7:38 AM

BRUSSELS:Michel Barnier, the European Union’s (EU) chief negotiator, on Tuesday said a Brexit deal could still be struck this week despite it becoming “more difficult”” to reach an agreement.

Putin arrives in UAE on first visit since  2007

Putin arrives in UAE on first visit since 2007

16 Oct 2019 | 7:38 AM

DUBAI:Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in the United Arab Emirates on his first visit to the oil-rich nation in over a decade.

Transgender councillor elected in Bangladesh first

Transgender councillor elected in Bangladesh first

15 Oct 2019 | 6:39 PM

DHAKA: A transgender candidate has been elected as councillor for a rural Bangladeshi town, the first in the ultra-conservative Muslim-majority nation where laws still discriminate against sexual minorities.

Removal of Notre Dame’s melted scaffold to begin ‘in weeks’

Removal of Notre Dame’s melted scaffold to begin ‘in weeks’

15 Oct 2019 | 5:58 PM

PARIS: France’s culture minister says the melted, twisted scaffolding atop Notre Dame Cathedral will be removed “in the coming weeks” to allow restoration work to begin.

HRW warns against mass transfer of IS suspects to Iraq

HRW warns against mass transfer of IS suspects to Iraq

15 Oct 2019 | 3:42 PM

BEIRUT: Human Rights Watch warned European countries on Tuesday against transferring foreign jihadist suspects from prisons in war-torn north-eastern Syria to Iraq.

Jeremy Renner’s wife says he once threatened to kill her, actor hits back

Jeremy Renner’s wife says he once threatened to kill her, actor hits back

15 Oct 2019 | 3:24 PM

LOS ANGELES: Amidst a bitter custody battle, Jeremy Renner’s ex-wife Sonni Pacheco has claimed that the actor once threatened to kill her and himself.

Erdogan vows no IS fighters will escape Syria

Erdogan vows no IS fighters will escape Syria

15 Oct 2019 | 2:52 PM

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed not to allow any Islamic State fighters to escape northern Syria, in an editorial published on Tuesday, following fears from Western nations over its offensive in the region.

Jury breaks rules, Booker Prize awarded jointly to Atwood and Evaristo

Jury breaks rules, Booker Prize awarded jointly to Atwood and Evaristo

16 Oct 2019 | 6:45 AM

LONDON: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize on Monday after judges “flouted” the rules by declaring a tie.

Prepared to ‘swiftly destroy’ Turkey's economy, says Trump

Prepared to ‘swiftly destroy’ Turkey's economy, says Trump

15 Oct 2019 | 12:19 PM

WASHINGTON: Protesting Turkey’s military offensive in northeast Syria, US President Donald Trump has announced sanctions against Turkish officials, raising of steel tariffs and ending negotiations on a USD 100 billion trade deal.

Spain apex court jails 9 Catalan separatist leaders for sedition

Spain apex court jails 9 Catalan separatist leaders for sedition

15 Oct 2019 | 7:54 AM

MADRID:Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine separatist leaders from Catalonia between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in a failed independence bid, triggering protests across the region.

Syrian forces move towards Turkey border

Syrian forces move towards Turkey border

15 Oct 2019 | 7:54 AM

BEIRUT/ANKARA:Russia-backed Syrian forces wasted no time in taking advantage of an abrupt US retreat from Syria on Monday, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal.

Brexit on Oct 31 a ‘priority’ for UK government: Queen

Brexit on Oct 31 a ‘priority’ for UK government: Queen

15 Oct 2019 | 7:54 AM

LONDON:British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday set out his government’s priorities at a parliamentary ceremony full of pomp and pageantry attended by Queen Elizabeth II.

Manila drug war chief quits amid narcotics scandal

15 Oct 2019 | 7:54 AM

MANILA:The Philippines’ top policeman, who leads the nation’s deadly drugs crackdown, quit on Monday as he faces allegations of protecting officers accused of selling a huge haul of seized narcotics.

Saied set to be Tunisia prez

Saied set to be Tunisia prez

15 Oct 2019 | 7:54 AM

TUNIS:Kais Saied, a political outsider who is backed by leftists and Islamists and wants to remake national politics, is set to become Tunisia's president after his opponent conceded defeat in Sunday's election.

HK protesters plead for US help

HK protesters plead for US help

15 Oct 2019 | 7:54 AM

HONG KONG:Tens of thousands of mostly young pro-democracy activists rallied in Hong Kong on Monday in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws and pleaded for help from the United States.

globe trot

Film pulled off in Hanoi over South China Sea map

15 Oct 2019 | 7:54 AM

Hanoi: Vietnam has pulled the animated film “Abominable” from theatres over a scene featuring a map of the South China Sea showing Beijing’s claims in the flashpoint waterway.

Brexit on October 31 a ‘priority’ for British government: Queen

Brexit on October 31 a ‘priority’ for British government: Queen

14 Oct 2019 | 11:14 PM

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday set out his government’s priorities at a parliamentary ceremony full of pomp and pageantry attended by the queen, with Brexit on top of the agenda.

Snapchat down again globally, users clueless

Snapchat down again globally, users clueless

14 Oct 2019 | 10:41 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Popular photo-messaging app Snapchat suffered a major outage on Monday, with users saying they were unable to send snaps to their friends and family members.

Pope’s bodyguard resigns over leak scandal

Pope’s bodyguard resigns over leak scandal

14 Oct 2019 | 9:05 PM

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis’ main bodyguard Domenico Giani, the Vatican’s security chief, resigned on Monday over a leak to the media of details of a financial wrongdoing probe.

Death toll from Typhoon Hagibis rises to 56 in Japan: NHK

Death toll from Typhoon Hagibis rises to 56 in Japan: NHK

14 Oct 2019 | 6:05 PM

TOKYO: At least 56 people have been killed in Japan by Typhoon Hagibis, national broadcaster NHK said on Monday, as rescuers worked into the night searching for survivors.

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