QWorld: Obama Helps Hillary’s Campaign; Syria Truce Mostly Holds

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President Barack Obama addresses a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Photo: AP)

1. Obama Paints Trump as No Friend of the Working Class

With Hillary Clinton sidelined by pneumonia, President Barack Obama took up the Democrats’ fight against Donald Trump, trying to quash the Republican presidential candidate’s bid to appeal to working-class voters.

2. Syria Truce Largely Holds as Aid Preparations Begin

A new ceasefire in Syria brought a full day with no combat deaths in the war between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents, a monitoring body said, as efforts to deliver aid to besieged areas got cautiously underway.

3. Record US Military Aid Deal for Israel to Be Signed on Wednesday

The United States and Israel have agreed on a record $38 billion package of US military aid and will sign the new pact on Wednesday, enshrining defence funding for Washington’s closest Middle East ally for the next decade, officials said.

4. Activists Seeking Hong Kong’s Independence May Cause Legal Battle with China

The emergence of a new generation of activists seeking independence for Hong Kong could trigger a legal battle with China that undermines the independence of its judiciary, senior government, legal and diplomatic officials warn.

5. Juncker to Rally Support for Post-Brexit EU, Push Investment

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will try to rally support for the European Union, a project battered by the UK Brexit referendum and divided over the way forward, when he makes his annual State of the Union address.

6. Britain’s Libya Intervention Based on Flawed Intelligence: Report

Britain’s 2011 military intervention in Libya, ordered by former Prime Minister David Cameron, relied on flawed intelligence and hastened the North African country’s political and economic collapse, lawmakers say in a damning report.

7. Protesters Slam North Dakota Pipeline, but Company ‘Committed’

Holding signs and banners and chanting “Oil Kills”, protesters in Atlanta and other US cities shouted support for Native American activists trying to stop construction of a North Dakota pipeline that they say will desecrate sacred land and pollute water.

8. Silicon Valley Online Course to Mint Self-Driving Car Engineers

Silicon Valley is creating a crash course in self-driving car technology to address a shortage of engineers with help from a start-up in a different field – online education.

9. Ghana President Outlines Policy Plans Ahead of December Election

Ghanaian President John Mahama outlined the ruling party’s plans for the next four years in a bid to establish policy credibility ahead of what is expected to be a tight general election in December.

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