QWorld: Putin Rejects Allegations; Thai King’s Health Not Stable

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1. Putin Rejects Accusations of Meddling in US Election

Even as WikiLeaks released another trove of internal documents from Hillary Clinton's campaign, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted his country is not involved in effort to influence US presidential election.


2. Kerry, Lavrov to Resume Talks on Syria Despite War Crimes Row

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart in Switzerland to discuss Syria, officials said, as a devastating bombing campaign of the city of Aleppo intensifies.

3. Missile Again Fired at US Navy From Houthi Territory in Yemen

US Navy destroyer was targeted in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels. This is the second such incident in four days, US military revealed.


4. Thai King's Medical Condition Has "Overall Not yet Stabilised": Palace

The health of Thailand's 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, has "overall not yet stabilised", the palace informed on Wednesday.

5. Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Deadly Mosque Attack in Afghan Capital

The Islamic State on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a mass shooting that killed at least 18 worshippers at a shrine in the Afghan capital, raising fears of sectarian violence after a string of attacks on the country's Shi'ite minority.


6. Turkey Says Its Troops to Stay in Iraq Until Islamic State Cleared From Mosul

Planned US-backed operation to drive Islamic State from Iraqi city of Mosul could cause "blood and fire" in region if not carefully handled, Turkey has warned, saying it will keep troops nearby despite Baghdad's opposition.

7. Legal Challenge to British Government's Right to Trigger EU Divorce Begins

A legal bid to force the British government to seek parliamentary approval before starting the formal process of leaving the European Union will begin on Thursday, with ministers calling it an anti-democratic tactic to delay Brexit.


8. Turkey Revives Plans to Strengthen Erdogan's Office, Lira Falls

Turkey's government said it would revive efforts to change the constitution and expand the powers of the presidency, helping send the lira, the Turkish currency to a record low as investors fret about renewed political uncertainty.

9. Thousands March for Colombia Peace, Rebel Leader Sees Solution Soon

Thousands of Colombians wearing white and carrying flowers marched through Bogota demanding that politicians revive a peace accord to end five-decades of war after voters rejected the hard-fought deal in a referendum.

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