International news in brief

U.S. accuses Russia of aggregating Syria

MOSCOW — Russia took major military action in Syria. As a response to the escalation of conflict within the region, Russian forces launched airstrikes aimed at ISIS terrorists. Yet, they instead targeted groups fighting the Assad regime, causing U.S. diplomats to question the legitimacy of the operation.

Source: The Guardian

Turkish forces save 3,500 Syrian refugees

IZMIR, Turkey — The Syrian refugee crisis continues in the Aegean Sea as Turkish coast guards recovered 30 bodies and rescued 3,500 refugees over the course of the past week. The refugees were attempting to cross the Aegean with the assistance of human traffickers to reach Kos, a Greek Island.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Guatemala struggles amidst strong rains

GUATEMALA CITY — Continued heavy rain led to an immense rockslide, displacing hundreds of people from their homes in the small Central American country. Search and rescue operations continue as the country struggles with one of the worst natural disasters it has faced in the past decade.

Source: Reuters

Taliban takes Kunduz, heavy fighting rages on

KABUL, Afghanistan — Residents fled Kunduz as the Afghan Government rallied to retake the Afghan city from the Taliban. The city is considered to be a highly strategic location by both parties. Anxiety in the provincial capital has increased, causing analysts to worry about a domino effect that could leave the entire state in political turmoil.

Source: The New York Times

Tension decreases in Ukraine with Paris talks

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels have agreed to withdraw remaining heavy artillery and weapons from the front lines, a move that could signal the end on the war, according to negotiators from both parties. Talks will continue in Paris on Friday in a meeting brokered by French and German officials.

Source: The Telegraph