1. NETHERLANDS, AUSTRALIA VOW TO PURSUE CONVICTIONS FOR DOWNING OF MH17
Australia and the Netherlands said on Wednesday they will pursue criminal prosecutions for those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that killed everyone on board even if it takes many years.
A Dutch-led investigative team in June charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with murder, though the suspects are likely to be tried in absentia in the Netherlands.
Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said they will not rest before that court case is closed in a way in which they all can feel and sense that justice has been done.
The joint investigation team formed by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine found that the plane was downed by a Russian missile.
2. TURKEY OPENS GROUND ASSAULT ON SYRIA’S KURDS
Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery before starting a cross-border ground operation that could transform an eight-year-old war.
The assault began days after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled American troops out of the way, prompting denunciations from senior members of his own Republican Party who say he abandoned the Syrian Kurds.
According to Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), thousands of people fled Ras al-Ain toward Hasaka province. The Turkish airstrikes killed at least five civilians and three fighters from the SDF and wounded dozens of civilians.
3. MAKE MORE CONCESSIONS IF YOU WANT A BREXIT DEAL – EU
The European Union told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson he must make significant concessions if he wants to strike a last-minute Brexit deal.
As the clock ticks down to the Oct. 31 departure date, Brexit descended into a public row between London and Brussels this week as both sides position for another delay followed by an election in Britain or a resentful divorce.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said striking a Brexit deal ahead of Oct. 31 would be “very difficult” and the bloc could not accept Johnson’s proposals but he said a deal was “still possible.”