US, Turkey say plan reached to resolve rift over Syria town

File photo showing US special forces personnel working with Kurdish allies who played a key role in battles against Daesh in Syria. (AFP)
Updated 04 June 2018

US, Turkey say plan reached to resolve rift over Syria town

WASHINGTON: The United States and Turkey say they have agreed on a “roadmap” to resolve a rift between the two NATO allies over the strategic north Syrian town of Manbij.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. A joint statement from the two governments says they “endorsed a roadmap” that aims to “ensure the security and stability in Manbij.”
The statement included no details and the State Department had no immediate comment.
But Cavusoglu says US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia groups will withdraw from Manbij under a plan that could be implemented within six months. He says US and Turkish officials would temporarily ensure security in Manbij.
Kurdish-led forces captured Manbij from Daesh militants in 2016.


Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

Updated 33 min 58 sec ago

Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

  • Buildings and monuments are largely obscured by the haze
  • The smoke from fields mixes with vehicle emissions and construction dust, making it the world’s most polluted capital

NEW DELHI: Schools in India’s capital are shut after air quality plunged to a severe category for the third consecutive day, enveloping New Delhi in a thick gray haze of noxious air.

According to the state-run Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index Thursday exceeded 460, nine times the level recommended by the WHO.

Buildings and monuments are largely obscured by the haze and an official health advisory has asked residents to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

Air pollution in northern India, including New Delhi, peaks in the winter due to smoke from agricultural fires.

The smoke from fields mixes with vehicle emissions and construction dust, making it the world’s most polluted capital.