Women Petition U.N. Leader to Seek Korean Peace Treaty
By RICK GLADSTONE
SEPT. 27, 2016 [dateline, ?] [UN Headquarters NYC] [petition for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to try to effect a peace treaty between South and North Korea, after all these years of armistice only] [use psci 350] [*]
More than 130 female activists from 38 countries pressed the leader of the United Nations on Tuesday to fulfill a goal he declared after assuming the job a decade ago: a permanent peace treaty to end the Korean War.
Inside France's 'Jungle': Desperate Migrants Keep Coming to Calais
By ADAM NOSSITER and TYLER HICKS
SEPT. 26, 2016 [France] [Calais] [EU3] [river of migrants continues to create consternation in Europe] [resulting xenophobia and hyper nationalism] [use psci 350] [*]
CALAIS, France -- The migrants from Afghanistan, Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere keep coming. Almost 100 a day arrive at this dusty, ramshackle camp perched at the edge of the English Channel, just 31 miles from Britain, their ultimate goal.
Decline in Oil Prices Lands on Government Workers as Saudi Arabia Cuts Paychecks
By BEN HUBBARD
SEPT. 26, 2016 [Saudi Arabia] [Riyadh] [MENA] [as Muslims ready themselves for Hajj, Saudi and Iran bicker] [use psci 350, 463] [followup, Sep 6] [Saudi Arabia cuts paychecks as oil prices continue low] [mostly domestic-internal but repercussions for already unstable MENA] [*]
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia on Monday announced sudden, drastic cuts to salaries and perks for government employees as part of the kingdom's struggle to slash spending at a time of low oil prices.
Unrelenting Assault on Aleppo Is Called Worst Yet in Syria's Civil War
By RICK GLADSTONE and SOMINI SENGUPTA
SEPT. 26, 2016 [dateline, ?] [Syria] [-ir] [MENA] [Iraq and Syria in civil wars, basically, that are sectarian] [no greater example of the Sunni-Shi'a sectarian faultline than that that runs through Iraq and Syria] [use psci 350, 463] [followup, Sep 25] [al Assad forces and his Russian ally appear ready to finish Aleppo] [*]
Undeterred and infuriated by Western accusations of war crimes and barbarity in the aerial assault on Aleppo, the Syrian government and its ally Russia intensively bombed the city in northern Syria on Monday for the fourth consecutive day.
An Ugly Campaign, Condensed Into One Debate
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
SEPT. 27, 2016 [Times editorial] [last night's debate] [I must say I have seen many and have never seen anything quite like it] [while Clinton came off as repugnant Trump came off as knowing very little and a brawler] [is this really where our democracy has plummeted?] [*]
"Debate" is an iffy word for an exercise in which candidates are prompted by moderators to dole out their stump speeches bit by bit under hot lights while a clock counts the seconds and every quip and jab and stumble is used to keep score and proclaim a "winner."
To the Moon, North Korea? Or Does a Rocket Have a Darker Aim?
By DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
SEPT. 26, 2016 [dateline, DC] [DPRK] [North Korea] [Washington's suspicions regarding DRPK's "moon" program] [use psci 350, 355-455] [followup, Sep 9-10] [use psci 350, 355-455] [how is U.S. to respond?] [cross in govt] [*]
WASHINGTON -- Kim Jong-un is headed to the moon.
That, at least, is one of the official North Korean explanations for the testing last week of a rocket engine that, if as powerful as the North claims, would rival the commercial rockets that Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, of Amazon and Tesla, now use in their aerospace companies to fire payloads into space.
Iran's Supreme Leader Advises Ahmadinejad Not to Run for President
By THOMAS ERDBRINK
SEPT. 26, 2016 [Iran] [Tehran] [followup, Aug 25-26] [internal-domestic] [the Grand Ayatollah advises Ahmadinejad to stay away from election] [use psci 350] [*]
TEHRAN -- Iran's most powerful figure ruled out on Monday a return to politics by the former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, known in the West for his denial of the Holocaust and for bombastic threats against Israel.
Syria and Russia Appear Ready to Scorch Aleppo
By ANNE BARNARD and SOMINI SENGUPTA
SEPT. 25, 2016 [dateline, Lebanon] [Syria] [-ir] [MENA] [Iraq and Syria in civil wars, basically, that are sectarian] [no greater example of the Sunni-Shi'a sectarian faultline than that that runs through Iraq and Syria] [use psci 350, 463] [followup, Sep 24] [al Assad forces and his Russian ally appear ready to finish Aleppo] [*]
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Make life intolerable and death likely. Open an escape route, or offer a deal to those who leave or surrender. Let people trickle out. Kill whoever stays. Repeat until a deserted cityscape is yours.
Prospect of Philippine Thaw Slows China's Plans in South China Sea
By JANE PERLEZ
SEPT. 24, 2016 [China] [PRC] [Beijing] [China in the South China Sea] [use psci 350] [followup, Aug 8-9] [*]
BEIJING -- China's next big target for construction of an artificial island in the South China Sea has long been assumed to be a cluster of rocks poking above sapphire waters near the Philippines.
Jordanian Writer Is Fatally Shot
By RANA F. SWEIS
SEPT. 25, 2016 [Jordan] [Amman (Aman)] [internal-domestic] [recently, the Muslim Brotherhood participated--and apparently did well--in parliamentary elections] [followup, Sep 20] [use psci 350, 463] [here Jordanian writer who posted to facebook is killed?] [*]
AMMAN, Jordan -- A Jordanian writer and columnist was fatally shot on Sunday morning outside a court here, according to a statement released by the Jordan News Agency, or Petra.