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Argentina: Officials Seek More Funding From China

Argentine and Chinese leaders are meeting in Lima, Peru this week to discuss the terms of another currency swap to augment Argentina's dwindling foreign reserves, Cronista reported Oct. 8. Read more…

Syria: Russian Airstrikes Target Islamic State

Russia's air force struck 27 Islamic State locations overnight on Oct. 8, according to the Russian government, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: NATO Ready To Intervene If Needed

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the military alliance was ready to send troops to Turkey to defend its southern border if needed, Reuters reported Oct. 8. Read more…

Ukraine: Contact Group May Hold Emergency Meeting After Truce Violations

The Trilateral Contact Group of negotiators seeking to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine may hold an emergency meeting in Minsk after pro-Russia separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions on Oct. 7-8, according to Ukrainian military statement, UNIAN reported. Read more…

Syria: Helicopter Shot Down In Hama Province

Militants shot down a helicopter in the Syrian province of Hama Oct. 8, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Erdogan Threatens To End Nuclear, Natural Gas Cooperation With Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Oct. 8 that Turkey’s imports of Russian natural gas and Russia's construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant are at risk due to Russia’s bombing of Syria and recent violations of Turkish airspace, AFP reported. Read more…

China: Central Bank Unveils Payments System, Adopts IMF Statistical Benchmark

The People's Bank of China launched a cross-border payments system for the yuan on Oct. 8 as part of Beijing's drive to increase international use of its currency, Xinhua and the Financial Times reported. Read more…

Greece: Tsipras Survives Confidence Vote Ahead Of Reform Push, Bailout Review

The government of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras comfortably won a confidence vote on Oct. 8 as it began ramping up a push to pass key reforms before Greece undergoes a first review of its international bailout, Kathimerini reported. Read more…

Germany: Exports Drop At Fastest Pace Since 2009

German exports dropped in August the most since the height of the global financial crisis in January 2009, according to data released Oct. 8 by Germany’s Federal Statistics Office, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Russian Airstrikes Destroy U.S.-Backed Rebels' Weapons Depots

Russian airstrikes have destroyed the main weapons depots of Liwa Suqour al-Jabal, a U.S.-trained Syrian rebel group, in western Aleppo, the group's commander said Oct. 7, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Will Not Cooperate Militarily With Russia

The United States will not cooperate militarily with Russia in Syria because the Kremlin's strategy is "tragically flawed," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Oct. 7, Reuters reported. Read more…

Nigeria: At Least 14 Killed In Suicide Attacks

Three separate suicide bomb attacks in Damaturu killed at least 14 people, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said, News 24 reported Oct. 7. Read more…

Iraq: Troops Retake Territory Around Ramadi

Iraqi troops have retaken areas north and west of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, from the Islamic State, officials said Oct. 7, AFP reported. Read more…

China: Foreign Exchange Reserves Drop By Quarterly Record

China’s foreign exchange reserves fell by a record last quarter as the country’s central bank sold U.S. dollars to support the yuan, with September posting another $43.3 billion decline, according to data released Oct. 7 by the People’s Bank of China, Bloomberg and Xinhua reported. Read more…

Russia: Iraqi Military Delegation Reportedly Arrives In Moscow

According to unconfirmed reports, an Iraqi military delegation has arrived in Moscow to coordinate possible Russian airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq, Iraq Trade Link News reported Oct. 7. Read more…

EU: Seizures Of Smuggling Vessels In Mediterranean To Begin

The European Union launched Operation Sophia on Oct. 7, allowing EU naval forces in the Mediterranean Sea to board, search and seize smuggling vessels in international waters, according to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, The Guardian and EU Observer reported. Read more…

Syria: Loyalist Forces Launch First Ground Offensive Under Russian Air Cover

Intense Russian airstrikes accompanied a ground offensive by pro-government forces around Hama and nearby areas in Idlib province for the first time on Oct. 7, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, The Telegraph reported. Read more…

Kuwait: GCC States Ready For Talks With Iran, Foreign Minister Says

Member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council are ready for dialogue with Iran, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said Oct. 6, IRNA reported. Read more…