A Turkish military tank at the border with Syria. Its attack on Kurdish militia has been condemned by the EU. Photo: Orlok / Shutterstock
Barnier rebuffs UK proposals, Halle synagogue shooting, US intelligence analyst arrested, Rugby World Cup matches cancelled. Delano’s breakfast briefing.
Turkey's attack on Kurdish militia condemned
Following the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, Turkish troops, supported by the Syrian National Army, attacked Kurdish militia in the north east of the country on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The attack brought immediate condemnation from the EU, with Jean-Claude Juncker calling on Turkey to cease the operation and saying that the EU would not fund a “safe zone” inside Syria, Deutsche Welle reports. Donald Trump said he did not endorse the attack and called it “a bad idea”, according to the Mail. He also said that the Kurds “didn't help us in the Second World War; they didn't help us with Normandy”, Business Insider reports. But with some Republicans criticising the president for abandoning the Kurds, who had fought against ISIS, Mike Pompeo was left to defend the US troop withdrawal, the BBC says.
Johnson and Varadkar to meet
UK prime minister Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will hold a private meeting in “neutral” north-west England today in a last-ditch attempt to find compromise on the Irish border question, The Guardian reports. They will not seek a deal themselves, but will discuss “the process for securing agreement” according to The Irish Times. The Irish Independent says details of the meeting are being kept secret at the behest of Downing Street.
Barnier dismantles UK proposals
Meanwhile in the European Parliament on Wednesday, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier issued what Politico called a “strongly worded rebuke” of the UK’s latest proposals for a Brexit deal. The Independent says Barnier tore apart the plan point by point. And Jean-Claude Juncker said that although he is still hopeful of a deal, he warned that the EU will not accept “this blame game which started in London”, according to the FT.
Yom Kippur shooting leaves 2 dead in Germany
Two people were shot dead near a synagogue in the German city of Halle on Wednesday. The Local Germany has a breakdown of what happened. CNBC reports that some 2,200 people watched the attack as it was live-streamed via Twitch. The Mail says the 27-year old attacker was arrested after trying to flee the scene in a taxi.
US intelligence analyst charged with leak
A counterterrorism analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency has been arrested on charges of leaking classified information to two reporters, CNN reports. 30-year-old Henry Kyle Frese could face 20 years in prison, according to The Hill.
Trade talk rumours spread market uncertainty
US stock futures fell on Wednesday after conflicting reports emerged surrounding the resumption of trade talks with China, CNBC reports. And Bloomberg says Asian markets were also “whipsawed by contrasting headlines”.
9am: the Chamber of Deputies will hear the maiden speech of new Déi Gréng MP Semiray Ahmedova and will also hear a statement from cabinet minister Carole Dieschbourg about the Traversini affair. 1pm:The Nobel Prize for Literature is to be awarded after a one-year gap.
The approach of Typhoon Hagibis has forced the cancellation of two matches at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Saturday’s New Zealand v.Italy and England v. France ties will now be declared as scoreless draws. The Guardian has live updates.
Today’s breakfast briefing was written by Duncan Roberts