UN to try again on Aleppo aid convoy

After angry exchanges between the US and Russia, further talks are set for the UN in New York this week over the escalating crisis in Syria. Russia today rejected a call by US Secretary of State John Kerry for the grounding of aircraft over the territory. Meanwhile, there is to be another attempt to deliver aid to the city of Aleppo.

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Frustration within the UN is at a high level all round this week…

In the US..

In the UK, with the Labour party set to double down on Jeremy Corbyn…

err, unelectable like under your brother, or different?

but it seems like the only thing people want to talk about today is this..

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Has no-one at Nasa read Arthur C Clarke…?

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Corbyn still strong favorite as Labour leadership voting closes

Today is the last day of voting for the leadership of Britain’s Labour Party, a contest that has been going on so long it feels like Keir Hardie was an early candidate who dropped out after a disagreement with his parliamentary colleagues.

Members have until noon to choose between incumbent Jeremy Corbyn – the strong favorite – and challenger Owen Smith. The result is set to be announced on Saturday morning, as delegates gather for the party conference in Liverpool.

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In the US, another officer-involved shooting of a black man. This time in North Carolina. Police say he was armed. His family say he was holding a book. Either way, a man is dead and protests came to the streets.

Elsewhere..

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or, shorter form…

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Finally, it’s #internationaldayofpeace, so…

kind

‘Dark day’ for UN in Syria as ceasefire breaks down

What was left of a fragile ceasefire in Syria appears to have disintegrated following an attack on a UN aid convoy and the subsequent suspension of efforts to get aid into besieged areas around Aleppo.

The incident comes after diplomatic clashes and traded accusations of blame between Russia and the US following a coalition airstrike which killed more than 60 Syrian troops.

Yet even if the ceasefire had held without incident – not really ever a practical expectation – the situation on the ground looks as intractable as ever, while humanitarian conditions remain dire for those in the affected cities.

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In the US, an increasing number of people are asking how the shooting death of an unarmed black man in Oklahoma was able to happen while the New York bomb suspect, who fired at police, was taken alive.

Meanwhile on the campaign trail, there are fewer than 50 days to go and we’re talking about … Skittles.

Meanwhile in Britain…

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New York bomb suspect arrested after firefight

Update 4.30pm London:

Chelsea bomb suspect Ahmad Rahami was taken into custody in Linden NJ on Monday after what was described as a shootout with police. Two officers are understood to have been wounded in the operation. It is unclear if other suspects are still at large.

and, in the most New Jersey day ever….

This morning:

Manhunt for New York bomb suspect as UN General Assembly kicks off

As investigations continue into the weekend’s bomb incident in midtown Manhattan, with police now seeking a suspect, there is even greater security than usual in New York as the UN General Assembly is under way, with the expected arrival of world leaders – and the accompanying logistical problems – later this week.

Following the Chelsea explosion and the removal of a second, ‘pressure cooker’ device, police detonated a suspect package, part of a number found in a rucksack near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

and of course..

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EU leaders meet as UKIP meets new leader

Heads of government of the 27 – remaining – EU countries are holding their first meeting without Britain. The summit, in the Slovenian capital Bratislava, will discuss a collective response to Brexit as well as other issues aimed at “re-booting” the continent.

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Meanwhile…

Over in the reality election, Donald Trump is teasing us yet again with a promised “big statement” today on birtherism.

more to come on that jersey…

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The Chicago Cubs are the NL Central Division champions. It’s the team’s first division title since 2008.

 

UK approves controversial nuclear plant

The British government gave the go-ahead to the $24bn Hinkley nuclear power station construction project, following a review and with additional conditions. It is set to become the most costly man-made structure on the planet, and not everyone is happy.

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Meanwhile, back in the reality show election…

And in just regular fantasy world..

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Finally… well, er, yeah…

EU ‘has learned nothing’ from Brexit, taunts Farage

Nigel Farage on Wednesday warned the EU it could look forward to “more referendums” as he used Jean-Claude Juncker’s  State of the EU address to attack plans for a European ‘army’ and round on the EU’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt as the “high priest of Euro nationalism.”

Meanwhile…

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And the reality TV campaign continues…

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It’s #AskACurator Day.