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DEADLY BASRA CLASHES  AS PROTESTERS TORCH GOVERNMENT OFFICE
Deadly clashes continued in Iraq's southern oil hub of Basra after hundreds gathered to mourn the death of a protester killed a day earlier.

At least six people were killed and 12 injured in violent demonstrations near a provincial government building on Tuesday when protesters stormed the office and set it alight, sources on the ground told Al Jazeera.

Sources on the ground said members of the security forces had also been injured.

"The situation is continuing to escalate after the death of a protester yesterday," said demonstrator Laith Abdelrahman. "Security forces are using live ammunition and tear gas to break up the demonstrations."

Yasser Makki died in a hospital following clashes with security forces on Monday night, while six other people were hurt.

As the clashes continued, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the unrest and ordered the ministry of interior to conduct an immediate investigation into the protests, state media reported.

Months of demonstrations are ongoing in southern Iraq over poor government services, corruption, and a shortage of potable water.

TRUMP TO CHAIR UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON IRAN
Donald Trump will chair a UN security council meeting on Iran this month to spotlight its “violations of international law” during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, according to the US ambassador, Nikki Haley.

The United States, which holds the council presidency for September, has unsuccessfully pushed the security council to call out Iran. Haley has regularly attacked Iran, accusing it of meddling in the wars in Syria and Yemen.

Haley told reporters the president was chairing the meeting “to address Iran’s violations of international law and the general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region”.

Diplomats said Iran could request to speak at the 26 September meeting, the high-level week of the UN general assembly. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is expected to address the assembly on 25 September. The Iranian UN mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Haley said the United States would not object to Rouhani speaking.

NETHERLANDS TO DEPORT  ARMENIAN CHILDREN WHO WENT INTO HIDING
Two Armenian children, who have spent a decade growing up in the Netherlands, are set to be deported to Armenia after they came out of their hiding and reported to the authorities.

Dutch officials on Tuesday said Howick, 13, and his sister Lili, 12, who were hiding for the past three days to avoid imminent deportation, will be sent to their mother in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, before September 8.They had arrived in the Netherlands in 2008.

Last year, the mother, Armina Hambartsjumian, lost a decade-long legal battle for asylum and was sent to Armenia without her children. Before she was deported, the 37-year-old sent the two children to a secret address. But they were found by Dutch officials and sent to a foster family.

Last week, the Council of State, the Netherlands' highest court, decided that Lili and Howick should be deported to Armenia to live with their mother.

Following the decision, Hambartsjumian wrote to the Dutch government, pleading asylum for her children. She also said they were "hiding" in a "safe place".

"After three days of hiding, the two Armenian 'asylum children' have reported to authorities on Monday," a Dutch newspaper was quoted.

LEADER OF HAQQANI NETWORK IN AFGHANISTAN IS DEAD, SAY TALIBAN
An Afghan insurgent leader whom America sponsored for years as “goodness personified” and who then fought for decades as one of its most feared enemies has died. Jalaluddin Haqqani’s death is unlikely to have much military impact, as he ceded control of his eponymous Haqqani network to his son years ago, but it marks a symbolic generational shift. Haqqani was a key military leader for four decades of Afghanistan’s civil war, switching allies and backers but never putting down his weapons.

He first took up arms against Moscow with US support, then befriended Osama bin Laden and embraced the Taliban and finally came full circle to lead some of the most brutal attacks against American troops and the Afghan government they backed. He was accused of introducing suicide bombing to Afghanistan, a tactic responsible for thousands of deaths.

He built up an enduring relationship with Pakistan’s powerful and secretive military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. Decades later, after a 2011 attack on the US embassy in Kabul, Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described the Haqqani network as “a veritable arm” of the ISI.

BOB WOODWARD'S BIZARRE  PHONE CALL WITH TRUMP
President Donald Trump called journalist Bob Woodward on August 14, CNN has learned, apparently because the President was alarmed by reports that Woodward is publishing a new book about him.

Woodward recorded the call with Trump's permission and CNN obtained a full transcript of the conversation. The Washington Post first reported on the 11-minute call.  
Trump has been complimentary of Woodward in the past, and initially his manner was friendly. Woodward explained that he's disappointed Trump didn't sit down for an interview for the book and said he put in several requests.




At first, Trump said he didn't know anything about it.  "It's really too bad, because nobody told me about it," Trump said. "You know I'm very open to you. I think you've always been fair."

EMERGENCY  ON US GULF COAST AS STORM GORDON NEARS
A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana and Mississippi as Tropical Storm Gordon roars towards the US Gulf Coast.

With maximum sustained winds near 65mph (105km/h), Gordon is expected to make landfall later on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned. Gordon is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane.

It could "bring life-threatening storm surge" of up to five feet (1.5m), the NHC said. At 19:00 GMT, Gordon was about 130 miles south-east of Mobile, Alabama.It is moving at a speed of 15mph in a north-westerly direction.

The National Weather Service in New Orleans gave tips to city residents how to prepare for the arrival of the storm.

Meanwhile, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell warned: "The city's absolute number one priority is to ensure the safety of our residents."
New Orleans was devastated by deadly Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

UN SAYS CEASEFIRE  AGREED
The United Nations says the rival militia factions that have been fighting in Libya's capital Tripoli for the past week have agreed a ceasefire.

At least 47 people have been killed and 1,800 families internally displaced by the violence, officials say.

Last week, a ceasefire deal announced by officials from western cities only held for a few hours.

A UN-backed government is nominally in power in the capital, but militias occupy much of the rest of the country.

"Under the auspices of [UN envoy Ghassan Salame], a ceasefire agreement was reached and signed today to end all hostilities, protect civilians, safeguard public and private property," the Unsmil mission said.

The ceasefire also provides for the reopening of the capital's only functioning airport, Mitiga, which has been closed since 31 August due to the clashes.

The agreement "does not aim to fix all the Libyan capital's security problems; it seeks to agree on a broader framework on the way to start addressing these issues," the mission said.

The talks included military officers, leaders of various armed groups in and around the capital and the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

CANADA PM INDICATES HE WILL NOT BEND ON KEY NAFTA DEMANDS AT TALKS
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated on Tuesday that Canada would not compromise on key demands at high-level talks this week with the United States to update the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Senior officials from both sides are due to meet in Washington on Wednesday in a bid to settle major differences amid pressure from Washington for a quick settlement.

“There are a number of things we absolutely must see in a renegotiated NAFTA,” Trudeau told reporters in the Pacific province of British Columbia.

“No NAFTA is better than a bad NAFTA deal for Canadians and that’s what we are going to stay with.”

U.S. President Donald Trump - who signed a NAFTA side deal with Mexico last week - has threatened to impose auto tariffs on Canada or exclude it from the three-nation pact unless an agreement can be struck quickly.

Trudeau made clear, however, he would insist on keeping the so-called Chapter 19 dispute-resolution mechanism that Washington wants to scrap.




NIKE SENT 'TERRIBLE MESSAGE'  WITH KAEPERNICK DEAL
President Trump on Tuesday said he thinks Nike is sending a “terrible message” by featuring NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick in its 30th anniversary "Just Do It" advertising campaign.

“I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it,” Trump said in an interview with The Daily Caller. “But I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent. There’s no reason for it.”

But Trump also acknowledged that Nike has the right to feature Kaepernick in the advertisement.

“As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way — I mean, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”

Trump also said in the interview that “Nike is a tenant of mine,” referencing Nike’s five-floor Niketown store at Trump’s property on 57th Street in New York City.

NASTY STUFF': TRUMP BLASTS  'BAD BOOK' ON DYSFUNCTIONAL WHITE HOUSE BY FAMED REPORTER BOB WOODWARD
President Donald Trump on Tuesday called a new book on his White House by famed investigative journalist Bob Woodward "just another bad book" and "nasty stuff."

"He's had a lot of of credibility problems," Trump told The Daily Caller in an an interview about Woodward's book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."

"I probably would have preferred to speak with him, but maybe not. I think it probably wouldn't have made a difference in the book. He wanted to write the book a certain way," the president said.

"It's just nasty stuff," Trump said of the scathing details in Woodward's tome, which the president suggested might be from "disgruntled employees or just made up" by the reporter.

The forthcoming expose says that Trump referred to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a "traitor," and "mentally retarded," while himself being called an "idiot" by White House chief of staff John Kelly in discussions with associates.

The Washington Post, published an article detailing those and other highlights of the book, which include claims that Trump administration officials snatched documents off of the president's desk to avoid having him sign them, that Trump compared his first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, to "a little rat," and called for the assassination of Syria's leader.

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