President Donald Trump has threatened to destroy Turkey’s economy if the country goes “off limits” following his surprise decision to pull US forces out of north-eastern Syria. Kurdish forces were key US allies in defeating Islamic State (IS) in Syria. But Turkey regards the Kurdish militias, which dominate the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as terrorists.
Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, has said he has moved his government from the capital in Quito to the coastal city of Guayaquil amid violent protests over the end of fuel subsidies. Images from Quito showed protesters hurling petrol bombs and stones, ransacking and vandalizing public buildings as well as clashing with the police in running battles late into the night.
Five more wild elephants have been found dead after plunging down a ravine in Thailand following the discovery of six this weekend. Khao Yai National Park rangers used drones to look into the bottom of the ravine the six others had fallen down and then drowned in raging water on Saturday morning. Sompoch Maneerat said the total 11 found dead include a three-year-old and 10 adult elephants.
A Canadian-American cosmologist and two Swiss scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for their work in understanding how the universe has evolved from the Big Bang and the blockbuster discovery of the first known planet outside our solar system. On Monday, Americans William G. Kaelin Jr. and Gregg L. Semenza and Britain’s Peter J. Ratcliffe won the Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine.
A ferry that sank off the Pacific nation of Kiribati – killing 95 people – was overloaded, had a drunken crew, and was not allowed to carry passengers at sea, an inquiry has found. After the boat sank, it was eight days before the alarm was raised, and most victims died at sea from hunger, dehydration and hypothermia.