Turkish Red Crescent says sending aid for 10,000 to Iraq's Mosul

The Turkish Red Crescent is sending trucks of aid to northern Iraq with enough food and humanitarian supplies for 10,000 people displaced by fighting in Mosul, the president of the agency said on Friday. "In the first stage, we are sending this aid to the nearly 30 villages around Mosul that have been liberated. There are 3,000 to 4,000 people on the move from those villages, the trucks aim to reach them," Kerem Kinik told Reuters.
Islamic State takes 550 families to be human shields in Mosul: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have taken 550 families from villages around Mosul and are holding them close to Islamic State locations in the Iraqi city, probably as human shields, a spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. U.N. spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani, citing "corroborated information" from the area, said the office was also investigating reports that Islamic State militants had killed 40 civilians in one village. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans)
The Latest: Serbia denies politics involved in aid for Syria

Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff speaks in front of a map of the Aleppo area, at a briefing at the Russian Defense Ministry's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The Russian military says that Russian and Syrian warplanes are staying away from Aleppo a day before a temporary pause in the military push declared by Moscow. Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said the "humanitarian pause" in Aleppo will last from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, three hours longer than the Russian military initially announced. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria where a Russia-announced pause in the fighting is underway to allow civilians, rebels to leave besieged areas of Aleppo (all times local):

UK says there are no plans to alter Calais border agreement

Migrants stand near a highway overpass near the makeshift camp called "The New Jungle" in CalaisThe Le Touquet agreement which allows British officials to check passports in France and vice versa is working and there are no plans to change it, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Friday. The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday that France's Alain Juppe, who is on course to win the centre-right's presidential ticket and favourite to win power in next year's national election, said he would seek to overturn the treaty, which effectively pushes the British frontier to Calais in northern France.

British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in $47B deal

LONDON (AP) — British American Tobacco offered Friday to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion cash-and-stock deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and bring together brands like Camel, Dunhill, and Newport.

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