Canada says EU's 'job' to save trade pact

Canada's trade minister Chrystia Freeland said the "ball is in Europe's court" to save the CETA trade dealCanada turned up the heat on the European Union Saturday, saying it was the bloc's "job" to save a trade pact put in doubt by a Belgian region's refusal to sign on. Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian trade minister, was firm after leaving last-ditch talks with European parliament head Martin Schulz to salvage the proposed accord that was seven years in the making. "Now the ball is in Europe's court and it's time for Europe to finish doing its job," Freeland said, adding that she was returning to Toronto on Saturday but hoped to be able to come back on October 27 and sign the agreement.

The Latest: Turkey to clear 5,000 kilometer zone in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's president says the country will be expanding its operations in north Syria, including entering the cities of al-Bab, Manbij and Raqqa.
Football: Ambitious China appoint Lippi

Marcello Lippi has been appointed to head the national Chinese football team, taking up the job as the team struggles in World Cup qualifiersWorld Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi was named China's new boss on Saturday at a time when the country's ambitions to become a footballing powerhouse have rarely looked more remote.

Egypt appeals court upholds Morsi 20-year sentence

Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi, pictured in June at a court in CairoThe Court of Cassation also upheld sentences against eight of his codefendants, including seven who received the same prison term and one who was sentenced to 10 years in prison, a judicial official said. Morsi had been convicted in April 2015 of involvement in deadly clashes outside the presidential palace during his year in power. Egypt's first freely elected civilian president, Morsi came to power after Mubarak's overthrow.

Iraqi leader resists US push for Turkish role in Mosul fight

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter (L) is in Baghdad to meet commanders from the coalition assisting Iraqi forces in their drive against the Islamic State groupBAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter's push for Iraq to let Turkey play a role in the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group encountered stiff resistance Saturday from Iraq's prime minister, who said his country's forces will oust the militants from the northern city.

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