LATEST: Rajoy And Rivera Sign Stillborn Confidence Vote Deal https://www.thespainreport.com/articles/875-160828144537-rajoy-and-rivera-sign-stillborn-confidence-vote-deal …
Rajoy's turn. Urgency, speed, Spain needs a government, etc. Says he now has support of 170 MPs for confidence vote.
Rajoy admits, again, that 170 MPs is not enough for him to win the vote
Rajoy reading off some statements in his usual dull tone. About zero emotion in his voice
Rajoy reminds journalists that the creation of a working group on constitutional reform "doesn't mean we're going to reform it".
Rajoy finishes reading, looks at his watch, bored: "I don't want to keep you any longer
Rivera says 100 of the 150 measures in the new deal with the PP are the same as the ones he signed with the PSOE in the spring.
Rivera boasts that thanks to Ciudadanos-PP deal on election of judges, "Montesquieu comes back to Spanish politics". He really said that.
Rivera talking up Ciudadanos' role in the talks with PP, says they want PSOE and Podemos to sign up to the "anti-corruption agreement".
Turkish police locate key Gülenist coup imam Adil Öksüz in northwestern Sakarya province http://sabahdai.ly/0460Mr
FSA wants to fight SDF in Manbij. SDF captured Manbij from ISIS after 2-months heavy battle, losing over 200 men
@Marianhouk not an isolated incident. More SDF severely beaten/tortured by Faylaq al Sham Islamist fighters.
Turkish aim to create this security zone, seems to include #Manbij? http://www.yenisafak.com/dunya/sirada-orasi-var-2518479 …
True intentions become clear as Turkish analysts concede...
Turkey's Intervention in Syria. @joshua_landis analysis in answer to three questions by a Turkish journalist
Casualties ( fighters & civilians ) mounting.
32 military hospitals officially brought under control of Health Ministry http://bit.ly/2busFqH
#pt - FSA factions have captured 14+ villages from SDF in 24hrs, with no meaningful comment from U.S. Seems Euphrates buffer zone emerging.
Same event; different version. Turkey says it killed terrorists; monitor says Turkey killed civilians.
Just occurring to CHP Political leader now ?
Better question: Did they first blame Gulen and now struggling to find evidence?
Around the Horn - Europe
Merkel maintains her stated positions...
Tsipras engages in same tired ditty re: give Greece debt relief, which of course he will back down from.
#Greece Jul tax revenues at 4.9bn, -196mn vs target. Indirect taxes: 2.22bn, -152mn vs target. Direct taxes: 2.68bn, -44mn vs target
More NIRP , more QE on standby apparently...
Trade talks between EU and US have broken down. German Econ Min says failed.
SPD's Gabriel undercuts Merkel....
Merkel waits on Seehofer , not going to announce until 2017 if she's seeking a third term.
Around MENA Horn - Syria , Saudi Arabia / Yemen , Iraq , Libya....
100 United Seemac foreign workers on strike today in Saudi capital Riyadh. They have 1 demand: their wages be paid.
Iraq Asks Saudi Arabia to Replace Its Ambassador to Baghda... http://gettopical.com/saudi-arabia/357913a1913ab68c90e1309a3ca61178?src=twitter … via @business
Turkey says it killed 25 'terrorists' in Syria. Human rights group says they killed at least 40 civilians
Yemen Houthis allegedly capture Saudi army post
*Casualties are higher than preliminary figures reported earlier today by major media around the world. Updates rolling in are worse. #libya
If on the first and second time you don't succeed , try , try and try again.
Gatrani not willing to rejoin PC as long as it meets in Tripoli.
Gitrani: According to the Libyan Political Agreement the Presidency Council shall meet in Tripoli only when the city is free of militias
Gitrani: We hold on to our previously stated principles,primarily taking into account rights of Cyrenaica & sacrifices made by army & police
Deputy PM Ali Gitrani announces his conditional return to #GNA PresidencyCouncil but says PC should leave Tripoli
US Election Items....
Partisan media in focus...
FWIW, essentially no one in Trump's inner circle is a fan of his "bigot" attack.
Christie on Trump calling Clinton a bigot: She started it.
Clinton 39 (+2) Trump 37 Johnson 8 Stein 3 Head-2-head: Clinton 43 (+3) Trump 40 Morning Consult
PREDICTION: Next President of the United States chances. Hillary Clinton: 70% Donald Trump: 30%
The Associated Press seems to think Clinton is as big a conspiracy hound as Trump http://huff.to/2bmIpSK
Odds & Ends....
John Kerry just promised this man millions in aid for "law enforcement."
Uber, Careem suspend services in UAE capital http://reut.rs/2cjDAJU
Sounds as absurd as the majority of economist speak does these days. Why the rise in populism is just starting.