BRITAIN

Cameron calls for debate

in Parliament on airstrikes

Prime Minister David Cameron called for a debate and vote in Parliament on Wednesday on whether Britain should launch airstrikes against militants in Syria, arguing that the nation must stand with its allies in confronting extremism.

Cameron's statement Monday comes only hours after opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn decided that Labour Party lawmakers would be allowed to vote their conscience on the matter - rather than have a unified stance.

The move by the Labour leader gave Cameron confidence he had the votes to clinch an expansion of the mandate of British forces to hit Islamic State group militants - also known as ISIL - not just in Iraq, but Syria as well.

"I can announce that I will be recommending to cabinet tomorrow that we hold a debate and a vote in the House of Commons to extend the airstrikes that we have carried out against ISIL in Iraq to Syria, that we answer the call from our allies and work with them because ISIL is a threat to our country and this is the right thing to do," he said.    - AP

AFGHANISTAN

U.S.: Attack may be near

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Monday warned American citizens in Afghanistan that officials had received "credible reports of an imminent attack," and urged them to be careful when traveling in the area. The embassy said in a statement that the reports indicated that an attack could occur in the capital "within the next 48 hours." "During this period of heightened threat, the U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution if moving around the city," the embassy said in the release. - Washington Post
TURKEY

No apology to Russia

Turkey won't apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria, the Turkish prime minister said Monday, stressing that the military was doing its job defending the country's airspace. Ahmet Davutoglu also said Turkey hopes Moscow will reconsider economic sanctions announced against Turkish interests following last week's incident. The Turkish resort town of Antalya is "like a second home" to many Russian holidaymakers, he said.    
- AP