Syria war: Turkish forces ‘push into IS-held al-Bab’

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have captured the western outskirts of the Syrian city of al-Bab, held by so-called Islamic State (IS), reports say. They have been fighting to take the city, about 30km (20 miles) south of Turkey, from IS since late 2016. Ten Turkish soldiers have been killed since Wednesday in the fighting. It is part of a broader offensive by Turkey to push IS and Kurdish fighters away from Turkey’s southern border. Syrian forces meanwhile have closed in on al-Bab from the south, where there is reported to be…

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Nestlé Turns to New CEO to Boost Health Push

After decades of trying to push into healthier foods, Nestlé SA is elevating a new chief executive—plucked straight from the health-care industry—to kick its effort into higher gear. Ulf Mark Schneider, 51 years old, takes the reins at Nestlé on Jan. 1. He spent the past 13 years heading German health-care giant Fresenius SE, which runs hospitals, makes medical equipment and supplies drugs and nutritional products. Nestlé, the world’s largest packaged-food company by revenue, is tapping that experience as it works to reinvigorate its drive to diversify away from the…

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Morocco: India to push agenda of sustainable lifestyle at Global Climate Meet

India will push the agenda of sustainable lifestyle at the global climate conference beginning in the Moroccan city of Marrakech today, where the focus will be on enhancing ambition, promoting implementation and providing support. At the 12-day conference, nations will continue their work on strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change. The Environment Ministry said in a statement that the importance of sustainable lifestyle anchored for the first time in the climate change agreement was a big victory for India. It said that India has always followed…

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