Turkey

Helicopter crash kills 13

A Turkish military helicopter crashed Wednesday near Turkey’s border with Iraq, killing all 13 personnel on board, the military said. The crash occurred in the border province of Sirnak, where Turkish troops are engaged in operations against Kurdish militants. But a military statement said the crash appeared to be accidental, with initial information indicating that the AS 532 Cougar had hit a high-voltage transmission line shortly after taking off from a base in Sirnak’s Senoba region.

Haiti

U.S. security chief pays visit

The U.S. homeland security chief made a brief visit to Haiti on Wednesday less than two weeks after the Trump administration suggested that 58,000 Haitians in the U.S. should get ready to return home. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met privately with President Jovenel Moise and other officials on the grounds that used to house Haiti’s domed National Palace before it pancaked in a devastating 2010 earthquake. After an approximately 90-minute meeting, Kelly said he told Moise that the two countries could “work together as we move forward on any future extensions” for Haitians facing repatriation from the U.S.

Czech Republic

Smoking ban takes effect

A smoking ban in Czech bars, restaurants and cafes came into effect Wednesday, putting to an end the Czech Republic’s status as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe. The ban, which applies to inside areas of bars and restaurants as well as public places like cinemas, theaters and sports venues, was approved by Parliament following years of heated debate and signed by President Milos Zeman, a chain smoker. Unlike most of Europe, Czechs had remained tolerant of smoking up till now.

Philippines

Leader blasts Chelsea Clinton

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte denounced the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Wednesday after she criticized a comment he made about rapes committed by soldiers. In an expletive-laden speech at a navy event, Duterte asked Chelsea Clinton if she also criticized her father when he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky in the White House when he was president. He said he was being sarcastic when he told troops last week that he would take responsibility for any crimes they commit while implementing martial law that he declared in the southern third of the country, even if they rape three women.

Compiled from wire reports