By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Syrian government forces backed by Russia are carrying out a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday. At a news briefing in The Hague with his Dutch counterpart, Davutoglu said 60,000 migrants had fled the violence to the Turkish border and that, while Turkey would not close its doors, the priority was providing aid to them inside Syria. "One of the aims of the latest attacks is to conduct ethnic cleansing.
The Saudi-backed Syrian opposition said that if allies supplied them with anti-aircraft missiles then they could defend civilians against Russian air strikes and that the opposition would not allow the weapons to fall into the hands of militants. "If we had these, this would solve the problem of Syria," opposition spokesman Salim al-Muslat said of the weapons.
(Reuters) - Tightening financial conditions driven by falling stock prices, uncertainty over China and a global reassessment of credit risk could throw the U.S. economy off track from an otherwise solid course, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday in prepared testimony to Congress. KEY POINTS: * In testimony that combined a steady-as-she-goes account of Fed policy with an acknowledgement of intensifying risks, Yellen said there are good reasons to believe the United States will stay on a path of moderate growth that will allow the Fed to pursue "gradual" adjustments to monetary policy.