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By Humeyra Pamuk and Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - At least nine more Turkish tanks entered northern Syria on Thursday as part of an operation aimed at driving Islamic State out of the border area around Jarablus and stopping Kurdish militia fighters from seizing territory, Reuters witnesses said. A senior Turkish official said there were now more than 20 Turkish tanks inside Syria and that additional tanks and construction machinery would be sent in as required. "We need construction machinery to open up roads ... and we may need more in the days ahead.
British retailers reported their strongest sales in six months in August, recovering much of an initial slump after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, industry figures showed on Thursday. The Confederation of British Industry said its retail sales volume index rose to +9, its highest since February, from -14 in July. "The summer weather has brought shoppers out onto the high street with retailers reporting that sales growth has risen, outdoing expectations, although firms do expect sales growth to ease next month," Anna Leach, CBI Head of Economic Analysis and Surveys, said.
By Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's cabinet wants to almost triple spending in the next budget, as it hopes to stabilise the fledgling country that has flirted with civil war. The cabinet approved a budget proposal for the 2016/17 fiscal year that caps government spending at 29.6 billion South Sudan pounds ($520 million), a 187 percent rise over the year that ended on June 30. The world's newest country has been ravaged by war since December 2013, when soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir clashed in the capital Juba with troops loyal to his former deputy Riek Machar.