Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Sept. 18, 2015.
U.S., Russia to start 'military-to-military' talks over Syria
With Moscow apparently increasing its support of the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday confirmed the U.S. will likely begin military-to-military discussions with Russia. The talks would be aimed at "deconfliction" in the region, which has been mired in a bloody civil war.
[Read more from the New York Times]
Anonymous no more: 'Baby Doe' is identified
Police have confirmed the girl whose body was discovered on a Boston-area beach earlier this year is Bella Bond, previously known to the public only by the name "Baby Doe" and a computer-generated image of her face. Details on the investigation remain scarce, but officials say the girl's mother is in custody.
[Read more from Reuters]
Tourists disrupt endangered sea turtles' egg-laying ritual
Costa Rican authorities say a legion of tourists last weekend prevented sea turtles from coming to shore and laying their eggs, a nesting habit they repeat every year. They're now investigating the incident, during which the tourists reportedly touched the turtles, disturbed their nests, and obstructed them from laying eggs.
[Read more from USA Today]