Friday, January 17, 2014

World News Briefs -- January 17, 2014

US Agrees To Send New Arms, Artillery To Iraq To Fight Al Qaeda -- FOX News

The United States has agreed to send new arms to Iraq to thwart Al Qaeda-linked militants currently controlling Fallujah following a request by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, senior defense officials told Fox News.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the Iraqi leader on Tuesday, although White House officials suggest the weapons – artillery and assault rifles – were not the primary thrust of the conversation. The United States is also in discussions with the Iraqis to send officials to Jordan to train Iraqi security forces.

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Kerry urges all sides to attend Syria talks.

Kerry insists no place for Assad in Syria's future.

Syria conflict: Government offers prisoner exchange.

Syria ready for ceasefire in Aleppo.

Iraq army presses Anbar assault as unrest kills six.

U.N. inspectors to visit Iran uranium mine on January 29: Iran TV.

Iran has $100 billion abroad, can draw $4.2 billion: U.S. official.

White House releases summary of Iran nuclear deal.

Hariri assassination trial enters second day.


NATO strike kills 2 civilians, 10 insurgents in Afghanistan.

Suicide bomber targets Lebanese restaurant in Kabul.

Thailand crisis: Blast targets Bangkok protest rally. Tension mounts in Thailand after blast wounds 36 protesters.

High-level military meetings between India and Pakistan could cool down regional tensions.

Indonesia to Australia: stop crossing the line.

Top Chinese military official accused of amassing illegal wealth.

ASEAN meeting opens in Burma.


South Sudan conflict: UN says atrocities on both sides.

86,000 flee South Sudan in past month.

UN official sees risk of genocide in CAR.

Congo's army launches offensive in volatile east.

Analyst: New Nigeria military chief 'new strategy' against Boko Haram.

Militants blow up gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai.

Madagascar court confirms President-elect.


Sochi expected to be the most expensive Olympics ever.

At least seven injured in southern Russia blasts.

Ukraine chides West for criticism of new anti-protest law.

Hague warns Scots of EU exit on independence.

President Hollande visits partner Trierweiler in hospital.

Greece's Golden Dawn investigated over mock execution pictures.

Tornado jet crashes in Germany, crew safe.


Obama proposes new limits on NSA phone collections.

U.S. industry shows muscle in late 2013.

Mexican government says 'vigilantes not the target. Vigilantes take on drug cartels terrorising south-west Mexico.

Venezuela looks to Army general to damp spiraling prices.

Canada PM Harper to make first official Mideast trip.

Bomb explodes in Colombian town as rebel ceasefire ends.

Concern after Argentina's President long silence.

California governor declares drought emergency, asks for conservation.


From Falluja to Maghreb, a new, diffuse Al Qaeda.

Tehran accuses Tel Aviv of ‘state terrorism' after claims Israel killed 1994 Argentina bombing perpetrators.

Senate says no doubt al-Qaeda in on Benghazi.


Royal Dutch Shell issues profit warning.

Is Google more innovative than Apple?

Surging U.S. shale oil helps ease OPEC prices in 2013.

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