Thursday, April 30, 2015

World News Briefs -- April 30, 2015 (Evening Edition)

BBC: US Navy to assist US-flagged ships through Strait of Hormuz

Defence officials have said that US Navy ships will accompany US-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, to make sure they are not interfered with by Iran.

Iranian patrol boats surrounded a US cargo ship in the strait on Friday.

Earlier this week, Iranian naval ships reportedly fired warning shots near a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship before seizing it and its crew.

The strait connects the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf.


Iran says warships at entrance to key Yemen strait.

Navy to escort U.S. commercial ships near Iran.

Shipping company says crew of vessel seized by Iran is safe. Iran embassy says Maersk vessel to be freed after debts settled.

Saudi says dozens of Yemen rebels dead in border battle.

Besieged Yemeni city sees worst fighting yet: residents.

U.S. coalition target Islamic State with 21 air strikes: statement.

Five car bombs kill 17 across Baghdad.

Iraq poised to deploy Iran-backed Shi'ite militia in offensive in West.

Islamist fighters seize southern Syria crossing: monitor.

U.S. allies in Middle East ramping up support for rebel forces in Syria.

UK tells UN of Iranian attempts to buy nuclear technology - report.

Near Syrian border, wounded fighters and civilians recover.

Saudi Arabia burns through foreign reserves.


Nepal earthquake: two rescued after five days in Kathmandu building wreckage.

Afghan forces struggle to drive back Taliban from besieged city.

China and South Korea criticise Japanese prime minister's speech in US.

China says U.S.-Philippines drill bad for regional peace.

3 killed in Chinese town where North Koreans blamed in past. North Korean soldiers suspected of China killings.

North Korea 'may have restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor'.

Kim Jong-un won’t attend WWII celebration in Moscow.

U.S. criticizes North Korean diplomats for drowning out dissidents at UN.

India worried as China, Russia expand ties with Pakistan.

Ten men jailed in Pakistan over Malala attack.

Vietnam celebrates 40 years since end of war.


DR Congo grants amnesty to hundreds of M23 rebels.

United States says Burundi risks boiling over if political opposition stifled. Burundi on edge over leader’s election bid as thousands flee. Burundi opposition leaders threaten to boycott vote.

Nigeria: More women and children freed from Boko Haram.

Chad tightens security against Boko Haram at cost of disruption.

Nine soldiers killed in rebel attack in Mali: defense ministry.

Libya: IS militants kill 2 Tunisian reporters kidnapped last year.

Libya's Benghazi, cradle of anti-Gaddafi revolt, torn by chaos that followed.

Chad, E.Guinea troops also accused of child sex abuse.

Kenya softens its position on proposed closure of Dadaab refugee camp.

Kenya 'ignored Garissa university raid intelligence'.


Russia may be readying for new Ukraine offensive: NATO commander.

Western leaders agree ceasefire in Ukraine needs to stabilize: Germany.

IMF says to visit Kiev May 12 to review bailout program.

One Ukrainian serviceman killed in separatist attacks: Kiev military.

Chechen leader Kadyrov ready to give evidence in Nemtsov murder case.

Russia cuts rates as rouble rallies.

German police prevent terror attack, paper reports.

Greece signals concessions in crunch talks with lenders.

IMF says next Greek payment to Fund due May 6.

Mediterranean boat disaster: '200 Senegalese' among dead.


Colombia's high court urges probe of ex-President Uribe.

Bid to end mass collection of phone data advances in Congress.

Baltimore death draws nationwide protests.

US Senate rejects tying terrorism support to Iran sanctions relief.

Colombia's ex-spy chief sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Violent clashes at Brazil teachers' protest in Curitiba.

Chile's Bachelet seeks rapid approval of anti-corruption measures.

Argentina to pay compensation over 1994 Jewish centre attack.

Pope Francis orders Vatican to open Argentina Dirty War disappearance case files.

Medicine shortages so bad Venezuela is using fingerprinting.


Former Guantánamo detainees protest in Uruguay to demand aid from US. Uruguay threatens to cut off public assistance to ex-Guantanamo detainees.

GOP measure would make it harder for Obama to empty Guantanamo.

Terrorism in Africa: The imminent threat to the United States.


George Soros may face a monster tax bill.

Anonymous messaging Secret app 'worth $100m' shut down.

Meet the richest person in New York.

U.S. oil hits five-month high as dollar weakens.


Jay Farquharson said...

WNU Editor,

Tip for you,

As per Independent News 786 sources also, European intel said that Saudi forces’ mass AWOL forced Riyadh to declare ceasefire and dissuaded it from launching ground attacks against Yemen.
Other reports also said that over 10,000 soldiers from different Saudi military units have fled army battalions and the National Guard.

War News Updates Editor said...

Thank you for the link Jay. The Saudi decision to back-off from a land invasion surprised many .... if this story is true .... we now now why.