Thursday, June 16, 2016

World News Briefs -- June 16, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Air strikes shatter Russian attempt at Syria Aleppo truce

Air strikes hit rebel-held parts of Syria's Aleppo city on Thursday just hours into a 48-hour ceasefire announced by Russia to try to curb weeks of intense fighting as government forces battle for control of the whole city.

Russia, an ally of President Bashar al-Assad, announced the brief truce in the northern Syrian city on Thursday but did not say which parties had agreed to it. There has been no public comment from Assad's government or factions fighting his forces on the truce announcement.

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Russia announces renewed ceasefire in besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.

Russian soldiers dies of wounds he suffered in Syria.

Advocacy group accuses UN of not being neutral in Syria.

Federal plan for northern Syria advances with U.S.-backed forces.

Christian militias fighting IS in Iraq hope for US support.

Civilians stuck inside IS-held Falluja at risk of disease: WHO.

Post-Islamic State Iraq should be split in three: top Kurdish official.

UAE announces end of Yemen military operations. UAE: 'War is over' for Emirati troops in Yemen.

Israeli official warns Hezbollah against another war.

EU allows Iran's state carrier to resume flights in bloc.

U.S. sanctions agency beefs up staff to help implement Iran deal.

U.N. worried about Bahrain's crackdown on political opposition.


US lawmakers take aim at North Korea over terrorism.

The Taliban now hold more ground in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001.

US commander in Afghanistan submits his 3-month take on war.

Coalition concerned about Afghanistan, Pakistan border clashes.

Truck queues back up after fighting closes Afghan-Pakistan border.

Bangladesh crackdown: more than 14,000 arrests, yet machete attacks continue.

Incoming Philippines government says to resume talks with Maoist rebels.

North Korea reduces rations again for malnourished population.

Hong Kong bookseller: China TV confession was 'forced'.


Mali urges UN to impose sanctions, beef up peace mission.

EgyptAir MS804 crash: Voice recorder recovered from sea.

Ethiopian forces 'killed 400 Oromo protesters'.

Eritrea, Ethiopia trade blame after border clash.

Libyan forces killed in suicide attack outside Sirte. 16 Libyan militiamen killed in 2 IS attacks near Sirte.

Nine killed as Congo troops clash with ex-militia fighters: NGO.

African youth blame politicians for conflicts, crises: UN poll.

No $5 million African leadership award this year, group says.

S.Africa honours Soweto uprising 40 years on.


Ukraine furious over remarks on Russia by U.N. chief Ban.

Police chief says attacked British lawmaker Jo Cox has died. British Labour lawmaker dies after shooting attack.

Polls show Britain's EU 'Out' campaign pulls ahead as referendum nears.

Brexiteers rejoice as Switzerland withdraws its EU application.

Brexit poses global financial risk, Bank of England warns.

Euro 2016: dozens arrested in Lille after England and Russia supporters clash.

France deports Russian football hooligans, fan chief.

Russia, EU pledge to continue dialogue despite sanctions.

Germans becoming increasingly xenophobic, study finds.

Spanish PM's anger at David Cameron over Gibraltar.


Colombia's FARC rebels ready to return to war if talks fail: president.

US sees Colombian resolve on drug war waning as peace looms.

Ex-Guatemalan president and VP charged in corruption scheme.

Argentina's Macri stamps out symbols of leftist predecessors.

Senate Democrats end marathon filibuster; leaders negotiating votes on gun control measures.

Venezuela sends in the army to deal with food shortage protesters. Venezuela police arrest 400 for looting in food shortage.

Haiti power vacuum looms as leader's mandate lapses.

Brazil President Temer drawn into Petrobras bribery scandal. Brazil tourism minister resigns as Temer link to graft scandal.

U.S. transfers imprisoned drug lord Hector 'El Guero' Palma to Mexican custody.

'El Chapo' prison guard killed; Mexico deploys 300 troops to guard prison.

Nearly 12,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika.

Dying MP's gender-neutral O Canada bill passes final Commons vote.


CIA chief: IS working to send operatives to the West.

Wolf dens, not lone wolves, the norm in U.S. Islamic State plots.

UN: ISIL committing genocide against Yazidis.

House votes to ban all Gitmo transfers.

ISIS hacker pleads guilty to giving terrorists US military kill list.


Wall Street rebounds, snaps five-day losing streak.

Mossack Fonseca worker arrested over data theft.

Foreign selling of U.S. Treasuries in April was most since 1978: data.

Volkswagen bets on e-cars, self-driving vehicles.

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