Monday, June 20, 2016

World News Briefs -- June 20, 2016

Washington Post: What the Orlando gunman told hostage negotiators and dispatchers during his rampage

As he talked on the phone with dispatchers and crisis negotiators from the bathroom of the Pulse nightclub, Orlando gunman Omar Mateen said there was a vehicle outside with explosives and he would “ignite it” if police tried “to do anything stupid,” according to a partial transcript released by the FBI on Monday. He told those on the other end of the phone that he “did the shootings” and he vaguely threatened more attacks.

“In the next few days,” he said, “you’re going to see more of this type of action going on.”

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Islamic State suffers setbacks in Iraq, Syria.

Syrian forces advance on IS-held air base.

Dozens of US diplomats call for military strikes against Syria’s Assad. Dozens of State Dept. officials call for military action against Syria.

Turkey border guards 'shot Syrian children' - monitors. Turkish troops killed 7 adults and 4 children as they tried to flee Syria on Saturday.

UN relief wing foresees thousands more fleeing Fallujah amid ongoing fighting. IS conflict: Falluja 'humanitarian disaster' warning.

Iran 'foils plot by Sunni militants to bomb Tehran'. Iran: 'Ramadan terror plot' on Tehran foiled. Iran claims disrupting major 'terrorist plot' in the country.

Bahrain revokes top Shia cleric Isa Qassim's citizenship. Lebanon's Hezbollah warns Bahrain of consequences over cleric move.


Afghanistan: 14 Nepali security guards killed in Kabul. Kabul suicide bombing kills 14. Suicide attack on minibus in Kabul kills at at least 14.

North Korea threatens to strike US bases in case of provocations.

Indonesian navy fires on Chinese fishing boat in disputed waters.

Pakistan Afghanistan discuss border tensions after clashes. Pakistan, Afghanistan fail to reach border deal after deadly clashes.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi reiterates stance on not using term 'Rohingya': official.

With renewed fury, Japanese protest U.S. military presence in Okinawa.

Three southeast Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle.

China builds world's most powerful computer.


Somali militants kill five police in north Kenya. Islamist militants kill five police officers in northern Kenya.

At least 20 injured as military clash with citizens in Guinea's north.

Raid on South Sudan state capital killed 41, official says.

Libya eastern government declares martial law.

Congo declares yellow fever epidemic, 1,000 suspected cases.

Egyptian ex-president Morsi sentenced to life in espionage trial.

Algeria blocks access to Facebook, Twitter and 3G services over exam paper leak.


Britain's rival EU camps resume campaign as polls show momentum for 'In'.

EU gives its Mediterranean mission right to search ships for Libya-bound arms.

Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Xi Jinping in Beijing this week.

EU releases details on extended sanctions against Russia. Merkel insists Russia sanctions tied to Minsk accord.

More casualties among Ukraine troops as militants continue fierce shelling.

Croatia dissolves parliament for early vote.

Azerbaijan hopes for political solution in Karabakh conflict.


Mexico teachers protest: Six killed in Oaxaca clashes. 6 killed in Mexico during clashes between residents, teachers and police.

Trump removes campaign manager.

Donald Trump: U.S. must "start thinking about" racial profiling.

Biden to take shots at Trump in national security address.

An expensive reminder that Sanders still hasn’t dropped out: His Secret Service detail.

U.S. to reveal details of Orlando nightclub gunman's 911 calls.

Mexico Voice singer Alejandro Fuentes shot in Chicago.


US officials vexed by homegrown terror threat.

With its Caliphate faltering, Islamic State rushes to indoctrinate children.

ISIS threat to U.S. air bases, South Korea intelligence agency warns.


Apple won't aid GOP convention over Trump.

Oil prices rise as global stock markets surge.

With oil price near $50, resilient U.S. shale producers eye new chapter.

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