Wednesday, June 22, 2016

World News Briefs -- June 22, 2016

Reuters: On eve of defining British EU referendum, rivals race for final votes

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his eurosceptic opponents made final pitches for wavering voters on Wednesday on the eve of a defining referendum on European Union membership with the outcome still too close to call.

The vote, which echoes the rise of populism elsewhere in Europe and the United States, will shape the continent's future. A victory for "out" could unleash turmoil on financial markets and foreign exchange bureaus reported a surge in demand for foreign currency from Britons wary sterling may fall.

"It's very close; nobody knows what's going to happen," Cameron told Wednesday's Financial Times, with opinion polls showing the rival camps neck and neck.

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Syria conflict: Air strikes on IS-held Raqqa 'kill 18 civilians'.

Gains against Islamic State not yet enough, could backfire: U.S. officials. Islamic State militants push back in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Conflict among U.S. allies in northern Syria clouds war on Islamic State.

Syrian conflict leaves over 700 doctors dead: UN.

Lebanese Army slowly crushing extremists near Syria border.

Jordan declares border with Syria 'military zone'. Jordan declares Syria and Iraq borders closed military zones.

EU to back Mideast peace with 'unprecedented' support.

Israel eyes law to remove online content inciting terrorism.

Exclusive: Bahrain national reconciliation efforts stalled - U.S. State Department.


North Korea's missile launches 'brazen, irresponsible act': U.N. chief.

White House strongly condemns North Korea missile launches.

Beijing slams US operation in Philippine Sea as ‘Cold War mentality’.

US calls on China, rivals to be calm when sea ruling issued.

China internet regulator to crack down on online comments.

EU says Myanmar needs 'space' to deal with rights abuses.

India sets new record in space mission; PSLV C34 successfully injects 20 satellites into orbit.


Islamic State conflict: Libyan forces 'make gains' in Sirte. Dozens of pro-government fighters killed in Libya clash.

Somalia army reports killing 8 Al-Shabab militants.

Nearly 200 die in a month at Boko Haram displaced camp.

Niger Delta Avengers may agree ceasefire says community leader.

Gunmen kill 4 in attack on Darfur camp for displaced: UN.

UN failed to protect civilians in South Sudan: report.

Zimbabwe delays civil servant, military wages.

Congo almost runs out of yellow fever vaccine amid epidemic.

Moise Katumbi: DR Congo presidential hopeful sentenced to jail.

Two shot dead in South African capital as looters ransack shops.


Last push for votes as EU leaders sound Brexit warning.

Italy's 5-star wants vote on euro, joining wave of referendums.

Merkel says NATO must be strengthened.

OSCE urges Ukraine and separatists to investigate ceasefire violations.

Putin, Xi to agree to step up cooperation in world scene — Kremlin.

Spain interior minister 'should quit' over secret tapes.

Poland to dig up bodies of victims of 2010 Smolensk presidential jet crash.


Clinton, Trump trade blows in sharpening US election battle.

Emails: Key security features disabled on Clinton's server.

IMF warns the US over high poverty.

US Senate narrowly rejects new FBI surveillance.

Colombia and Farc rebels reach agreement on bilateral ceasefire. Colombia and FARC rebels announce deal on ceasefire.

U.S. envoy talks with Venezuela President Maduro amid crisis.

Venezuela indicts opposition activists amid recall effort.

Canada has 'real concerns' about Russia: Trudeau.


Exclusive: Justice Department opposes new Obama proposal on Guantanamo.

US considers releasing last Russian at Guantanamo to UK.

Two California men convicted of plotting to support Islamic State.

Nominee to head US military in Africa warns of IS focus on Libya.

Netherlands drops case against man suspected of killing Isis fighters.


Panama Canal to open amid shipping downturn.

State Department 'welcomes' Boeing deal with Iran Air.

Mark Zuckerberg masks Mac webcam and microphone.

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