Saturday, June 25, 2016

World News Briefs -- June 25, 2016

Reuters: Germany, France press Britain for quick EU divorce

Germany and France led demands on Saturday for Britain to negotiate a quick divorce from the European Union, with Paris warning that populism will otherwise take hold after the vote to leave the bloc sent shockwaves around the world.

The European Central Bank added to the pressure by saying Britain's financial industry, which employs 2.2 million people, would lose the right to serve clients in the EU unless the country signed up to its single market - anathema to "leave" campaigners who are set to lead the next government in London.

Britain's decision to leave the EU, the world's largest trading bloc, is the biggest blow since World War Two to the European project of forging greater unity.

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Syria conflict: Russian air strikes target Aleppo rebels. Syrian or Russian air strikes kill dozens in eastern Syria: monitoring group.

Syria: Kurdish-led forces edge into ISIL-held Manbij.

Hezbollah to send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo.

Turkey boosts military powers in fight against Kurdish militants.

Turkish parliament grants immunity to military for anti-Kurdish campaigns.

Erdogan meets Hamas leader amid reports of Israel deal.

Iranian troops clash with Kurdish separatists near borders with Turkey, Iraq.

Low expectations for Kerry-Netanyahu meeting in Rome.


U.S. renews strategic air strikes against Afghan Taliban. First US raids target Afghan Taliban since Obama order.

Eight Indian police officials dead, 20 injured in Kashmir militant attack.

China cuts communication channel with Taiwan. China cuts official contact with Taiwan over new president.

Religious tensions in Myanmar village after mosque destroyed.

North Korea nuclear, missile programs meant to hold US 'hostage'.

North Korea rejects UN rebuke, warns tensions 'uncontrollable'.

India blames China for stalled nuclear group entry.

Malaysia Airlines flight 370: possible wreckage found on Tanzanian island.


Somali Islamist militants attack hotel in Mogadishu. Big blast rocks Mogadishu hotel. Attack on hotel in Somali capital kills at least seven: police.

Libyan government forces repel IS counterattack in Sirte. Car bomb near Benghazi hospital kills 5 in eastern Libya.

Cameroon says Boko Haram group kills four civilians in attack.

South Sudan: UN food relief agency warns of worsening food, nutrition status.

Congo's President promises democratic vote despite tensions.

Congo arrests politician accused of leading militia that raped children.

After Islamist attacks, Tunisia's tourism struggles.

South African court refuses Zuma appeal request in arms case.


Britain, EU at odds over timing of divorce talks. Brexit referendum: EU ministers press UK for quick exit. EU governments pile pressure on UK to leave as soon as possible.

From Edinburgh to Gibraltar, Brexit vote sparks new claims.

EU referendum: Europe's press gripped by Brexit drama.

EU referendum petition signed by more than 1.5m.

After Brexit vote, Scotland and N. Ireland reconsider ties to Britain.

Johannesson set to win Iceland's presidential election. Iceland historian Johannesson tipped to be voted president.

Fed up with politics, Spanish voters expected to skip election.

Belgium detains 2 in new anti-terror raids.

Pope says 'never again' to tragedies like Armenian genocide.


Obama accuses Trump, GOP of spreading hate.

Trump hopes for boost from Brexit vote.

Bernie Sanders says he'll vote for Clinton (still no endorsement, though).

Venezuela: Petition for Maduro recall vote 'validated'. Venezuela opposition says petition to oust Maduro is validated.

Venezuela dialogue could open way for international help: U.S. diplomat.

Colombia Farc: Celebrations after ceasefire ends five decades of war.

Three Mexican federal police gunned down in market.

At least 26 dead in West Virginia flooding. West Virginia deadly floods: Hundreds rescued, 23 dead.

Catholic priests in Montreal banned from being alone with children.


Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos.

ISIS announces Asia pivot in propaganda video targeting Malaysia, Philippines. Islamic State officially creates province in the Philippines.

Al Qaeda: Orlando shooter should have targeted whites.


Global markets lose $2 trillion as 'Brexit' raises economic fears.

Brexit strips world’s 400 richest people of $127bn - Bloomberg.

Lagarde says IMF will work to dampen volatility after Brexit.

Oil prices plunge 5% as Britain votes to leave EU.

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