Monday, June 27, 2016

World News Briefs -- June 27, 2016

Reuters: Iraqi army closes in on Islamic State militants holed up west of Falluja

Iraq's army sought on Monday to eliminate Islamic State militants holed up in farmland west of Falluja to keep them from launching a counterattack on the city a day after Baghdad declared victory over IS there.

Backed by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition, Iraqi artillery bombarded targets as troops closed in on up to 150 insurgents in areas along the southern bank of the Euphrates river, an army officer participating in the operation said.

The government's recapture of Falluja, an hour's drive west of the capital, was part of a broader offensive against IS, which seized large swathes of Iraq's north and west in 2014 but is now being driven back by an array of forces.

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Iraqis suffer in desert camps after flight from Fallujah.

Weapons for Syrian rebels sold on Jordan's black market.

No food, little water for Syrians stranded on Jordan border.

UN Chief urges Yemen's warring sides to reach peace deal.

Lebanon: Christian village hit by multiple suicide attacks.

Turkey prosecutes suspected killer of Russian pilot: official.

Israel, Turkey to normalize ties with 'immense implications,' says Netanyahu.


Brexit: Asian powers warnings over global stability.

Top Chinese envoy visits Vietnam as South China Sea tension rises.

Indonesian fighter jets intercept Malaysian military aircraft over Natuna islands, official confirms.

UN office builds human rights case against Pyongyang.

North Korea calls for joint meeting with South in August.

Pakistan says it has arrested three Islamic State members.

Malaysia's Najib appoints new ministers to strengthen coalition.


African Union troops in Somalia not paid for six months.

Nigerian army says it freed over 5,000 people held by Boko Haram.

Scores wounded in deadly Madagascar 'terror attack'.

Oil militants call for referendum on breaking up Nigeria.

Egypt defends transfer of Red Sea islands to Saudis.

EgyptAir crash: Paris prosecutor open manslaughter inquiry.

Rare U.N. Eritrea aid shipment shows Asmara slowly opening up.

Foreign tourist visits to Tunisia fall by 21.5 percent in first half.


UK appeals for calm as markets drop, EU leaders huddle.

We must act to prevent countries from fleeing EU – Merkel.

Merkel, Hollande in 'full agreement' on Brexit negotiations.

Germany rules out informal Brexit talks before article 50 is triggered.

Northern Ireland left reeling after Brexit vote.

Poland 'shocked' by xenophobic abuse of Poles in UK.

Spanish parties reject Rajoy's attempt at a grand coalition. Spanish election cements deadlock. Spanish elections: Mariano Rajoy moves to build coalition.

Ahead of elections, Putin praises his party for 'uniting' Russia.

Moldova’s ex-prime minister sentenced to 9 years in jail for corruption.

Armenian President expects more countries to recognize 'genocide'.


Justin Trudeau to host Barack Obama, Enrique Pena Nieto for North Americas summit.

Adios, Three Amigos: Obama heads to last summit with Canada, Mexico.

New Brazilian government suspends plans to welcome Syrian refugees.

California police probe violent clash at white supremacist rally.

Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion access law.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics: Argentina data chief pushes reform.

Panama canal reopens with hopes for trade boost as 'center of the Americas'.


ISIS video threatens San Francisco, shows Golden Gate and skyscraper.

How the US is working to defeat ISIS online.

Nonprofit group rolls out online tool to combat IS propaganda.


Brexit continues to trouble markets.

Brexit vote sends new shocks through financial markets, political chaos deepens.

Keystone XL pipeline: Company to sue over rejection.

China cuts yuan fix in biggest move since devaluation.

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