Monday, July 18, 2016

World News Briefs -- July 18, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Turkey widens post-coup purge, demands U.S. hand over cleric

Turkey purged its police on Monday after rounding up thousands of soldiers in the wake of a failed military coup, and said it could reconsider its friendship with the United States unless Washington hands over a cleric Ankara blames for the putsch.

Nearly 20,000 members of the police, civil service, judiciary and army have been detained or suspended since Friday night's coup, in which more than 200 people were killed when a faction of the armed forces tried to seize power.

The broad crackdown and calls to reinstate the death penalty for plotters drew concern from Western allies who said Ankara must uphold the rule of law in the country, a NATO member that is Washington's most powerful Muslim ally.

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Tensions with West rise as Turkey continues purge.

6,000 detained after failed Turkish military coup, including commander of US-linked base. Turkey arrests 100 judges, 60 military for alleged coup ties.

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric tells followers to target U.S. troops fighting Islamic State.

U.N. says Iraq's battle of Mosul may cost $2 billion in aid.

Pressure mounts in Aleppo after supply line cut.

Yemen: Several dead in attacks on Mukalla checkpoints. Suicide bombers attack Yemeni army checkpoints, killing 10.

Iran hardliners gain authority in backlash that could sideline Rouhani.

Confidential text eases Iran nuke constraints.

U.S., Russia criticize U.N. chief over Iran nuclear deal report.

Palestinian stabs 2 Israeli soldiers in West Bank.


U.S. commander: Progress in fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Taliban attacks rock Afghanistan's Kunduz province.

Kazakh city on red alert as gunmen attack government buildings. Kazakhstan: 5 killed, 7 injured in Almaty terrorist attack on police station. Kazakhstan: Three police and civilian killed in 'Islamist' Almaty gun attack.

Freedom of navigation patrols may end 'in disaster': Chinese admiral.

US officers see unexpected slip in Taliban violence.

Sri Lanka police arrest ex-leader's brother on suspicion over funds.

Soaring prison population prompts Thailand to re-think 'lost' drug war.

Cambodian opposition presses on amid growing clampdown.

India outrage after gang rape victim assaulted again 'by same men'.


East African heads see more troops quelling South Sudan violence.

South Sudan fighting tops African Union summit agenda.

Foreign troops in Somalia struggle to keep Al- Shabab at bay.

Ugandan president opposes South Sudan arms embargo.

New militant group threatens to ground Nigeria’s oil production.

Protests delay Libyan oil shipments from Hariga: official.

Morocco asks to rejoin the African Union after 32 years.

HIV/Aids resurgence in Africa feared as Durban hosts conference.

On Nelson Mandela Day, UN urges action that inspires change for a better world.


British lawmakers back renewal of Trident nuclear deterrent.

German train 'axe attack': Many reported hurt. Man shot dead after ax attack on German train: reports.

Nice attack: Ties to ISIS not yet established, official says.

Attack in Nice puts French government under pressure over security measures.

French PM booed at ceremony for Nice truck attack victims.

Wounded fight for life in Nice as killer's brother tells of pre-attack call.

Thousands of Brits rush for EU passports after Brexit vote.

No sign failed coup will affect EU-Turkey migrant deal: Berlin.

Kremlin alarmed over turbulence at Russia’s borders.

Ukrainian nationalists claim cyberattack on Polish Defense Ministry.

Authorities in Armenia call on police hostage takers to give up.

Berlin to receive new UK prime minister.

Moscow lab protected doped Russian athletes at Sochi: WADA. IOC will take 'toughest sanctions' over Sochi doping.


Drama on Republican Convention floor. GOP convention kicks off as nation reels from more violence.

Trump and Clinton face chaotic world as party conventions begin.

Obama urges Americans to tamp down inflammatory rhetoric.

Louisiana gunman targeted and ambushed cops, police say.

Mexico statistics agency accused of changing poverty survey.

Mexico president apologizes for scandal, vows to fight graft with new law.

Argentina marks 22nd anniversary of terror attack.

Venezuela reopens Colombian border to allow shoppers to cross. In 2nd border opening, over 123K Venezuelans cross into Colombia in search of food.

New security measures at Brazil’s airports cause havoc ahead of Olympics.

Vietnam vet who rescued dozens of US soldiers awarded Medal of Honor.


Kerry: US, Russia to cooperate against al Qaeda in Syria.

France struck Islamic State bases overnight: minister.

Kerry: ISIL ‘on the run’ despite attacks.

Twitter, Facebook move quickly to stem celebrations of Nice attack.


Walmart starts cutting off Visa in Canada.

Microsoft to miss 'one billion' Windows 10 target.

Rate-starved U.S. banks happily gobble mortgage business.

Japan's Softbank to acquire ARM of UK for $31 billion. What is ARM and why is it worth £24bn?

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