Tuesday, July 19, 2016

World News Briefs -- July 19, 2016

The Guardian: Military coup was well planned and very nearly succeeded, say Turkish officials

Government ministers admit they fully expected to be killed by army rebels, but plotters blundered by attacking parliament, alienating potential supporters

It was midnight in the Turkish capital, just two and a half hours into the attempted coup, and the group of nine senior ministers who were gathered in a conference room at the prime ministry were convinced that they were all about to meet their end.

“They probably will be successful and we will die tonight,” said one of the ministers, according to an official who was present at the meeting. “Let us be ready to die. We will all be martyred in this fight.”

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US-led strikes kill 56 civilians in Syria: monitor.

Syrian rebels capture Islamic State headquarters in Manbij: U.S. military.

U.S. says hopes to raise in excess of $2 billion in aid for Iraq.

Turkey's Erdogan recounts night of coup, mulls death penalty. Erdo─čan refuses to rule out execution of failed Turkey coup leaders. Turkey's Erdogan cracks down on Gulen movement after abortive coup, widens purge.

Turkish military says most members of armed forces had nothing to do with coup.

U.N. chief: Bahrain's closure of main opposition bloc risks escalation.

Netanyahu: Hezbollah will face 'iron fist' if it attacks.


North Korea launches three more ballistic missiles.

India Maoist rebels kill 10 paramilitary soldiers in Bihar.

Philippines refuses bilateral talks with China following South China Sea ruling.

Beijing vows 'never to stop' construction in South China Sea, says it’s lawful. China rhetoric turns tough after unfavorable tribunal ruling.

Santoso: Indonesia police 'kill most wanted militant'.

Myanmar rebels satisfied with preparatory peace talks.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi, army chief appear together to honor independence hero.

Indian Kashmir protests flare, three killed as army opens fire.

Bus with Chinese tourists catches fire in Taiwan, killing 26. Chinese tourists die in Taiwan bus fire.

Philippines' Gloria Arroyo plunder charges dismissed.

Biden reasserts US as a 'Pacific Power' in trip to Australia.


Violence, fear and looting grip South Sudan's capital Juba.

South Sudan conflict: African Union approves regional force.

Militants seize army base in central Mali: deputy mayor. Militant attack on Mali army base kills at least 12 soldiers: officials.

49,000 kids dying of malnutrition linked to Boko Haram: UN. An estimated quarter of a million children severely malnourished in Borno state, Nigeria - UNICEF.

'Time to restart your lives', U.N. tells Ivorian war refugees in West Africa.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe says protest organizer should get out. Zimbabwe's Mugabe says activist pastor funded by foreign states.

Libya's U.N. backed government moves to tackle power cuts in key test.

Africa-wide passport launched amid skepticism at AU Summit.


Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed in eastern regions amid surge in violence.

Russia's Lavrov, Kerry discuss Syria crisis and doping scandal.

Italy says 2,500 boat migrants rescued, one body recovered.

Hollande under fire after Nice attack.

Britain will not start EU divorce this year, government lawyer says.

Russian doping: Olympic chiefs to decide on sanctions after McLaren report. Russia doping: IOC exploring 'legal options' over possibility of blanket ban from Rio 2016 Olympics.

French mayor: Man stabs woman, her 3 daughters over outfits.


Republicans set to nominate Donald Trump for President.

U.S. police deaths build momentum for law to treat attacks as hate crimes.

Half of Brazilians opposed to hosting Olympics just weeks before event: poll.

Colombia to halt temporary border openings for Venezuela shoppers.

Colombian court backs referendum on peace deal with FARC rebels.

Thirteen killed in Guatemala prison riot.

Mexico president apologises for wife's house purchase.


German train attack: IS releases video of 'Afghan knifeman'. IS group claims responsibility for train attack in Germany.

Nice attacker was inspired by Orlando nightclub attack.

Smiling just hours before the Nice attack, Bastille Day killer takes a SELFIE in the terror truck he used to murder 84 people.


Brexit throws 'spanner in the works' of global growth.

Netflix shares plummet 15% as higher prices hit subscriber numbers.

Yahoo: Still no buyer as losses widen to $440m.

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