Wednesday, July 27, 2016

World News Briefs -- July 27, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Advancing 21st. Century Policing Briefing event at the Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S., July 22, 2016. REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA

Reuters: Obama to make White House pitch for Clinton

Barack Obama will add an optimistic pitch on Wednesday to the campaign to elect Hillary Clinton as the first woman U.S. president, as he seeks to hand off the White House to a trusted fellow Democrat and stop Republican Donald Trump.

Clinton formally secured the Democratic Party's presidential nomination on Tuesday, coming back from a stinging defeat to Obama in her first White House run in 2008 and surviving a bitter primary fight against Bernie Sanders to become the first woman to head the ticket of a major U.S. party.

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Syria's war: 50 killed in ISIL attack in Qamishli. Dozens dead in Syria bomb blast.

Syrian military sent texts to civilians telling them to leave rebel-held Aleppo.

Syrian army says cut off all supply routes into east Aleppo.

Iraq: Homes of "convicted terrorists" to be destroyed.

U.N. calls for humanitarian truce in Yemen's Taiz province.

Turkey detains more journalists in clampdown on cleric's followers. Turkey detains more journalists in clampdown on cleric's followers.

Iran state TV retracts report on presidential election date.

Palestinians plan to sue Britain over 1917 Balfour act.


Afghan official says major offensive against ISIS underway.

N. Korea floats propaganda leaflets in river for 1st time. North Korea accuses Seoul of 'cunning plot' to release snakes over border.

Pyongyang, Washington trade blame on sidelines of nuclear peace talks.

China criticizes US, Japan, Australia for 'fanning' tensions.

Vietnam says it prefers bilateral talks with China on SCS.

Kerry talks with new Philippine president critical of US.

Indonesia to execute 14 drug convicts despite protests.

Japan plans $265bn stimulus to ailing economy.

Japan knife attack suspect tells police he feels no remorse.


Witnesses say South Sudan soldiers raped dozens near UN camp.

Residents: Oil militants attack Lagos suburb, battle police.

Mali arrest senior jihadist linked to military base attack.

Burundi's Imbonerakure youth wing accused of gang rape.

Al-Shabab says suicide bomber was former MP who defected in 2010.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe: ‘Severe’ punishment for loyalists after criticism. Mugabe to meet ex-freedom fighters after scathing attack. Zimbabwe President Mugabe warns dissenting war veterans.

South Africa's ANC likely to lose local vote in major cities: polls.


French ex-commissioner to lead EU Brexit talks, Britain cool on move.

French priest’s killer was freed from jail despite aiming to join jihadis. Hostage: Attackers forced my husband to film slain priest.

France's Hollande meets religious leaders amid row over attacks security.

Armenia standoff: Four medics 'taken hostage'.

Kremlin: Russia never interferes into electoral processes in other countries.

Kiev refuses to pay Russian debt because it was 'forced to take the money'.

Controversial Orthodox church procession enters Kyiv. Thousands of Russian Orthodox gather in Kiev despite threats.

EU Commission refrains from fining Spain, Portugal.

Separatist movement in Catalonia escalates battle with Madrid.


Bill Clinton tells a love story to make his case for Hillary.

US election: Obama tells Democrats to be scared of Trump.

Assange promises to leak ‘a lot more’ materials on US presidential elections.

Freddie Gray case: Charges dropped against remaining officers.

Over 55k Americans injured, killed by US police in just 1 yr – study.

Venezuela opposition angry at recall referendum delays.

Rousseff will not attend Olympic ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

Field post: 'Honduras has one of the world's highest rates of urban violence'.

Reagan would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr to be released.


Nusra Front split from al-Qaeda 'imminent', sources claim.

Putin calls international terrorism 'global threat'.

Russia’s Federal Security Service monitors over 220 potential suicide bombers.


Coke's sales fall short of expectations on flat volume.

Deutsche Bank profits plummet 98%, CEO warns of further cuts.

Apple sees iPhone sales drop again but beats forecasts.

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