Monday, July 4, 2016

World News Briefs -- July 4, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Suicide bombers hit three Saudi cities

Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan.

The explosions targeting U.S. diplomats, Shi'ite worshippers and a security headquarters at a mosque in the holy city of Medina follow days of mass killings claimed by the Islamic State group, in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq. The attacks all seem to have been timed to coincide with the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that celebrates the end of the fast.

A Saudi security official said an attacker parked a car near the U.S. consulate in Jeddah before detonating the device. The official said the government was checking the reports of blasts in Qatif and Medina.

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Explosion near one of Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia. Multiple suicide blasts hit Saudi Arabia.

UN warns of starvation in Syrian towns, demands access.

Syria's new US-backed force stumbles in first test.

Islamic State militants paid to stage bomb attacks in Iran: State TV.

Iraq: Baghdad suicide bomb attack dead rises to 165.

After IS defeat, Fallujah victory takes on sectarian tones.

Iraq's minorities 'on verge of disappearance' - rights groups.

Bomber blows himself up near US consulate in Jeddah.

Kuwait 'foils ISIL attack plot' during Ramadan.

Saudi air force intercepts ballistic missile.

Israel strikes Syrian military position after spillover fire. Israeli military says attacked two Syrian army targets.

Israel's Netanyahu in Entebbe to mark hostage-rescue anniversary. Israel PM Netanyahu in historic East Africa trip.

Israel angered by Facebook hatred rules.

Erdogan plan to make Syrians citizens sparks online war.

Seventeen suspects to appear in court over Istanbul airport bombing-media.

Ayatollah Khamenei says Iran won’t coordinate with US on Syria.

Gulf states, Yemen to mark end of Ramadan from Wednesday.


Japan trawlers driven out of East China Sea by Chinese boats.

China defiant, Philippines softens as UN court set to rule. . China bans access in South China Sea.

China offers Philippines talks if South China Sea court ignored - China Daily.

China criticizes Japan over 'dangerous' jet scramble.

Bangladesh attack: Attacker and 'hostage' held after assault on Dhaka's Holey Cafe. Dhaka officials say they knew attackers, as details of victims emerge.

Australian candidates woo allies as election deadlock continues. Far-right candidates emerge to fill vacuum after close Australia vote.

U.S. senators warn against further troop cuts in Afghanistan.

US military willing to help amid abductions in south-east Asia: official.

Thirty killed in four days in Philippine war on drugs.

Flooding kills more than 180 people in central and southern China.


Triple suicide bombing averted in Nigeria: army.

Tanzania launches crackdown on child marriage with 30-year jail terms.

Uganda to pull troops out of Somalia as it also exits Central Africa Republic.

Nigeria militants resume attacks on oil pipelines despite truce.

Twitter suspends account of Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers.

In sign of progress, Libya's rival NOC oil companies agree to merge.

Fears of unrest as Guinea Bissau names new military chief.

Aid convoy in Central African Republic finds chaos, hunger and little hope.

Zimbabwe police fire teargas as taxi drivers' protest turns violent.

Kenyan police in court over lawyer Willie Kimani's death. Kenyans protest over alleged extrajudicial killings of trio by police.


Brexit will not hit Balkan EU aspirants: France, Germany.

France's Juppe urges talks with Britain on EU freedom of movement.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands down. Anti-EU champion Farage quits after Brexit vote.

Britain to slash corporate tax after Brexit shock.

NATO and Russian leaders to meet after this week's Alliance summit in Warsaw.

Ukraine's parliament speaker says he does not support Minsk Agreements.

Renzi ready to defy Brussels and bail out Italy’s troubled banks.

Greek economic migrants increasing, while joblessness soars.

Finland police hold 6 Cuban volleyball players in rape case.


Fireworks, franks, festivities: Americans mark July Fourth. Red, white and extra blue amid tight security at July 4th parties.

FBI interviews Hillary Clinton over her email use while secretary of State.

Colombians divided on peace deal: poll.

Venezuela leader Nicolas Maduro lifts power rationing.

Rio mayor: State doing a 'terrible, horrible job' before Olympics.

Trudeau says Canada will explore gender-neutral ID cards as he joins gay pride.

Mexico teachers protest: Food airlifts to relieve Oaxaca blockade.


Brazilian airline issues alert for former Gitmo detainee.

Kerry offers Bangladesh FBI help as police probe attackers' links.

Al Qaeda leader calls for attacks in Somalia & Kenya.

Al Qaeda urges Muslims in India to mount lone wolf attacks.


Stocks dip in Europe amid thin trading, US shut for holiday.

Oil eases as weak demand tempers bullish Saudi energy minister comments.

Gold pushes back towards 2-year high, silver crosses $21/oz.

The 500 tons of gold that show global rise in investor angst.

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