Wednesday, July 6, 2016

World News Briefs -- July 6, 2016

Reuters: Syrian military declares 72-hour truce across country, but fighting continues

The Syrian military declared a three-day ceasefire across the whole of the country on Wednesday and although fighting and air attacks continued, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed hope a more significant truce could be achieved.

The truce is the first to be declared country-wide since the one brokered by foreign powers in February to facilitate talks to end the five-year-old civil war. This has mostly unraveled.

Wednesday's ceasefire covers the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. There was no indication that it had been agreed with any of the myriad groups opposing the government.

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Syria conflict: Army declares 72-hour Eid al-Fitr truce. Syrian army declares 72-hour halt in fighting.

Iraq sees worst bombing since invasion with 250 deaths. Death toll from Baghdad blast rises to 250 - Iraq's Health Ministry.

After IS's defeat, sectarian fears rise in Iraq's Fallujah.

Islamic State pressured after Turkey tightens Jihadi highway.

At least 26 killed in South Yemen army base attack: sources. Double car bomb strikes Yemen military base. Yemen: Aden army base hit by double car bomb attack.

Saudi King seeks revenge after deadly suicide attacks.

Iran threatens to restart nuclear program.


Open criticism, unruly militias add to Afghan government woes.

US sanctions North Korea leader Kim Jong-un for human rights abuses.

North Korea releases water from border dam without notice.

Chef at Bangladesh cafe probably working with attackers: police.

Australian PM Turnbull in reach of hollow election victory.

China chides U.N. group over criticism of 'arbitrary' detention.

China flooding: Wuhan on red alert for further rain.


Zimbabwe 'shut down' over economic collapse.

Boko Haram's devastation leaves tens of thousands starving.

UN envoy: No recognition for Libya's eastern government.

Rights group blasts EU plans on halting Libya migrant exodus.

Violence erupts again in South Sudan as faith in peace deal flounders.

Willie Kimani: Kenyan lawyer tortured before death.

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for murder. Oscar Pistorius: Six years for Reeva Steenkamp murder.


Scathing report slams Blair over botched Iraq war.

Blair denies lying as inquiry damns handling of Iraq War.

In shadow of Brexit, NATO considers Russian deterrence.

Thousands join protests in Kiev against rising gas prices, utility rates.

German intel: more 'turbo-radicalized' neo-Nazis emerging.

France makes strong bid for banking business poised to leave London.

Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in prison on tax fraud charges.


GOP seeks hearings on FBI decision on Clinton emails. FBI director to appear Thursday before lawmakers to explain Clinton decision.

Victims of gang violence in Central America flee homes to 'save their lives': U.N..

Brazil police arrests nine over corruption at nuclear plant.

Myriad of problems overshadow excitement of upcoming Rio Olympics.

Venezuelans storm Colombia border city in search of food and basic goods.

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop in sex abuse case.

US trade deficit expands more than expected.


Muslims worldwide come to grips with a bloody Ramadan.

UN counterterror chief: Nations must work smarter against IS.

US, Brazil search for missing former Gitmo detainee.

ISIS reportedly boils its fleeing fighters alive in Fallujah.


Shares slide as Brexit fears take hold.

France overtakes Britain as world's No. 5 economy after pound drops.

U.S. factory orders fall as military spending plunges.

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