Thursday, July 7, 2016

World News Briefs -- July 7, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Syrian army fire cuts only road into rebel-held Aleppo

Syrian government forces took a step toward completely encircling rebel-held parts of Aleppo on Thursday, capturing ground overlooking the only road into the opposition half of the city and effectively putting those areas under siege.

The army's advance toward the Castello Road, which brought it to within its firing range, came during a 72-hour ceasefire announced by the Syrian army on Wednesday, which a monitoring group said had been a ruse.

Rebels said they were fighting to retake lost positions and re-secure the road. Its capture brings the Syrian government closer to its long-standing objective of encircling rebel-held areas of the northern city.

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Iran missile tests 'not consistent' with nuclear deal spirit: U.N. report.

Baghdad bombing death toll rises to 292: health ministry.

U.S.-backed forces drive into Islamic State-held city, monitors say.

Fighting reported across Syria despite declared 3-day truce.

Syria conflict: Army fire 'cuts key Aleppo road'.

Turkish jets hit Kurdish militant targets in southeast Turkey: sources.

Netanyahu denies he was target of assassination attempt in Kenya.

US criticises Israel over plans for new settlement homes.

19 people arrested over Saudi attacks including Medina: ministry .


US says S China Sea tribunal ruling presents choice for Asia.

Indian leader on African tour.

Three explosions in Taipei train car; 24 injured.

At least three dead in bomb attack during Eid prayers in Bangladesh. Bangladesh officials looking into IS links after string of attacks.

Philippine army: 10 dead in clashes with Islamic militants.

Beijing warns U.S. on sovereignty ahead of South China Sea ruling.

North Korea says US sanctions on Kim Jong Un are 'declaration of war'. North Korea warns of tough response over U.S. blacklisting of leader.

Kerry hopes for continued Chinese cooperation on North Korea.

Super typhoon Nepartak rages toward Taiwan and China.

China, UN agree on further cooperation during Ban's visit.


Ugandan MP urges amending constitution so president can stand again.

Gaddafi's son Saif still in prison in western Libya, military source says.

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

Scores flee to U.N. compound after fighting erupts in South Sudan town.

African Union to withdraw troops from Somalia by 2020.

Ghana Eid party stampede 'kills nine' in Kumasi.

South Sudan unable to cope with mental trauma of civil war.

From tweets to streets, Zimbabwe social media anger erupts into anti-Mugabe protests.

East Asian networks 'smuggle ivory across Africa'.


Hungary leaves refugees stuck on Serbian border.

Merkel backs NATO build-up in eastern Europe.

Putin calls Obama to discuss Syria, Ukraine, Karabakh.

Theresa May v Andrea Leadsom to be next prime minister. Race for Britain’s Prime Minister down to Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom.

Kerry visits Ukraine to shore up cease-fire. Kerry warns peace deal on Ukraine is in danger of failing.

NATO summit to focus on IS, Russian aggression, Afghan war.

Germany rape law: 'No means No' law passed.

Burqa ban takes effect in Switzerland.

Vatileaks pair convicted of leaks but journalists cleared.

Kiev renames Moscow Avenue after Russian hate figure.


Rio's police kill, torture with impunity: rights group.

Obama heads to Europe amid British referendum's aftershocks.

GOP demands new criminal investigation of Clinton, this time for perjury.

FBI head strongly defends outcome of Clinton email probe.

Loretta Lynch makes it official: No charges in Hillary Clinton email probe.

Argentina: Former leader Cristina Fernandez has assets frozen.

Rio protesters demand Olympics 'boycott,' clash with police.

Just 40 percent of Colombians to participate in peace vote: poll.

Four Florida airports now one step closer to having flights to Havana.

Brazilian government rejects calls for forced contact with isolated Amazonian tribes.

Former Nazi death squad member wins victory to stay in Canada.

Woman streams aftermath of fatal officer-involved shooting.

Alberta wildfires Canada's costliest-ever natural disaster -report.


U.S. lawmakers blast Obama administration over ex-Guantanamo prisoner.

Islamic State intensifying its battle on social media, Congress hears. US in ‘crisis mode’ in fight against IS online messaging.

Administration insists Gitmo transfers 'safe and responsible'.

UK foreign secretary: US decision on Iraqi army led to rise of Isis.


Facebook is being investigated by the IRS.

Oil tumbles 5 percent after U.S. crude draw disappoints market bulls. Oil prices skid as traders worry there's a fuel glut.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde urges quick Brexit to reduce economic uncertainty.

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