Thursday, July 7, 2016

World News Briefs -- July 7, 2016

VOA: FBI Chief Defends Decision to Clear Clinton in National Security Email Case

WASHINGTON — The chief of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is defending his decision to not pursue a criminal case against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified national security information while she was secretary of state, even though he said investigators found "great carelessness" in her use of private, unsecured email servers.

FBI Director James Comey told a House of Representatives panel Thursday that after a year-long probe, investigators decided there was no evidence that either Clinton, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, or her aides intended to break U.S. laws against the disclosure of classified materials. The investigators found 113 classified documents in the more than 30,000 Clinton emails they reviewed from her 2009-2013 tenure as the country's top diplomat.

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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.


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.


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'.


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.


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.


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.

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

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