Wednesday, August 10, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 10, 2016

Reuters: Putin accuses Ukraine of trying to provoke a new conflict over Crimea

Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine on Wednesday of using terrorist tactics to try to provoke a new conflict and destabilize annexed Crimea after Russia said it had thwarted two armed Ukrainian attempts to get saboteurs into the contested peninsula.

Russia's FSB security service said two people were killed in clashes and its forces had dismantled a Ukrainian spy network inside Crimea. Kiev denied the assertions, calling them an attempt by Moscow to create an excuse to escalate towards a war.

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Battle for Syria's Aleppo leaves 2 million without water. Syrian rebels deny losing ground in Aleppo.

Syria war: Russia announces partial Aleppo ceasefires.

U.N. urges Aleppo ceasefire to repair water system, stem outbreaks.

Iraq militia leader once held by US a battlefield threat to Americans.

Baghdad hospital fire: Public anger rises after 11 newborns die.

Christians say defeating IS won't make Iraq safe for them.

Bomb attacks, cross-border fire kill 13 in southeast Turkey: sources. Turkey: 4 soldiers killed in PKK attack on military vehicle.

Saudi Arabia intercepts two missiles fired from Yemen, Al Arabiya says.

Israeli charges prompt tough scrutiny of Gaza aid groups.


Afghan Taliban close in on Helmand capital. Afghan forces deployed to reinforce besieged capital of Helmand Province.

U.S. says 300 Islamic State fighters killed in Afghan operation.

Vietnam moves new rocket launchers into disputed South China Sea - sources.

Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte insults US envoy with homophobic slur.

Manila says Philippine-US relations strong, despite Duterte comments.

Philippines' Duterte tells army destroy militants or risk Islamic State 'disease'.

PM appeals to Thais to accept referendum, set aside differences.

Deadly bomb leaves 'vacuum' among Pakistan lawyers.

Leaked files catalog abuse in Australian detention center on Nauru. The Nauru files: cache of 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention.

Japan's crown prince ready for throne, but no fairytale for his unhappy princess.


US-backed Libyan forces takeover IS headquarters in Sirte. U.S. Special Operations troops aiding Libyan forces in major battle against Islamic State.

Fresh Mali clashes as soldiers' bodies found.

S Sudan rejects proposal to accept more UN peacekeepers. South Sudan rejects 4,000 more UN peacekeepers. UN revises plan for South Sudan force after Juba says no.

Zambia voting for president amid unprecedented violence.

New Tunisian premier tries to break economic reform curse.

US pledges $37 mn aid for victims of Boko Haram.

U.S. urges Congo to allow rights activist to resume work.

Somalia to move to party politics in bid to cut clan rivalry.

S. African power plant workers embark on illegal strike.


Russia says it thwarts 'armed Ukrainian incursion' into Crimea. ‘Kiev has turned to terrorism’: Putin on foiled sabotage plot in Crimea.

Tensions high amid Russian military buildup in Crimea.

Ukraine: Russian accusations are cynical pretext for more military threats.

Kiev braced for new separatist offensive amid reports of Russian build-up.

Russia ‘seriously concerned’ as fighting picks up in Ukraine.

Refugees head to the EU through Belarus.

The new Germany? Switzerland struggles to cope with surge of migrants trying new route.

German police carry out raids on suspected 'IS' backers. Germany arrests another suspect as part of terror raids.

Germany: Burka ban to be proposed in security clampdown.

Two planes land safely at Brussels airport after bomb threats: VRT.


Brazil Senate votes to impeach Dilma Rousseff. Brazil senate votes to hold Dilma Rousseff impeachment trial. Brazil's Senate indicts Rousseff, opens impeachment trial.

Venezuela sets recall referendum timetable. Venezuela referendum schedule makes early presidential election unlikely.

Panama agrees to help migrants head on for US.

Venezuelans flood Brazil border in 36-hour grocery run.

Colombia razes notorious Bronx slum in capital Bogota.

Baltimore police officers fired as scathing federal report alleges excessive force.

The US government will track killings by police for the first time ever.

Kissinger hindered US effort to end mass killings in Argentina, according to files.


A look at Guantanamo detainees transferred, or cleared to go.

New report will fuel debate over closing Guantanamo prison.

Ex-Guantanamo prisoner held by Venezuela's intelligence agency: lawyer.

Afghan military again claims it killed emir of Islamic State’s Khorasan province.

The Islamic State and its allies have killed 33,000 people, University of Maryland study finds.


Facebook takes aim at ad-blocking software.

Mounting oil stockpiles set to keep prices lower.

Judge dismisses suit accusing Twitter of supporting IS group.

Delta struggles through third day of computer problems.

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