Tuesday, August 2, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 2, 2016

Al Jazeera: US fighter jets target ISIL in Libya for first time

Washington says air raids aimed at backing Libyan forces seeking to retake city of Sirte from the group.

US fighter jets have carried out air raids on positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Libyan city of Sirte for the first time, according to the country's unity government.

"The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh (ISIL) organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses ... in Sirte," Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said in a speech on television on Monday.

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Syria's civil war: 'Chlorine gas dropped on Idlib town'. Rescuers say toxic gas dropped on Syrian town where Russian helicopter shot down.

Kremlin rejects report on alleged gas use in area of attack on Russian helicopter in Syria.

Russian strikes slow rebel assault in Syria's Aleppo.

As Syria transition date passes, US makes no policy change.

Iraqi Prime Minister bans travel for MPs accused of defense corruption.

Turkey's Erdogan: The West is taking sides with coups. Turkey's Erdogan blasts EU for not adhering to migrant deal. Refugee crisis: Germany warns Turkey against 'blackmailing' EU.

Coup attempt cost Turkish economy $100bn - Trade Minister.

Italy, Turkey trade barbs over money-laundering probe into Erdogan's son.

Twin suicide bombings kill 6 Yemeni soldiers.


Japan warns China over 'territorial aggression'.

South Korea denounces Japan's revived claim to Liancourt rocks islands.

Chinese Ambassador: Putin’s visit to China to be milestone in Russia-China relations.

Philippines, rebels want peace talks despite feud over truce.

North Korea mandating strip searches at China border.

Nepal's firebrand Maoist turned prime minister.

Rio Olympics are worst ever, say Chinese social media users.


U.S. warplanes launch bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya.

Obama says supporting Libya's fight vs Islamic State in U.S. interest.

Libya government forces advance in IS bastion.

Bodies found off coast of Libya as migrant toll climbs: IOM.

UNHCR: Violence in South Sudan prompts mass flight.

Nigeria to resume payments to oil militants in Niger Delta.

Tunisia's president proposes relative as Prime Minister, critics cry foul.


Italy would consider any U.S. request to use Sicily air base for Libya strikes.

Hungarian foreign minister says Russia poses no threat to NATO members.

IOM says 4,027 migrant deaths at sea in 2016.

Czech president warns of migrants' 'barbaric acts'.

Ukraine's Savchenko launches hunger strike over political inaction. Ukraine's Savchenko starts hunger strike over inaction on POWs.

France buries priest murdered by Islamist militants.

Spain faces spectre of third election as parties lock horns.

Russia anthrax outbreak affects dozens in north Siberia.

Himmler diaries found in Russia reveal daily Nazi horrors.


Trump suggests general election could be 'rigged'.

Obama calls on Republicans to reject 'unfit' Trump.

First Republican congressman pledges to vote Clinton.

Venezuelan campaign for Maduro recall passes first hurdle.

Bolivian police make record cocaine bust.

Zika outbreak prompts travel warning for area of Miami.

Foreign home buyers face new tax in Vancouver area.


U.S. says seven al Qaeda operatives killed in July strikes.

As ISIS posts in Portuguese, U.S. and Brazil bolster Olympics security.

ISIS hit list targets 700 U.S. Army soldiers: ‘Kill the dogs’.

Half of Guantánamo’s uncharged captives are OK’d to go.


South Korea suspends sale of 80 Volkswagen models.

US pressed on Asia trade pact.

Yahoo probes possible huge data breach.

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