Wednesday, August 3, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 3, 2016 (Evening Edition)



Reuters: Syrian government forces hit hospitals in Aleppo's 'worst week': rights group

Syrian government forces launched air strikes against six hospitals in the Aleppo area within a week in attacks that amounted to war crimes, a U.S.-based rights group said on Wednesday.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said it was the worst week for attacks on medical facilities in the Aleppo region since the beginning of Syria's five-year conflict, which has killed more than 250,000 people.

The medical facilities were hit between July 23 and 31, the New York-based group said.

The city and province of Aleppo have been among the areas hardest hit by intensifying violence as peace efforts earlier this year failed and a fragile ceasefire crumbled.

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MIDDLE EAST

Biden, Iraq's Al-Abadi discuss security situation in Iraq: White House.

IS 'weakening' inside Iraqi city of Mosul: Pentagon.

Government forces make gains in Syria's Aleppo.

Syrian rebels target regime supply lines in attempt to lift Aleppo siege. Syria Aleppo siege: Fighting rages as Russian jets strike.

Russia says informed U.S. of toxic substance attack by rebels in Syria's Aleppo.

Hezbollah sees no immediate end to Syria war, partition in Iraq and Syria a possible outcome.

The west is supporting terrorism against Turkey, claims Erdo─čan.

Work to restructure Turkey's intelligence agency underway: minister.

Emirates airliner with 300 onboard crash lands in Dubai.

ASIA

Prepare for possible ‘war on water’ over South China Sea tensions, Beijing tells citizens.

N. Korea fires mid-range missile toward waters near Japan.

Philippine police shoot backers of 'drug-protector' mayor.

Mourners, police clash over Indian Kashmir latest deaths.

Nepal: Former rebel leader elected as prime minister.

Indian parliament passes landmark tax reform bill.

Taliban shadow governor and war commander killed in Helmand.

Thailand referendum: fears over fair vote as military cracks down on dissent.

Australia deliberately ignores refugee abuse: report.

Japan to continue talks with Russia on peace treaty — prime minister.

Terrorism, economic growth top agenda at Washington summit with Central Asian states.

Internet use in China on the rise.

AFRICA

Burundi rejects UN police deployment amid violence.

Boko Haram in Nigeria: Abu Musab al-Barnawi named as new leader. Uncertainty over Boko Haram's leadership.

South Sudan humanitarian situation could worsen: UN.

Tunisian president nominates new prime minister. Tunisia names Youssef Chahed, 40, as PM-designate.

Burundi rejects UN police force to help end violence.

South Africans head to the polls in key municipal elections. South Africa's local elections pose crucial test for ruling ANC.

Zimbabwe police violently break up anti-Mugabe protests.

South Sudan leader fires 5 ministers close to opposition.

EUROPE

Austrian Chancellor suggests ending EU accession talks with Turkey.

Council of Europe head says Turkey needs understanding.

Turkish Cypriots protest Turkey's 'religious' influence.

Czech deputy PM rejects refugee quotas, says country should fight any EU sanctions.

Obama says alleged Russian hack wouldn't change relations.

IS in Libya: Italy offers US airspace and airbases.

Civilian casualties highest in a year in Ukraine: U.N. rights boss.

Angela Merkel's popularity falls following terrorist attacks.

Spain may face third election in less than year, PM warns. Spain's Prime Minister Rajoy warns of consequences of ongoing political deadlock.

More armed police set to protect London, say Met chief and mayor.

Pope establishes commission to study female leadership in Church.

AMERICAS

US sent plane with $400 million in cash to Iran. Obama admin denies $400M payment to Iran was ransom for hostages.

Obama commutes 214 sentences.

GOP frustrations with Trump mount, but endorsements stand.

FBI took months to warn Democrats of suspected Russian role in hack: sources.

Cuba sees tourism rise, French will renovate Havana airport.

Venezuelan general on drugs charges named justice minister. Maduro appoints general as interior minister despite US charges.

Nicaraguan president accused of nepotism over wife's VP ticket.

Brazil impeachment trial closer to sealing Rousseff's fate.

Third assassination of mayor in Mexico in two weeks.

Ottawa launches inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. Canada launches inquiry into slain, missing Native women.

Power outage strikes most of Uruguay.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Washington law-enforcement officer arrested for buying gift cards for ISIS.

UN panel says Yazidi genocide 'ongoing,' appeals for help.

State Department looks to combat African terrorism with prevention program.

Washington transport officer charged with aiding Islamic State.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Why the biggest business story of the Rio Olympics is this marketing rule change.

Bitcoin drops more than 10% after security breach.

China’s IPO market is the hottest it's ever been.

In a sign of broader ambitions, Facebook opens hardware lab.

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