Thursday, August 4, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 4, 2016

Newsweek: Aleppo Siege Continues With Chemical Gas Attacks and Relentless Air Strikes

The fighting in Aleppo between government and rebel forces saw the largest rebel assault so far, according to monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, followed by suspected chemical attacks on Tuesday the BBC reported.

On July 30 and 31, the rebels blew up a tunnel under regime forces stationed in the Ramousah district of the city. The Syrian army, however, has fought back, aided by Russian air strikes. The Syrian Observatory said that it has managed to retake five of the eight positions the rebels had captured.

The insurgents are trying to break a government siege of their territory, which is home to around 250,000 civilians.

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U.N. hopeful of humanitarian pause in Aleppo fighting.

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

Refugee camp in northern Iraq bursting at the seams.

Turkey coup attempt: Court issues arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen. Turkey issues arrest warrant for US-based cleric.

Israel: World Vision Gaza boss diverted cash to Hamas.

Iran hangs 20 over 'armed attacks'.

Israeli army donkey sales stir Palestinian outrage.


UN condemnation of North Korean missile reaching Japanese waters curtailed by China. Japan: North Korea missile launch an "unforgivable act of violence".

U.S. envoy hits back at suggestion U.S. provoked North Korea.

North Korea hopes to plant flag on the moon.

As vote looms, Thailand's powerful army aims to preserve role.

Myanmar military relaxes stance on rebels barred from peace talks.

Pakistani govt chopper crash-lands in Afghanistan: official.

Tourists injured in Afghanistan rocket attack. Foreign tourists attacked in Afghanistan.

China jails leading human rights lawyer.

Bangladesh detains two over July cafe attack that killed 20 hostages.


Boko Haram in Nigeria: Split emerges over leadership.

UN says South Sudan government raped, killed.

East Africa leaders to press for regional force in S. Sudan.

South Africa local elections: ANC set for worst result.

Tunisia PM-designate starts talks on forming government.

EU extends civilian mission in Libya by a year.

Al-Qaida-linked extremists kill Mali officer in Timbuktu.


Woman killed in London attack was an American, police say. Russell Square stabbings shock London.

Ukraine rejects Russia's proposed ambassador to Kiev.

Report slams EU's failure to foresee 'colossal' migrant crisis.

European migrant inflow spikes to 1.3 million in 2015, voters unhappy with handling of crisis: Pew Research.

Politicians admit migrants to cost Germany more than 30 billion Euros a year.

British warships should be sent to Gibraltar ‘to protect it from Spain’ during Brexit negotiations.

Rio 2016: 80 Russians cleared to compete at Olympic Games.


Rio 2016: Torch relay arrives in host city as Olympic fever grips the 'Marvelous City'. Protest mars Olympic torch Rio arrival ahead of ceremony.

Brazil's shrinking economy is facing Olympic-size troubles.

White House: Iran cash payment not ransom for hostages.

GOP senator wants details on Iran 'ransom'.

Obama declares himself a 'feminist'.

Brazil Senate committee votes to put Rousseff on trial.

Cuba reports fresh Zika virus cases.

America seen from abroad: arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free.


U.S. designates Pakistani Taliban splinter group as 'global terrorists'.

ISIS defector describes group's interest in Western attacks: Report.

Everything we know about ISIS spy chief Abu Mohammad al-Adnani.


Trump is seeing a huge drop in visits to his properties.

Nike to stop selling golf equipment.

Going for gold: Price of bullion surges as China and Russia amass precious metal.

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