Tuesday, October 18, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 18, 2016

FOX News: ISIS preparing for protracted fight in Mosul, US officials say

ISIS is preparing for a protracted fight in Mosul, with many of its foreign fighters remaining in the Iraqi city, U.S. officials told Fox News on Tuesday.

Officials believe that it will take weeks for Iraqi forces to enter Mosul, with concern that the foreign fighters in the city are more ideologically zealous then fighters elsewhere in Iraq.

The cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria are important to ISIS, and there is a higher portion of capable fighters there, U.S. officials told Fox News.

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Iraqi advance on Mosul slows after day of fighting.

Iraq says safe exit routes from Mosul have been secured.

Syria says U.S. plans safe passage for militants from Mosul into Syria.

Russian and Syrian air forces halt air strikes on Aleppo for "humanitarian pause". Aleppo: Russia calls humanitarian pause in Syrian city. Temporary calm in Aleppo after days of heavy bombing.

US and UK reject Russian offer of Syria airstrikes 'pause'.

Syrian war: Rebels reject Aleppo withdrawal offer from Moscow; UN says all parties must agree first.

Yemen conflict: UN announces 72-hour ceasefire.

Yemen Houthis back truce, U.N., U.S. call for aid to flow.

US citizens sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran. Iran sentences two U.S. citizens to 10 years in prison.

UNESCO adopts anti-Israel resolution on al-Aqsa Mosque.

Saudi Arabia executes one of its own royals.


Taliban and Afghanistan restart secret talks in Qatar.

Military lockdown cuts off U.N. aid to strife-hit Myanmar region.

US warship to visit New Zealand as USS Sampson's arrival ends stalemate on nuclear vessels.

Vietnam gives thumbs-up to U.S. regional role as pivot stumbles.

Nauru camp torture: Australia PM says claims are false.

Hong Kong fails to delay pro-independence lawmakers from taking office.

Thailand: King Bhumibol's death spurs ultra-monarchists.


Somali troops battle al-Shabab fighters in Afgoye. Shabaab assault on key Somali town leaves 10 dead.

13 Nigerian soldiers wounded, others missing after Boko Haram clashes.

UN peacekeeping chief to visit disputed Western Sahara.

New Ethiopian clampdown.

Burundi leader signs decree to quit the International Criminal Court.

Geneva prosecutor probes Equatorial Guinea president's son.

Inter-ethnic violence kills over a dozen in southeastern Congo.

DRC opposition rejects vote delay, calls for strike.

Third of students abducted by Boko Haram 'unwilling to leave captors'. Boko Haram: Over 100 Chibok schoolgirls unwilling to leave Islamist extremists, community leader says.


Merkel to host Putin, Poroshenko for Ukrainian peace summit in Berlin. Merkel expects "no wonders" from four-way meeting on Ukraine.

Ukraine's Poroshenko not optimistic about meeting with Putin.

France wants progress on disengagement, Donbass at Ukraine summit.

Croatia PM-designate ready to seek approval for new government.

Obama hails Renzi's Italian reforms, criticizes EU austerity.

French police stage impromptu protest after violence against officers.

Europe migrant crisis: French court upholds decision to close Calais 'Jungle' camp amid NGO protests.

Survey finds 70% of migrants arriving in Europe by boat trafficked or exploited.

Suspects face terrorism charges after raids in Belgium.

Belgian 'Non' blocks EU approval of Canada trade deal.

Macedonia calls Dec. 11 vote to end two-year crisis.

Spain's Socialists to decide on enabling new government on October 23.


'Stop whining,' Obama tells Trump, chiding for fraud talk.

'Pussy grabs back:' US women rally against Trump.

Trump chatter breaking all records on Facebook.

Ecuador acknowledges it has "temporarily restricted" WikiLeaks' Assange's communications access following Clinton leaks. Ecuador acknowledges limiting Julian Assange's web access.

Two dozen ELN rebels surrender ahead of Colombia peace talks.

Venezuela delays state elections to 2017.

Six kidnapped people in Mexico found with hands cut off.

Top US lawmaker vows to keep embargo on Cuba.

Havana suspends new licenses for private restaurants, owners fret.


Obama confident Islamic State will be defeated in Mosul.

Mosul battle: EU 'should prepare for returning jihadists'.

Transfer leaves 60 detainees in Guantánamo.

For IS jihadists, losing Mosul spells caliphate doom.


Global stocks gain on corporate results, rising commodities.

Goldman Sachs profit soars on bond trading and curtailed costs.

Yahoo profit beats Wall St., some analysts worry over effect of hack.

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