Wednesday, October 19, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 19, 2016

Al Jazeera: Iraqi forces advance towards Mosul amid ISIL resistance

Fighting enters third day as Iraqi forces backed by coalition air strikes push towards last major ISIL stronghold.

Fighting has entered the third day as coalition forces focused efforts on the town of Hamdaniya as they march towards Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city and the last major ISIL stronghold in the country.

Explosives and booby traps laid down by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group), also known as ISIS, slowed down the Iraqi offensive in recent days, despite air support from the US-led coalition.

ISIL snipers posed danger to Iraqi forces trying to advance towards Mosul as the coalition air strikes pounded Hamdaniya.

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Abandoned villages on road to Mosul rigged with tunnels and bombs.

Iraqi general calls on IS militants in Mosul to surrender.

Iraqi-led forces clash with ISIS in push to free Christian town.

US accuses IS of using human shields as Mosul offensive continues.

Battle for Mosul: Hundreds of civilians flee into Syria, U.N. says. Mosul battle: Some 5,000 civilians fled ahead of fighting.

Syria: Aleppo residents say airstrikes have halted.

Syrian army pulls back in Aleppo to allow rebels to leave: government.

Far from Aleppo, Syria army advance brings despair to besieged Damascus suburb.

Russia accuses US-led coalition strike of killing 6 in Syria.

Combat rages hours before Yemen truce due to begin.

Saudi Arabia's monster bond offer balloons to $17.5 billion as deal launches.

UNESCO formally approves controversial resolution on east Jerusalem.


Two American advisers killed, three wounded by shooter in Afghan capital. Shooter in Afghan army uniform kills, wounds international troops in Kabul.

Taliban reject reports of secret talks with Afghanistan.

Afghan forces cause growing civilian casualties, UN says.

China’s economic growth holds steady at 6.7%.

Kremlin denies Russia and Japan discussed joint administration of Kuril Islands.

Philippines' Duterte says South China Sea arbitration case to take 'back seat'.

Philippine police van rams protesters in front of US Embassy.


World Bank warns Libya faces economic collapse.

France says ready to keep troops in West Africa for as long as needed.

Al-Shabab attack on Somali city leaves several dead.

3 Al-Jazeera journalists arrested in Somalia.

Strikes hit DR Congo over bid to delay presidential vote.

DR Congo's Bemba found guilty at ICC of witness bribing.

Egyptian high court reverses 14 death sentences against Islamists.


'No more Mr. Nice Guy': EU gets tough on African migrants.

Up to 90% of rejected asylum seekers cannot be deported from Austria – Defense minister.

Belgian region rejects deadline to sign up to EU-Canada deal.

Russian MPs pass bill to suspend plutonium reprocessing deal with US.

Official count confirms win of Montenegro's pro-West party.

Finland sees propaganda attack from former master Russia.

Russia's friends form new 'Cossack Army' in Balkans.

Wreck of German U-boat found off coast of Stranraer.


Clinton, Trump set for last debate as ugly race nears finish. US election 2016: Clinton and Trump face final debate.

Despite scandals, Trump support grows stronger in latest poll of troops.

Clinton campaign took shape in secret, hacked emails show.

'Rigging' US election easier said than done, experts say.

Colombia peace boost as Uribe opens door to Farc talks.

ELN rebel killed in gunfight with Colombian army 10 days ahead of peace talks.

Venezuela election delay sparks opposition anger.

Brazil poll shows disapproval of Temer growing.

Peru leader Kuczynski announces anti-corruption drive.


As territory shrinks, IS group looks for new money sources.

U.S., Latin allies see greater Islamic State threat after Mosul.

Guantánamo judge has U.S. Marshals seize no-show war court witness.


China wins WTO ruling against U.S. dumping rules.

Morgan Stanley profit jumps on bond-trading comeback.

DiCaprio to co-operate in probe into Malaysia's 1MDB scandal.

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