Wednesday, October 19, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 19, 2016 (Evening Edition)

BBC: Battle for Mosul: The story so far

A long-awaited military offensive to reclaim the northern Iraqi city Mosul from so-called Islamic State (IS) is underway, forcing thousands of Iraqis to flee their homes.

About 30,000 Iraqi security forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen, assisted by US-led coalition warplanes and military advisers, launched the assault on Monday, more than two years after jihadists overran the city before seizing control of much of northern and western Iraq.

The operation is expected to take weeks, if not months, depending on how much resistance they face from the 3,000 to 5,000 militants believed to be inside Mosul.

There are also concerns about the fate of the estimated 1.5 million civilians living there, with up to 200,000 possibly being displaced in the next few weeks.

The US has also said it is known that civilians there are being used as human shields.

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Mosul: Iraqi general calls for ISIL fighters' surrender.

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.

Doubts raised about Russia's 'humanitarian pause' in Aleppo.

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.


UN: Food aid for 80,000 Rohingya blocked by Myanmar.

Typhoon Haima slams Philippines in second storm in a week.

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.


South Sudan monitor says cease-fire violated almost daily.

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.


EU keeps stronger Russia sanctions in reserve at Syria talks.

U.K. faces ‘disaster’ from Brexit populism, EU’s Weber says.

'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.


Obama hosts final State Dinner of his Presidency, jokes 'it ain't over till it's over'.

The presidential debate: Sexual assault claims, emails are expected to come up.

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.


How Al-Qaeda was born in a tiny office in New York.

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 holdings of U.S. treasuries drop to almost four-year low.

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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