Tuesday, October 25, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 25, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Kurdish peshmerga fighters drive vehicles at the front line during a battle with Islamic State militants at Topzawa village near Bashiqa, Iraq, Oct. 24, 2016.

VOA: UN: Fresh Reports of Extrajudicial Killings by Islamic State

PENTAGON — The United Nations said Tuesday it has preliminary reports of extrajudicial killings and summary executions by Islamic State fighters around the northern city of Mosul, including the militants using civilians as human shields.

U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva the reports have not been fully verified, but include Islamic State killing 50 former Iraqi police officers they had been holding in a building outside Mosul, and in the village of Safina fighters killing 15 civilians and throwing their bodies in a river.

Colville said there also were reports of Iraqi forces finding the bodies of 70 civilians with bullet wounds in an area south of Mosul, but it was unclear who was responsible for the killings.

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Battle for Mosul: Iraqi army making advance.

60 civilians killed, 200 injured as US-led coalition strikes Mosul residential areas – Russian MoD.

'IS' committing massacres in Mosul as Iraqi forces push forward, says UN. ISIL atrocities reported near Mosul: UN.

Near Mosul, some residents flee ISIS, others stay and fight with ISIS.

Russia says it extends moratorium on Aleppo air strikes. Aleppo residents refute Russian claim of weeklong pause in airstrikes.

Turkish-backed rebels advance in northern Syria - Turkish army.

Syria war: United Nations aborts plan to evacuate patients from Aleppo, blames all parties.

Exclusive: U.S. House to vote on Iran Sanctions Act renewal as soon as November.

UN envoy to Yemen hands peace plan outline to rival parties. UN awaits response from Yemen rebels to peace roadmap.

US general visits Saudi amid Yemen bombing concerns.

Israeli killed by gunfire along Egyptian border: army.

Turkey's post-coup state of emergency rule led to 'blank cheque' for torture, rights group says.


Getting North Korea to give up nuclear bomb probably 'lost cause': U.S. spy chief.

Quetta attack survivor: 'We were sleeping when terrorists attacked'. Quetta attack: LeJ kills 60 in Pakistan police academy.

Quetta attack shows Pakistan's lack of will to target 'good' Islamists.

Duterte warns end to US defence pact during Japan visit. Philippines' Duterte hits out at U.S., then heads to Japan.

Exclusive: Philippines police plan new phase in drugs war - sources.

Afghanistan: Production has soared in the world's opium capital.

Hong Kong legislature delays swearing-in of pro-independence lawmakers amid pressure.

Four killed on river ride at Australia's biggest theme park.

S. Korea's Park apologises for document leaks.


Angolan lawyers pose landmark challenge to president.

Al-Shabab suicide bomber hits AU base in Beledweyne.

Islamists launch three attacks in Somalia and Kenya in 24 hours.

Kenya: 12 killed in extremist attack in the country's north.

US has launched more than 300 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya.

As South Sudan fights, refugees flow into Uganda.

South Sudan's army committed atrocities, Amnesty says.

Congolese oppose extension of Kabila's mandate, poll shows.

Kenya commutes sentences of all death row inmates.

South Africa's Zuma to suspend disbarred prosecutors.


RAF Typhoon fighter jets scramble to intercept Russian bombers heading for UK airspace TWICE in one week.

Hollande urges vigilance over jihadists returning from Iraq.

CETA is 'de facto dead,' admit top European Parliament backers. Ceta talks: EU and Canada hold out hope for trade deal.

France continues Calais Jungle camp demolition.

German authorities carry out 13 simultaneous counterterrorism raids across five states.

Migrant crisis: Mediterranean to have 'deadliest year ever'.

Russia promises retribution over any new US sanctions on Moscow.

Irish parliament could decide on abortion referendum by end-2017.

Spain's Rajoy says will seek parliament's backing to form government.


Exclusive: Trump says Clinton policy on Syria would lead to World War Three.

Clinton warns supporters against complacency in U.S. election.

WikiLeaks emails allegedly show Clinton campaign consultant considering 'Swift Boat'-style attack on Donald Trump.

Trump rejects 'phony' polls, insists 'we are winning'.

Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes. Obamacare rates will rise by 25% in 2017, US government says.

Maduro meets pope as Vatican steps into Venezuela crisis.

Vatican to open Argentina's 'Dirty War' archives.

Mexico drug lord Joaquin Guzman 'fears for his sanity'.

Colombia's ELN rebels balk at hostage ultimatum.


'Caliphate' survivors recount fleeing clutches of IS.

Islamic State, Pakistani Taliban claim suicide assault in Quetta.

German terrorism case highlights Europe’s security challenges.

Pakistan freezes bank accounts of suspected terrorists.


Apple just had its first annual revenue decline since 2001.

U.S. judge approves $14.7 billion deal in VW diesel scandal.

Amazon due for another record quarter: what to expect.

China to have world's largest nuclear capacity in 15 years: WNA.

Chinese firm issues webcam recall after massive cyberattack.

DoJ reportedly to delay European bank fines beyond Presidential elections.

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