Wednesday, October 26, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 26, 2016

Reuters: Islamic State holds up Iraqi army south of Mosul

Islamic State fighters on Wednesday kept up their fierce defense of the southern approaches to Mosul which has held up Iraqi troops on the southern front and forced an elite army unit east of the city to put its more rapid advance on hold.

Ten days into the offensive, Iraqi army and federal police units are trying to dislodge the militants from villages in the region of Shora, 30 km (20 miles) south of Iraq's second largest city.

The frontlines in other areas have moved much closer to the edges of Mosul, the last major city under control of the militants in Iraq, who have held it since 2014.

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Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines.

Report: ISIS using suicide squads to defend Mosul.

Iraq: Coalition huddles as forces inch towards Mosul.

Pentagon chief: Offensive to retake Raqqa from ISIS to start within weeks.

US-led coalition killed 300 civilians in just 11 air strikes in Syria, Amnesty International report finds. US-led coalition killed 300 Syrian civilians in 11 probed strikes – Amnesty.

Aleppo: Russia under fire at Human Rights Council. Syria monitor: school children among 22 dead in Idlib strikes.

Turkish army: Suspected Syrian government airstrike kills Turkey-backed rebels.

Turkey vows to press Syria offensive despite warning from pro-Assad forces.

Russia-Turkey intelligence sharing in Syria signifies major changes in relations.

Yemen foes fight in Marib day after U.N. envoy delivers peace plan.

Iranian-American citizen sentenced to 18 years in prison for espionage.


Ghor attack: 30 civilians killed in Afghan province. Suspected 'Islamic State' militants kill at least 30 Afghan civilians in revenge attack.

Afghan authorities say they foiled plot to attack Indian consulate.

Pakistan militants worked with Islamic State to attack police academy killing at least 59, spokesman says.

Convincing N. Korea to abandon nukes a 'lost cause' - US intel head.

Philippines' Duterte tells Japan his China visit was just economics, blasts U.S..

Philippine, Japanese leaders sign military, economic deals.

Hong Kong legislators defy ban as standoff continues.

'Afghan Girl' from National Geographic cover arrested for ID fraud.


Shabaab launches series of strikes in Kenya, Somalia.

Islamic State-aligned group takes Somali town, say officials.

Gambia joins South Africa and Burundi in exodus from International Criminal Court.

Congo police arrest eight activists protesting election delay.

South Sudan: 145 child soldiers released - Unicef. Child soldiers freed in South Sudan but recruitment heats up: UNICEF.

South African police fire stun grenades to disperse student protesters.

25 migrants found dead in rubber boat in Mediterranean.


Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp clear out complete, say French officials. Migrants 'cleared from Jungle camp'.

Protesters attack EU asylum offices on second Greek island this week.

Kremlin says presidential aide’s allegedly hacked e-mail data were fabricated.

Russian diplomat stresses US marines deployment to Norway won't improve security.

NATO seeks troops to deter Russia on eastern flank.

Montenegrin Prime Minister Djukanovic announces retreat from office. Montenegrin PM resigns, suggests Russia behind alleged coup plot.

UK PM May says Brexit vote will not undermine Northern Ireland peace deal.

Counterfeit alcohol leaves more than 50 dead in Ukraine.


Clinton and Trump camps woo Asian-American voters.

Paul Ryan and allies brace for fallout in leadership race from Trump backers.

Spike in immigrants illegally crossing into US ahead of election.

Venezuela's congress puts Maduro on trial. Venezuela's parliament votes to try President Maduro.

Venezuela braces for anti-government protests amid crisis.

Mosquito army released in Zika fight in Brazil & Colombia.

President Obama ridiculed on Snapchat by daughter Sasha.


Daesh's death throes draw terrorist threat closer to Europe.

US 9/11 law 'threatens to become an international legal Pandora's Box'.

Suspected Isis recruiters arrested in Ibiza.


Tusk hopeful EU-Canada trade deal talks will go ahead.

Nintendo profits hit despite Pokemon Go popularity.

Women work 39 days a year more than men, report says.

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