Monday, October 31, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 31, 2016

BBC: Mosul battle: Iraqi forces near city's eastern outskirts

Iraqi special forces are now less than 1.5km from the eastern outskirts of Mosul and are preparing to enter the city held by Islamic State fighters.

Hundreds of Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) troops entered Bazwaya, the last village before the city limits, after launching a dawn assault on Monday.

A BBC correspondent travelling with them says there was some resistance, with car bombs targeting the convoy.

Units of the army's ninth division are meanwhile advancing from the south.

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Iraqi forces make first push into Mosul as offensive enters third week.

Battle for Mosul: Iraq army resumes anti-ISIL offensive. Anti-'IS' offensive resumes in Iraqi city of Mosul. Iraqi troops to enter Mosul in 'matter of hours'.

Syria: Rebel assault to break Aleppo siege slows.

UN 'appalled' by rebel onslaught on Aleppo, warning it may amount to war crimes.

Erdogan renews putsch purge with targets in media, academia.

UN envoy seeks Yemen peace deal in coming weeks.

Michel Aoun elected president of Lebanon. Lebanon's parliament elects ex-general Michel Aoun president.

UNHRC official: ‘Israel’s status at UN depends on ending the occupation’.


Upset at being sidelined in talks, Pakistan warns Taliban.

Pakistan police clash with anti-government protesters ahead of march.

Japan mulls deal to retrieve Russian-held isles by banning U.S. military from using them.

South Korea scandal: Choi apologises for 'unpardonable crime'. Cult leader's daughter accused of manipulating South Korean president says she 'deserves death' after her shadowy role as an adviser is revealed.

Diwali fireworks choke Delhi, angering Indians.

Ally of China's President Xi made Beijing mayor.

Exclusive: Thailand 'making preparations' for December 1 succession.


Mali Islamist militant leader announces unilateral cease-fire.

Boko Haram: Nigerian officials 'sexually abusing' victims.

France ends Sangaris military operation in CAR.

Central African Republic: 20,000 stranded at UN base.

Fishmonger's gruesome death sparks protests in Morocco. Morocco protests: Death of fish seller triggers rare demonstrations.

Without reform Ethiopia risks a deepening crisis.

South Africa drops charges against Pravin Gordhan.


Weapons cache tip-off sends Serbian PM into hiding amid security fears.

Moldova faces presidential runoff. Moldova presidential election goes to second round. Pro-Russia candidate ahead in Moldova election.

Putin signs federal law suspending plutonium disposal deal with US.

'Norway will suffer’: Russia makes nuclear threat over US Marines.

Azerbaijan: Armenia violates ceasefire in Karabakh 31 times during last 24 hours.

Italy quake: At least 15,000 in temporary shelters.

Spain's Mariano Rajoy sworn in as PM for second term.

Pirate Party surge falls short as Icelanders back stability.

‘Hard to understand, even harder to accept’: Russians mourn Sinai plane tragedy 1 year on.

Dutch far-right leader Wilders on trial for inciting hatred. Dutch politician Geert Wilders boycotts hate-speech trial.


Clinton seeks to use new FBI inquiry as galvanizing force.

FBI in internal feud over Hillary Clinton probe.

45% say emails worse than Watergate, 61% fear probe to drag into White House.

Venezuela: Government and opposition hold talks on political crisis. Venezuela's gov't and opposition agree to tone down rhetoric.

El Salvador ex-President Saca arrested on fraud allegations.

As Brazil veers right, evangelical bishop elected Rio mayor.

Brazil youth prison riot leaves seven dead.


Hezbollah Brigades hurries troops to Mosul fight.

Islamic State fighters withdraw from captured Somali port town.

Fall of ISIS in Mosul may push terrorists to launch attacks in Europe – German spy chief.

Saudis 'foiled plot to bomb football World Cup qualifier'. Saudi Arabia says it breaks up 2 militant plots.


Ceta: EU and Canada sign long-delayed free trade deal.

Germany takes aim at China on trade on eve of key visit.

US political uncertainty weighs on global stocks.

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