Monday, October 31, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 31, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Al Jazeera: Joint Iraqi forces poised to enter Mosul to fight ISIL

Troops reach outskirts of ISIL-held city for first time since offensive began, as PM warns fighters to surrender or die.

Iraqi special forces stood poised to enter Mosul in an offensive to drive out fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group after sweeping into the last village on the city's eastern edge on Monday.

The troops said they fended off suicide car bombs without losing a soldier.

Armored vehicles drew fire from mortars and small arms as they moved on the village of Bazwaya in an assault that began at dawn, while artillery and air strikes hit ISIL, or ISIS, positions. By evening, the fighting had stopped and units took up positions less than a mile from Mosul's eastern border and about 5 miles (8 kilometres) from the centre, two weeks into the offensive to retake Iraq's second-largest city.

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Iraq's 'Mosul Regiment' wants its base and honour back.

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.

Three Turkish soldiers, 13 PKK militants killed in clashes: sources.

Erdogan renews putsch purge with targets in media, academia.

UN extends Syria chemical weapons inspection mandate.

UN envoy seeks Yemen peace deal in coming weeks.

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

Royal order sacks Saudi finance minister.

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

Palestinian gunman wounds 3 Israeli soldiers in West Bank.


Indian cross-border fire kills four civilians: Pakistan.

South Korea scandal could affect THAAD, Chinese media says.

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.

Fears for Kim Jong Un’s wife after she vanishes from public.

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.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi under pressure as Rohingya crisis deepens.

Diwali fireworks choke Delhi, angering Indians.

China says 'situation' at disputed Scarborough Shoal has not changed.

Ally of China's President Xi made Beijing mayor.

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


Libya crisis talks held in London as economy 'nears collapse'.

Belgium, Congo activists urge probe into Congo corruption claims.

Ethiopia says 2,000 arrested and released in emergency.

African migrants break into Spanish enclave.

Mali Islamist militant leader announces unilateral cease-fire.

Record levels of assault, abduction and torture reported in Zimbabwe.

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.


NATO, Russia to hold parallel drills in the Balkans.

Police swoop on Paris migrant camp after Calais Jungle clearout.

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.

US should strike back at cyberattackers: report.

Argentina ex-leader Fernandez in court over corruption case.

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.

Opioid overdose hospitalizations double among young Americans.


UK has foiled 12 terror plots since June 2013: spy chief.

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.


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Monday. US stocks dip as presidential polls tighten.

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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