Friday, October 7, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 7, 2016

Washington Post: Hurricane Matthew battering Florida’s northeast coast as governor warns: ‘This is not over’

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Hurricane Matthew churned along Florida’s Atlantic Coast on Friday, looking increasingly like its center would remain just offshore as the storm battered the state with punishing rain, beach-swallowing sea surges and destructive wind gusts topping 100 mph.

Even if Matthew does avoid making landfall and Florida dodges some of the worst-case scenarios laid out by forecasters and public officials in recent days, the storm still poses a considerable threat to residents from Florida to North Carolina. The strongest hurricane to menace the United States in a decade is continuing its trek north as it rumbles near the coastline, and forecasts warn that a dangerous storm surge of up to 11 feet could cause life-threatening flooding in as many as four states.

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Russia under pressure to stop devastating Aleppo bombardment.

Russia faces Security Council showdown Saturday over Syria.

Syria's war: John Kerry wants war crimes probe.

Sunni force pleads for Iraqi government help as Mosul fight looms.

Turkey says Shi'ite role in Iraq's Mosul battle will 'increase problems'.

UN envoy eyes 72-hour truce for Yemen.

Cholera outbreak hits war-torn Yemen: UNICEF.

U.N. body calls on Saudi Arabia to end laws allowing executions of children. UN child rights report slams Saudi Arabia.


Satellite images show activity at North Korea nuclear test site: report.

Afghan forces struggle to flush out Taliban from Kunduz.

Pakistan train bombing: Deaths in Balochistan attack.

UN slams Nauru's treatment of asylum seeker, refugee children.

President Obama lifts Myanmar trade sanctions.

Myanmar's strongest ethnic armed group says drug label 'not fair'.

Filipinos give Duterte 'excellent' rating for his deadly war on drugs.

Vietnam declares California-based group terrorists.


Heavy toll weighs on Misrata after battle for Libya's Sirte.

Libya: As situation worsens, UN envoy calls for pause in fighting near Benghazi.

Libya's eastern authorities say oil money will go to Tripoli central bank.

Eleven killed, 14 missing in Central African Republic clashes.

Burundi wants to quit ICC to avoid possible charges.

Dutch to keep troops in Mali peacekeeping force next year. Dutch to cut role in U.N. peace mission in Mali.

Recovery in war-torn South Sudan needs $900 million, UN says.

Moroccan elections: Disappointing voter turnout.

Anti-government protests are sweeping through Ethiopia and turning deadly.

Post-election tensions not over in Zambia.


Russia faces Security Council showdown Saturday over Syria.

Germany considering European sanctions against Russia over actions in Syria – report. German government to 'consider all options' regarding Russia, Syria.

France warns Russia that ‘nothing can justify’ assault on Syria’s Aleppo.

White House may consider imposing sanctions on Russia over Syria outside UN.

Finland monitors Russian jets after making airspace violation accusations.

Russian Su-27 fighter jet violated Estonian airspace, NATO envoy says.

France's Hollande postpones Poland trip. France's Hollande scraps Poland trip over lost Airbus deal.

Germany to curb EU citizens' access to welfare payments.

Russia starts work on Arctic dock for 1st-ever floating nuclear power plant.


Hurricane Matthew: Haiti dead reach 800 as south awaits aid.

U.S. sends military, USAID to help Haiti after hurricane.

US blames Russia for hacking political sites.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wins 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

Colombian President vows to keep striving for peace after winning Nobel Prize.

Venezuela crisis: Opposition leader Capriles vows to end Maduro rule.

Poll: Clinton grabs 5-point lead as independents shift.

Trump says U.S. officials let in illegal immigrants to vote; U.S. says not so.

US creates 156,000 jobs in September. U.S. job growth slows; markets bet on December rate hike.


Islamic State hold on eastern Syria still strong.

Pentagon confirms death of top al-Qaida operative.

Taliban promotes yet another jihad training camp.


Global finance leaders pledge closer cooperation. G20: populist politicians threaten global economy.

Netflix CEO says China entry 'doesn't look good'.

Boeing receives order for 40 planes from Qatar.

Five charts explaining why Snapchat's worth $25 billion.

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