Monday, November 21, 2016

World News Briefs -- November 21, 2016



Reuters: Powerful quake hits Japan, Fukushima residents urged to flee tsunami

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, generating a tsunami that hit the nation's northern Pacific coast.

The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was centered off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles) and struck at 5:59 a.m. (2059 GMT) the agency said.

A 60 cm (2 foot) tsunami had been observed at Fukushima's Onahama Port and a 90 cm (3 foot) tsunami at Soma soon after, public broadcaster NHK said. The region is the same that was devastated by a tsunami following a massive earthquake in 2011.

A tsunami warning of up to 3 meters (10 feet) has been issued.

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MIDDLE EAST

Iraqi forces dig in as Mosul battle rages.

Iraq's ascendant Shiite militias take the fight to Tal Afar.

Iraq lauds progress on Mosul, expects Trump to continue support.

Fears grow in east Aleppo as government forces close in.

U.N. says nearly 1 million Syrians besieged; U.S. names, shames commanders.

US names Syrian generals accused of leading attacks on civilian targets.

Saudi-led coalition won't renew broken Yemen ceasefire.

Turkish rape law triggers protests.

Iran begins exporting excess heavy water to comply with nuclear deal.

ASIA

Japan earthquake: Tsunami after quake strikes off Fukushima.

South Korea's opposition parties move toward President Park impeachment.

Seoul would have to take greater defense burden if Trump demands: minister.

Rohingya villages 'destroyed' in Myanmar, images show. Myanmar government faces new crisis as ethnic armies attack military.

Islamic State suicide bomber kills dozens at Kabul mosque. Deadly explosion rocks Kabul mosque. Kabul attack: Dozens killed in suicide bombing at Shiite mosque, Islamic State claims responsibility.

Taliban claims it overran district center in Kandahar.

Pakistan: Cross-border fire kills four Kashmiris.

India train: Rescuers end search for survivors at crash site.

Indonesia's police chief: protesters may storm parliament over blasphemy row.

Government, UN exchange over alleged N Korea sanctions breach involving Australians to remain secret.

AFRICA

Monkey attack in Libya sparks tribal clashes that kill more than a dozen.

Islamic State fighters remain in a few blocks of Sirte, Libya.

Veteran Algerian jihadist's wife arrested in Libya: officials.

Violence mars local elections in Mali.

Japanese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan.

Nigeria crisis worsens amid oil price slump.

Somali president seeks mediation amid charges of violence during vote.

Catholic Church in Rwanda apologizes for role in genocide.

EUROPE

Russia: New missiles in Kaliningrad answer US 'shield'. Russian military deploys powerful new missiles to Baltic region.

U.S. says Russian deployment of missiles 'destabilizing' to Europe.

French police foil terror plot following arrests in Strasbourg and Marseille.

Scuffles on the streets as Ukraine marks Euromaidan anniversary.

Ukraine detains two Russian soldiers near Crimean border. Ukraine abducted two soldiers from Crimea, says Russia.

Fillon calls for 'transformation' after first-round win in French primary. After Trump and Brexit, French voting hard to call

Theresa May bids to reassure business on Brexit 'cliff-edge'.

Cyprus leaders hope for breakthrough in last day of talks.

Pope allows all priests to absolve "grave sin" of abortion.

AMERICAS

Trump auditions Cabinet prospects high above Manhattan.

Senators vow to counter Trump on Russia. US lawmakers balk at Trump's Russian reset.

Jeff Sessions may prosecute ‘sanctuary cities’ if confirmed as attorney general.

Haiti starts counting votes in long-delayed election.

Bolivia declares national emergency amid drought.

Nine bodies with signs of torture found in violent southwest Mexico.

US police officers shot in four attacks in one day.

North Dakota pipeline: Police fire water cannon at protesters.

Brazil's Temer warns debt could equal GDP without spending curbs.

Canada announces plan to phase out coal by 2030.

Vancouver mayor on housing crisis: 'I never dreamed it would get this intense'.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Yemeni man in NYC accused of Islamic State plot.

Top IS commander reported killed in drone strike in Afghanistan.

McCain doesn't care what Trump wants: No waterboarding.

Guant├ínamo judges order secret prison’s medical officer to testify.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Major indexes rip to record closing highs as energy spikes 2%. Major indexes hit records as post-election rally goes on.

Asia leaders defend trade deals despite Trump stance.

China takes the driver's seat on free trade.

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