Wednesday, November 23, 2016

World News Briefs -- November 23, 2016

Reuters: Civilians flee as Shi'ite fighters near flashpoint town near Mosul

Thousands of Iraqi civilians have fled Tal Afar as Shi'ite paramilitary groups close in around the Islamic State-held town on the road between Mosul and Raqqa, the main cities of the militant group's self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

The exodus from Tal Afar, 60 km (40 miles) west of Mosul, is worrying humanitarian organizations as some of the civilians are heading into insurgent territory, where aid cannot be sent to them, provincial officials said.

Popular Mobilisation units, a coalition of mostly Iranian-backed militias, are trying to encircle Tal Afar, a largely ethnic Turkmen town, as part of the offensive to capture Mosul, Islamic State's last major stronghold in Iraq.

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Planes launched off US carrier in Gulf pound IS militants.

Mosul: Supply line secured, severing ISIL from Syria. Iraq militias 'cut off IS access to city'.

Civilians flee as Shi'ite fighters near flashpoint town near Mosul.

Syria war: UN resumes aid to Syrians on Jordan border.

Yemen conflict: Air strike 'kills 12 civilians' in Hajja.

Iran warns of retaliation if U.S. breaches nuclear deal.

Pleading innocence, wanted general says Turkey's purge ruining military.

Stalemate in Turkey’s EU accession talks.


Indian shelling kills nine in Kashmir, Pakistan says. Kashmir clashes: Indian shelling 'kills nine on bus'.

More Rohingyas flee to Bangladesh as violence spreads in Myanmar.

Bangladesh presses Myanmar as Rohingya flee across border.

Defense minister says Russia-China military cooperation consolidates peace in Eurasia.

U.S., China agree on new North Korea U.N. sanctions, Russia has issues: diplomats.

Viagra found in South Korean presidential offices.

Elderly Khmer Rouge despots' life sentences upheld.


Tunisia confirms U.S. drones over Libyan border, monitor Islamic State.

Egypt leader voices support for Syrian President's military.

Egypt to hold mass trial of suspected Islamic State militants.

Dengue fever kills 20 in Burkina Faso.

Internet blackout forces young Ethiopians to go retro.

Bamenda protests: Mass arrests in Cameroon.

South Africa's Zuma hits out at state capture report implicating him.


Brexit protesters tell British PM May: 'Get on with EU divorce'.

EU lawmakers denounce Russian info tactics, anger Putin.

Nato and Kremlin in war of words over Russian missile deployment.

NATO ends counter-piracy mission as focus shifts to Mediterranean.

Germany, France seek four-way talks on eastern Ukraine conflict on November 29.

Ukraine appoints law graduate, 23, to lead purge campaign.

Greek PM Tsipras, Trump talk about cooperation, security.

Lufthansa strike starts after failed court challenge.


Trump chooses SC Gov Nikki Haley to be ambassador to UN.

Trump denies any conflict of interest over business empire.

Colombia and FARC agree on new deal, but no referendum this time. Colombia and FARC to sign peace deal 2.0.

Venezuela opposition says Vatican-brokered talks 'frozen'.

Haiti police clash with protesters awaiting poll results.

Jamaica police commit 'hundreds of unlawful killings' yearly, Amnesty says.

US government sanctions Peruvian rebels for terrorism.

Bolivia schools close early as drought empties reservoirs.


Pentagon: Senior al Qaeda leader killed in airstrike.

U.S. adds three Islamic State leaders to global terror list.

The ten countries most affected by terrorism.


Dow closes above 19,000 as stocks notch record closing highs; telecoms spike 2%.

Facebook builds censorship tool for China.

Global wealth update: 0.7% of adults control $116.6 trillion in wealth.

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