Friday, January 27, 2017

World News Briefs -- January 27, 2017



Reuters: NATO, Russia and trade top the agenda for Trump talks with Britain's May

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who share an unusual bond as the products of anti-establishment uprisings, will sit down on Friday for what could be a difficult search for unity on NATO, Russia and trade.

The meeting will mark Trump’s first with a foreign leader since taking power a week ago, and it could go a long way toward determining how crucial Trump considers the traditional “special relationship” between the two countries.

Trump rode an anti-Washington wave to win on Nov. 8, and May gained power in July after the "Brexit" vote that has put her country on a path to separate from the European Union. The meeting will conclude with a joint White House news conference.

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MIDDLE EAST

Trump poised to seek new military options for defeating Islamic State group.

Trump renews consideration of military 'safe zones' in Syria.

Russia urges caution on U.S. plan for safe zones in Syria.

Russia's Lavrov says talks on Syria in Geneva postponed.

Iraqi troops push into IS-held villages north of Mosul.

Trump will keep vow on Jerusalem embassy move, Giuliani says.

Netanyahu interviewed by anti-corruption police for third time.

Turkey threatens to cancel Greece migration deal in soldiers' extradition row. Turkey threatens to cancel Greece migration deal in soldiers' extradition row.

ASIA

Japan's Shinzo Abe to meet with Trump for trade summit. Trump to seek quick progress with Japan's Abe on replacement trade deal.

Japan PM says it's not so easy to change Trump's mind on TPP.

Duterte pleads with Philippine rebels to rebuff Islamic State advances.

North Korea coins new slogan to 'overwork the people,' report says.

Challenging the U.S., Moscow pushes into Afghanistan.

Chinese Lunar New Year feast begins with drums and dumplings.

Beijing city officials told no Lunar New Year fireworks to crack down on smog.

AFRICA

Al-Shabab claims to have killed dozens of Kenyan troops. Somalia's al Shabaab says kills dozens of Kenyan troops in raid on base.

Gambians celebrate new president's arrival after veteran ruler flees.

Libya calls for west to invest in oil industry to help 'unify' the country.

Ivory Coast ex-rebel commanders promoted after mutiny deal.

New report exposes massive corruption in South Sudan’s Army.

EU prolongs sanctions against 48 Tunisians, inc. ex-leader.

Black South Africans still earn far less than whites: survey.

EUROPE

Donald Trump phone call with Vladimir Putin could set scene for US-Russia relations.

Trump hopes to get along with Russia, ‘knock the hell out of ISIS together’.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier 'appalled' by 2016 US election.

Hollande: Trump administration a 'challenge' for Europe.

French presidential hopeful Fran├žois Fillon denies claims about wife. Francois Fillon: I will drop out of France president race if investigated.

France’s neighbors sound alarm over election ‘catastrophe’ risk.

France warns ‘window is closing’ on Greece’s bailout deal.

Free soda: France bans unlimited sugary drink refills.

Population in Germany hits all-time high.

AMERICAS

Trump voters thrilled with promised action on border wall.

Mexico wall: Trump condemned over imports tax proposal.

Mexicans launch boycotts of U.S. companies in fury at Donald Trump.

REPORTS: Trump to speak to Merkel about Russia on same day he talks to Putin for the first time.

Miami-Dade Mayor orders jails to comply with federal immigration plan.

Anti-abortion marchers to celebrate a new era under Trump.

Chile's worst wildfire destroys town as help arrives.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Gitmo numbers likely to rise under Trump.

Trump signals changes to U.S. interrogation, detention policy.

FBI has more than 1,000 ongoing anti-terrorism investigations.

Trump administration debates designating Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

US GDP misses forecast with final quarter rise of 1.9%.

EU slaps China, Taiwan with steel anti-dumping duties.

Microsoft's market value tops $500 billion again after 17 years.

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