Thursday, February 16, 2017

World News Briefs -- February 16, 2017

DW: Tillerson debuts at G20 opening as Ukraine and Russia take center stage

The international gathering in Germany has kicked off with a slew of bilateral meetings between world leaders. Germany, Russia and the US all signaled their willingness to cooperate, but tensions among them remain.

As world leaders gathered at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, on Thursday for the two-day G20 foreign ministers meeting, the recently appointed German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel appealed to Russia to use its leverage with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in order to facilitate a weapons withdrawal and stem the violence that has flared up between separatists and Ukrainian government forces in the past month.

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Huge Baghdad car bomb kills at least 52: officials. Baghdad car bomb kills at least 48. Deadly car bombing rocks Iraq's Baghdad.

Mosul offensive producing treasure trove of intel.

Assad vows to retake Raqa and 'every inch' of Syria.

As Syria negotiations falter, Assad backs Trump travel ban.

Iran says Israel 'biggest threat' to world peace.

Yemen conflict: 'Deadly strike' hits funeral party.

Israel-Palestinian conflict: UN warns Trump over two-state reversal. Arab League chief says Mideast peace requires two-state solution.


At least 70 killed in Sufi shrine bombing in Pakistan. Pakistan: IS attack on Sufi shrine in Sindh kills dozens. Blast hits Pakistan's Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi shrine.

Pakistan raids hideout of militants behind surge of attacks; six dead.

Myanmar says military operation in troubled Rakhine has ended.

3 arrested in NKorean's death in Malaysia; autopsy completed. Kim Jong-nam: Malaysia detains boyfriend of second female suspect in connection with murder. Kim Jong-nam: More arrests over airport poisoning.

S.Korea to blast news of Kim Jong-nam killing across border.

US pledges nuclear defence for Japan, S.Korea after N.Korea missile launch.

Indonesia's political climate 'increasingly embittered'.


Shabaab claims attack as new Somali leader takes office.

Libya requests NATO assistance to bolster security institutions.

South Sudan Army troops accused of mass rape.

Central African Republic: Rebel group 'killed 32 civilians'.

Portuguese prosecutors charge Angolan VP with corruption.

Up to 20 million threatened by drought in eastern Africa.

Armyworms threaten southern Africa food supply: UN agency.

Egypt's NGO law aims to 'erase civil society'.

Zuma returns to parliament a week after chaotic address.


Tillerson confirms US ready to solve its problems with Russia — Lavrov. Tillerson and Mattis in guarded approach to Russia.

Russian foreign minister meets with Tillerson, denies interfering.

NATO's European allies take steps to meet US demand.

NATO European allies to jointly buy planes, set up new elite HQ.

Germany urges Russia to influence separatists in eastern Ukraine: sources.

Merkel testifies on NSA spying affair.

Anti-police protests spread to streets of central Paris.


Corker: Senate GOP discussing best path for Russia probe.

Trump presses showdown with intelligence agencies.

Flynn resignation: Republicans seek probe into leaks.

60% of refugee arrivals since judge halted Trump’s order come from 5 terror-prone countries.

'Day Without Immigrants' protests being held across US.

'I don't want problems' with Trump, says Venezuela's Maduro.

Ceta: Justin Trudeau defends controversial EU-Canada trade deal.

CNN Spanish service moves to YouTube after Venezuela ban.


Islamic State claims suicide attack on shrine in Pakistan: AMAQ.

Trinidad & Tobago tries to halt fighters to Islamic State.

Cyber warriors see politics muddying security efforts.


Trump cheers stock market's 'longest winning streak in decades'.

Exclusive: Big U.S. banks to push for easing of money laundering rules.

Lockheed F-35 jet cost could drop 16 percent: Pentagon official.

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