Tuesday, February 21, 2017

World News Briefs -- February 21, 2017 (Evening Edition)

People hold signs reading 'No to fraud' and '(Election) Run-off now' as they protest near the electoral council in Guayaquil, Ecuador February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Ecuador: Ecuador presidential election goes to runoff between leftist, ex-banker

Ecuador's presidential election will go to an April runoff between leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno and ex-banker Guillermo Lasso, the electoral body said on Tuesday, after a nail-biter first round over the weekend.

Moreno needed 40 percent of valid votes and a 10 percentage-point difference over his nearest rival to win outright. He was the clear leader of Sunday's election, pocketing 39.21 percent of valid votes versus 28.34 percent for Lasso, with 95.3 percent of votes counted.

With the Andean country on tenterhooks and the opposition protesting for prompt results, the electoral body said the results could not change although it was waiting for all ballots to be counted before officially proclaiming a second round.

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Seven million Yemenis close to starvation: UN.

US-backed fighters advance on IS in Syria's east. U.S.-backed alliance enters Syria's Deir al-Zor province: Kurdish military source.

UN alarmed over escalation in fighting in Damascus ahead of Geneva peace talks.

Troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks. Mosul offensive: Iraqi army seizes key town of Abu Saif.

Aid groups brace for surge of displaced Mosul residents.

Iran and Turkey trade barbs over Syria and Iraq.

Iran bans private drones from skies over Tehran amid security fears.

Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel.

Israel defense minister disses 'soft power' at Munich Security Conference.

Israeli soldier who killed Palestinian attacker sentenced to 18 months.

Jordanians 'at breaking point' over austerity measures.

Egypt, Jordan say no concessions on a Palestinian state.


Pakistan shells border with Afghanistan as tensions rise over terrorist attacks.

China opposes U.S. naval patrols in South China Sea.

Deadly attack on Pakistani courthouse. Three bombers, two officers dead in attack at Pakistani court.

China orders GPS tracking of every car in troubled region. Chinese police to track cars in Xinjiang in terror crackdown.

North Korea downplays impact of China coal ban.

U.N. group suggests special tribunal for North Korea rights abuses.

Malaysia calls North Korea conspiracy claims 'delusional' after Kim Jong Nam death.

Revealed: Kim Jong-nam was gripped by fear and paranoia, says friend. Kim Jong-nam: No family member claims body, Malaysia says.

Candidate vying to lead Indonesian capital denies pandering to Islamists.

China jails former head of safety watchdog for 15 years for graft.

Philippines' Duterte a serial killer: senator.


At least 14 people killed in ethnic fighting in central Nigeria.

South Sudan famine declared as 100,000 people face starvation.

S. Sudan president vows aid access to famine-hit areas.

Seeking to secure Sinai, Egypt builds closer ties with Hamas.

Somalia food crisis at 'tipping point' with country heading towards famine in matter of weeks.

Civilians in the crossfire of Boko Haram and the military.

Bodies of dozens of migrants wash ashore in western Libya. Bodies of 74 migrants wash ashore near Zawiya, Libya.

Mugabe marks 93rd birthday with faltering TV interview.


France's Le Pen cancels meet with Lebanon grand mufti over headscarf.

Germany's Social Democrats behind Merkel's conservatives, poll shows.

Ukraine accuses pro-Russia rebels of breaking truce.

Poroshenko urges EU to tighten anti-Russian sanctions.

Kremlin: too early for Putin's statements on 2018 election.

UK should expect a very hefty bill for Brexit, says Jean-Claude Juncker.

Head of the AfD Frauke Petry meets with Russian officials in Moscow. German AfD leader Petry meets pro-Putin Russian MPs.

France's National Front denounces police raid on HQ.

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev appoints wife as vice president.

Europe: More energy-efficient, but still import-dependent.

Ukraine oligarch Dmytro Firtash faces extradition to US.

WikiLeaks ‘will not respond to pressure’ from Ecuador’s presidential candidates – Assange.


Canada PM: will not halt illegal border crossing despite opposition.

Trump to exclude U.S. 'dreamer' migrants from crackdown.

US to expand pool of people targeted for deportation. Massive crackdown on illegal immigration is ordered - with virtually every one of the USA's 11 MILLION undocumented aliens in the crosshairs.

Trump denounces bigotry, anti-Semitism in African-American museum tour. Trump condemns 'horrible' anti-Semitism.

Homeland Security employees locked out of computer networks: source.

Ecuador presidential poll: Tension as results are delayed. Runoff likely in Ecuador's presidential election, with most votes counted.

Cuba blocks Chilean, Mexican former officials from entry.

Refugee claimants from U.S. strain Canada's border resources.

Colombia FARC rebels to start disarmament process.

Embattled Nicolás Maduro warns Trump to back down from Venezuela.


Exclusive: CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack - sources.

Governments 'must address corruption to defeat IS', says report.

Afghan intelligence confirms top al Qaeda leader killed in raid.

Pakistan, Afghanistan will fight terrorism 'together': army chief.

Al Qaeda often agitated for Omar Abdel Rahman’s release from US prison.


Global stocks hit record highs, dollar rises on rate-hike view.

Exclusive: Facebook in talks to live stream one MLB game per week - sources.

Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount.

OPEC talk sends oil prices sharply higher.

Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites.

HSBC reports net profit fall of 82 percent.

Russian-owned superyacht seized in Gibraltar over breach of contract.

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