Friday, February 3, 2017

World News Briefs -- February 3, 2017

NBC: Paris Shooting: Soldier Fires on Attacker Near Louvre Museum

A soldier opened fire on a man armed with a machete in an underground mall close to the world-famous Louvre museum in Paris, police said Friday.

Michel Cadot, the head of the French capital's police force, said the man shouted "Allahu akbar" — Arabic for "God is great" — during the incident.

A confrontation ensued around 10:00 a.m local time (04:00 ET) after a four-man patrol of soldiers told the man he could not proceed into the mall with his bags, officials said.

"That's when he got the knife out and that's when he tried to stab the soldier," police union official Yves Lefebvre told the Associated Press.

The man rushed at the soldiers, who attempted to fight him off, before one opened fire on him.

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US hits 13 people, dozen companies in new Iran sanctions. US hits Iran with fresh sanctions after missile tests.

Trump says Iran is "playing with fire" after missile test. Trump: Iran 'playing with fire' after missile test.

Iranians fear attacks and economic isolation as Trump gets tough.

Syria conflict: Air strikes disrupt Raqqa water supply.

Turkey, US-coalition jets 'kill 47 ISIL fighters'.

250,000 more Iraqis could flee Mosul as fighting moves west: UN.

Al-Qaeda enters three Yemen towns days after US raid.


New US defence chief '100%' backs Japan alliance.

Mattis warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' response to nuclear use. Mattis says US would have 'effective and overwhelming' response to North Korea nuke attack.

North Korea’s head of secret police is purged.

China says resolutely opposes deployment of THAAD in South Korea.

Hundreds likely killed in Myanmar's Rohingya crackdown: UN.

Philippines' Duterte ends ceasefire with Maoist rebels.

Afghan police officer kills eight colleagues.

Donald Trump's defence secretary James Mattis says US 'won't forget debt' to Australia.


Child bombers become militant weapon as Nigeria presses assault.

Migrant crisis: EU summit seeks action plan with Libya. EU looks to Libya to stem flow of asylum-seekers crossing Mediterranean.

Kenya agrees to rejoin South Sudan UN force.

Chad's Deby postpones elections, citing lack of funds.

Angola President Dos Santos to step down after 37 years.

Zimbabwean protest leader remanded in custody.

Egypt police arrest more fans over soccer riot anniversary.


Fighting rages on in East Ukraine as pleas for truce are ignored. Artillery fire shakes eastern Ukraine as Russia accuses Kyiv of escalation.

'Our tanks are ready': Ukraine braces for escalation in Eastern war.

Ceasefire violations in Ukraine still too high despite lull in fighting: Germany.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley blames Russia for new fighting in Ukraine.

‘I haven’t eased anything,’ Trump says after Treasury amends sanctions on Russian FSB.

EU leaders attack Donald Trump at Malta summit. Trump's tipped EU ambassador is "malevolent", say European leaders.

Thousands join third night of Romania anti-corruption protests.

France elections: Fillon setback as wife video resurfaces.


Tillerson, on first day, addresses dissent and calls Mexico, Canada.

U.S. job growth accelerates in January, but wages lag.

U.S. technology startups panic over immigration ban.

States are cracking down on the biggest protests since '60s.

US gun laws: House votes to loosen background checks rules.

Canada under pressure to counter Trump's 'Muslim ban'.

2 sentenced to death in Guyana for massacre that killed 12.


Machete-wielding man slumps to the ground after being shot in the stomach at the Louvre museum as he attacked French soldiers while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’.

Trump tells US to 'get smart' after Paris machete attack.

Democrats say they'll fight any attempt to authorize torture.


Trump vows to overhaul trade deal with Mexico, Canada.

Trump takes first step to scale back financial regulations.

Apple to start making iPhones in India, says state government.

Donald Trump: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quits president's advisory group over immigration ban.

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