Monday, February 6, 2017

World News Briefs -- February 6, 2017 (Evening Edition)



Reuters: U.S. 'deeply troubled' by U.N. report of Myanmar atrocities against Muslims

The United States is "deeply troubled" by the findings of a United Nations report that said soldiers in Myanmar's Rakhine State had committed atrocities against minority Muslims, the State Department said on Monday.

Washington was still studying the report, but urged the Myanmar government "to take its findings seriously and redouble efforts to protect the local population," a spokeswoman for the department, Katina Adams, said.

"We are deeply troubled by the findings," Adams said, referring to the Feb. 3 report from the U.N.'s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. (Report: bit.ly/2kwtWGq)

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MIDDLE EAST

World Bank links financial support for Iraq to reconciliation.

Besieged South Damascus 'wants truce not war'.

Syrian rebels and insurgents battle in split over peace push.

Islamic State encircled in Syria's al-Bab after army advance. IS 'besieged' in last bastion in Syria's Aleppo province.

Russia's Lavrov backs renewal of U.N.-led Syria talks.

Lavrov says Iran never turned out to have connections with terrorists.

Iran vows 'roaring missiles' if threatened, defies new sanctions.

Iran's missile test 'not a message' to Trump.

Iran world's 'biggest state sponsor of terrorism,' Mattis says.

Israel hits Hamas after 'projectile' fire: army.

Israel legalises settler homes on private Palestinian land.

ASIA

North Korea condemns U.S., South Korea for missile defense drills.

China protests U.S. Iran sanctions for penalizing Chinese firms.

US-China war would be a disaster for the world, says Communist party.

Islamic State, air strikes help drive spike in Afghan civilian casualties: U.N.. Bloody 2016 for Afghan civilians.

UN: More than 900 children killed in Afghanistan in 2016. Children pay the price of Afghan conflict.

China ships sail near disputed isles after Mattis visit: Japan.

US defence secretary Mattis pushes diplomatic solutions, but Beijing remains wary of Trump administration.

Japan spokesman: Trump criticism of currency policy off base.

Japan resumes work on controversial US base on Okinawa.

Philippines' Duterte scraps peace talks with communists.

Dozens killed as heavy snow hits Afghanistan and Pakistan.

One in 14 Catholic priests accused of abuse in Australia.

AFRICA

Somalia on brink of another famine, UN warns.

Libyan coastguards rescue over 1000 migrants in a week.

Sudan to continue military support to Saudi Arabia, denies backing Islamists.

South Sudan president says soldiers who rape should be shot.

Cameroon President: Boko Haram weakened but not beaten.

Nigerians take to streets to protest economic policy.

Suspended DRC talks to resume next week.

Tanzanian president tells security forces to target drug traffickers.

Nigeria's President Buhari extends medical leave in UK.

EUROPE

Romanian government refuses to resign despite ongoing protests.

Supporters protest as trial of Catalan leader begins.

Fran├žois Fillon admits error but refuses to quit French presidential race.

British Speaker opposes letting Trump address parliament.

Frontline town in Ukraine gets breathing space after worst shelling in months.

Ukraine: 2 soldiers wounded but fighting declines.

Russian diplomat: Moscow will not even discuss criteria for lifting sanctions with US.

Pence on Russia: ‘We’re watching’.

Kremlin says it wants apology from Fox News over Putin comments.

German conservatives unite behind Merkel for September vote.

Anger simmers in Greek migrant camp over living conditions.

Scottish lawmakers to hold non-binding vote on rejecting Brexit.

Serb bulldozers demolish wall in Kosovo's divided city.

AMERICAS

Colombia set to start talks with holdout ELN guerrillas.

Trump salutes NATO with vow of strong support.

Trump: Allow those into US who 'want to love our country'.

Trump's immigration ban faces new legal hurdle on Monday. Trump refugee order could be headed to Supreme Court.

Trump defends Putin: 'You think our country is so innocent?'

Trump threatens to defund ‘out of control’ California.

Republicans seek distance from Trump's comments on Putin, US.

Peru's ex-President Alejandro Toledo denies taking bribes.

In Mexico, Trump triggers a surge in patriotism, anti-American sentiment.

Meteor streaks across skies in Wisconsin and Illinois.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Islamic State recruiting child refugees as they head to Europe.

Leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen mocks Trump after raid.

Islamic State on the defensive: UN report.

ISIS offering potential recruits protection, payments & free passage to Europe – think tank.

Official: U.S. ‘aggressively’ targeting ISIS, al-Qaida in Afghanistan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

World's longest non-stop commercial flight lands in New Zealand.

Global stocks head lower on US political uncertainty.

Oil trades near $54 as Iran tension offsets rising U.S. drilling.

Iran says U.S. sanctions stop American oil firms taking part in projects.

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