Monday, March 13, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 13, 2017

BBC: Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to seek second referendum

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed she will ask for permission to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Ms Sturgeon said she wanted a vote to be held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of the following year.

The Scottish first minister said the move was needed to protect Scottish interests in the wake of the UK voting to leave the EU.

She said she would ask the Scottish Parliament next week to request a Section 30 order from Westminster.

The order would be needed to allow a fresh legally-binding referendum on independence to be held.

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Coalition official: ISIS-held Mosul completely surrounded.

Iraqi army cuts off last 'Islamic State' supply line to west Mosul.

Syrian army advances in district east of Damascus-monitor.

Russia, Turkey, Iran to press ahead with Syria talks - Kazakhstan.

Iran FM says Netanyahu faking history and Jewish faith.

Ahmad Daqamseh freed after killing Israeli schoolgirls.

Turkey lodges formal complaint as tensions with Netherlands rise.


Relief camp in China swells as thousands flee conflict in Myanmar.

Ousted leader Park remains defiant as she returns to private home.

Report: South Korea judges who favored Park impeachment threatened.

China fans anger over Seoul's missile move.

China makes it illegal to insult ‘heroes and martyrs’ of its Communist Party.

China hopes India and Pakistan will join SCO 'as soon as possible'.

India elections: Decisive victory for Modi's BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

Philippines, rebels to restart peace talks, cease-fire.


Libyan NOC official warns of force majeure at oil ports as rivals mobilise.

South Sudan Army clash with rebels leaves 23 people dead.

Car bomb blast kills 6 near hotel in Somalia's capital.

South Sudan rebels kidnap eight local aid workers: military.

Ex-Guinea military head extradited over stadium massacre.

Garbage dump landslide in Ethiopia kills at least 50. Garbage dump landslide in Addis Ababa kills at least 46, buries homes and buildings.

'Dying one by one:' Somalia drought crushes herders' lives.


Scotland to seek approval for new independence vote. Brexit: Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon seeks new independence referendum.

Brexit set to begin as bill enters final stages.

Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch warn citizens after Erdogan threat. Denmark warns Turkish PM to postpone visit as Germany mulls legal options.

French elections: Beleaguered Fillon hit by fresh scandals.

'Sexy beast' Schulz fires up support ahead of German poll.

Kremlin spokesman: 'Russia is being demonized'.

Business confidence improving for oil-rich Russia.

Iceland ending capital controls imposed after 2008 financial crisis.


Trump budget opens new fight among Republicans.

GOP healthcare bill hangs in the balance.

Trump adviser says gov't has many ways to surveil people.

Venezuela jail search reveals mass grave with 14 bodies.

Peru floods put thousands in danger.

Runaway bus 'kills 34' in Haitian city of Gonaives.

50 million people brace for up to TWO FEET of snow as monster nor'easter prepares to bury the U.S. Northeast and bring blizzard conditions in Spring.


'Carlos the Jackal' on trial for 1974 Paris grenade bombing.

US hit Al Qaeda in Yemen more in one week than Obama did in one year.

Holiday bomb threats target 5 Jewish centers in US, Canada.


Fed may have to accelerate rate rises to accommodate Trump policies: ECB's Visco.

Is Google another step closer to being unblocked in China?

OPEC cuts not having dramatic effect for members.

Intel buys driverless car technology firm Mobileye.

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