Tuesday, March 14, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 14, 2017 (Evening Edition)



Washington Post: Hours before elections, Dutch have a problem: They can’t decide whom to vote for

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Just hours before Dutch voters went to the polls Wednesday in an election whose results will ricochet across Europe, many people couldn’t make up their minds.

Faced with a dizzying 28 political parties and worried that the Netherlands’ coalition-driven system means that both center-right and center-left leaders push the same policies, as many as 40 percent of voters were still undecided heading into the elections.

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MIDDLE EAST

IS Mosul commander killed, government forces battle for bridge.

In Mosul, a heavy but not crushing blow to Islamic State.

Iraq forces hit stiff resistance in Mosul's Old City.

Iraq forces retake Mosul train station, once a major rail hub.

Over 80,000 Iraqis displaced in west Mosul fighting: IOM.

Israel treats more than 2,600 wounded Syrians: army.

Assad confirms readiness for referendum on Syria’s future.

Syria conflict: Jets deliberately bombed Damascus spring - UN.

Syrian opposition pulls out ahead of Astana peace talks. New round of Syria peace talks opens without rebels.

As Syria peace talks sputter on, tentative efforts to rebuild continue.

U.N. Yemen envoy says warring parties refuse to talk as violence escalates.

Trump holds his first White House meeting with Arab Muslim leader as he dines with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – and invites Ivanka's Egypt-born advisor.

Trump envoy meets Abbas as White House wades into Mideast conflict.

Diplomatic row between Europe and Turkey escalates further. Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan: 'We know Dutch from Srebrenica massacre'. Turkey suspends high-level diplomatic relations with the Netherlands.

ASIA

Afghan security leadership under fire over hospital attack.

Taiwan's ex-president indicted in wiretapping scandal.

Philippines to patrol Benham Rise to assert rights.

US to deploy missile-capable drones across border from North Korea.

China warns United States after Gray Eagle drone deployment.

U.S. carrier joins South Korea drills, North Korea warns of 'merciless' strikes. USS Carl Vinson to be deployed in warning to North Korea.

Report: North Korea developing anti-ship ballistic missiles.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un orders army to prepare for combat.

Defector: North Korea's next nuclear test could lead to collapse.

Malaysia to deport 50 North Koreans despite travel ban over Kim Jong-Nam assassination.

Chinese Communist Party officials harden rhetoric on Islam.

AFRICA

Chad's Faki assumes African Union leadership, pledges reform.

Kenya doctors end strike after deal with government.

Moscow apparently has forces at base in Egypt: US official.

Exclusive: Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role - sources.

Khalifa Haftar forces capture key Libya oil terminals. Libya's Khalifa Haftar 'retakes oil ports from Islamist militia'.

Russia & Egypt refute reports of Russian troop deployment on Libyan border.

Pirates hijack oil tanker off Somalia's coast.

Boko Haram splinter group head charged with kidnappings, murders.

Mozambique cholera outbreak infects over 1,200.

Niger politician jailed over baby-trafficking.

Death toll from Ethiopia landslide reaches 72.

EUROPE

Polls in Holland show Rutte and Wilders ahead with the Christian Democrats closing. Dutch to head to polls amid row with Turkey.

IOM: 525 refugees die at sea in first few weeks of 2017.

Putin approves army deal with Georgia's South Ossetia. Putin instructs to sign deal on integrating South Ossetia forces into Russian army.

Scottish Government seeks quick EU deal if second independence attempt succeeds.

Hungary's president re-elected, beating back challenge by 'Soros candidate'.

Francois Fillon placed under formal investigation.

Employers can ban Muslim headscarf, European court rules.

Russia says it's implementing U.N. North Korea sanctions.

Polish MEP punished for saying women are less intelligent than men.

AMERICAS

'A real kick in the rear': U.S. northeast hit by late-season snow. Blizzard blankets northeast U.S. with late-season snow.

Number of U.S. sanctuary cities nears 50.

Trump's new travel ban faces day in court.

Trump to drop climate change from environmental reviews: Bloomberg.


GOP leaders scramble to shore up support for health bill.

Republicans on defense after report shows millions would lose insurance.

Cuba tries to reboot its creaky state news apparatus.

Clandestine graves with 242 skulls in Mexico believed to be cartel victims.

Deadly floods continue to devastate Peru.

Decapitated bodies found in mass grave at Venezuelan prison.

Child welfare officials arrested over Guatemala shelter fire that killed 40 girls.

Trudeau in New York for Broadway play about Canada on 9/11.

Canadian Girl Guides cancel US travel ahead of ban.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Trump gives CIA power to launch drone strikes: report.

EU taskforce highlights security failings that facilitated terror attacks.

Carlos the Jackal denounces latest France terror trial.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Energy drags on Wall St. as oil falls further; airlines slide.

Oil extends losing streak as data show higher U.S., Saudi crude output. Saudi says 'committed' to oil market stability.

US Fed begins meet with rate hike on the cards.

Toshiba pushes sale of nuclear unit Westinghouse as crisis deepens.

Artificial intelligence will create world’s first trillionaire - Mark Cuban.

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