Thursday, March 16, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 16, 2017 (Evening Edition)

It was not immediately clear if the hijackers were fishermen or professional pirates. MOHAMED DEEQ - SBC

BBC: Somalia ship hijack: 'Pirates' release vessel without ransom

Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker have released it without condition, according to officials.

The announcement came hours after the pirates and naval forces exchanged gunfire over a boat believed to be carrying supplies to the hijackers.

The tanker, which was en route from Djibouti to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, was seized on Monday with eight Sri Lankan crew members on board.

It is the first hijack off Somalia's coast since 2012.

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Iraqi forces besiege Islamic State around Mosul Old City.

Iraqi forces capture third out of five bridges in Mosul from Islamic State.

Adopting IS tactic, Iraqi forces weaponise small drones.

Syria 'air raid on mosque kills 42' in Aleppo province.

Suicide bombers strike Syrian capital as war enters 7th year.

Turkey threatens to unilaterally suspend EU refugee deal.

Palestinian leader Abbas says Trump brings hope for 'peace'.

Iran lauded by UN for hosting refugees.

Saudi Arabian King Salman signs billion-dollar deals in China.

Netanyahu seeks deal with Trump on settlement construction.


Philippine lawmaker seeks Duterte impeachment for abuse of power.

Kabul hospital attack: Afghanistan authorities detain 24 people.

Rex Tillerson: North Korea needs fresh approach. US promises new North Korea plan after two decades of 'failure'.

China's premier calls for return to talks on North Korean nukes.

Kim Jong-nam death: Interpol 'red notice' for N Koreans. Interpol warrant issued for four N. Koreans: Malaysia.

Taiwan says capable of strike against China.

Myanmar must 'allow Rohingya to leave camps'.

Population census exposes Pakistan's harsh realities.

Great Barrier Reef survival relies on halting warming, study warns.


Nigeria's Buhari marks return by attending council meeting.

Somali pirates release hijacked ship, crew without ransom.

Somalia ship hijack: 'Pirates' exchange gunfire with naval forces. Somali coastguard in gunfight near hijacked ship.

Libya national army recaptures oil ports at Sidra and Ras Lanuf. Libya factions agree ceasefire after Tripoli battle.

Boko Haram raid Nigeria town, loot food supplies.

Unpaid wages, sackings stir new tension in Nigeria's oil hub.

Two killed in attack on South Sudan aid convoy: IOM.

Somali Islamists let drought-hit civilians roam in search of food.

Namibia lodges colonial-era claim against Germany in NY court.

Moroccan king sacks PM to unblock impasse.

Sierra Leone pastor finds huge 706-carat diamond.


EU tells Balkans to quit 'playing with fire' and work together.

Dutch election: European relief as mainstream triumphs.

Le Pen foes relish Dutch vote, but French election may be different.

Scottish independence: Sturgeon 'determined' to have second vote.

Brexit: Theresa May should not defy Scotland amid independence 2.0 push, Alex Salmond warns.

OSCE extends monitoring mission to Ukraine by one year.

Poroshenko slaps sanctions on five Russian banks operating in Ukraine. Ukraine sanctions five Russian banks. Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russian banks.

Germany's Merkel to make rare Russia visit for Putin talks.

Blast at IMF Paris offices when letter opened. One injured as explosive detonates in IMF's Paris office.

One arrested after high school shooting in Grasse, France.

EU Parliament for tighter rules on conflict minerals.

Turkey's Nazi remarks 'unacceptable', say Hollande and Merkel.

‘London Bridge is down’: Operational codeword for the Queen’s death leaked.


Senate intelligence panel rejects Trump wiretap claim.

Trump defends claim that Obama wiretapped his phones.

Trump vows appeal up to Supreme Court after loss on travel ban.

Donald Trump says judge's travel ban block is 'unprecedented overreach' – as it happened. Trump travel ban: Second US judge block new executive order. 2 federal judges find new Trump travel ban discriminatory.

Trump ready to fight after travel ban again blocked.

White House picks Boeing executive as Pentagon's No. 2.

McDonald's probing hacked tweet slamming Trump.

Trump budget calls for billions for border wall with Mexico.

In Trump era, some Mexican migrants head north - to Canada.

Venezuela says oil operations in Guyana violates agreement.

2 Secret Service agents under investigation for taking selfies with Trump's sleeping grandson.

Russians paid Mike Flynn $45K for Moscow speech, documents show.


GOP lawmakers renew push for ISIS war authorization.

Navy SEALs startled by terrorists’ combat readiness in Yemen mission.

Islamic State expands into North Africa.


Wall Street slips with healthcare stocks, Nasdaq flat.

Germany, China stress commitment to free trade ahead of Merkel's meeting with Trump.

Donald Trump orders review of fuel-efficiency standards in big win for auto industry.

SpaceX strikes second GPS satellite launch deal in a year, killing the competition.

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