Thursday, March 16, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 16, 2017

Reuters: China pledges firm response if Japan interferes in South China Sea

China on Thursday pledged a firm response if Japan stirs up trouble in the South China Sea, after Reuters reported on a Japanese plan to send its largest warship to the disputed waters.

The Izumo helicopter carrier, commissioned only two years ago, will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka before joining the Malabar joint naval exercise with Indian and U.S. naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July, sources told Reuters.

The trip would be Japan's biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two.

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

Adopting IS tactic, Iraqi forces weaponise small drones.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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

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

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.


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.


GOP lawmakers renew push for ISIS war authorization.

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

Islamic State expands into North Africa.


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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