Friday, March 17, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 17, 2017

CNN: Trump, Merkel meet at White House

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday for a news conference simmering with diplomatic and domestic political intrigue.

Under normal circumstances, the President could expect to face a grilling over embarrassing revelations that his White House apologized to Britain for citing reports the Obama administration used the UK to tap Trump's phones while he was a candidate.

The President also stands isolated in Washington as leaders of the top Capitol Hill intelligence committees reject his unproven claims that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower last year.

But in the controlled environment of Friday's news conference, in which each side typically selects two questioners, it's unclear whether the White House will get a question on the issues.

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US military confirms Syria bombing, denies mosque was hit. US confirms air raid but denies targeting mosque.

Israeli jets strike inside Syria; military site near Palmyra reportedly targeted. Syria fires three missiles at Israeli jets in most serious military incident since outbreak of civil war.

Syria claims to have shot down an Israeli jet.

Israel denies Syrians shot down military jet.

Iraq forces seize ground in Mosul Old City.

Yemeni army, backed by Arab coalition, advance toward Sanaa.

Yemen: Agencies call for aid as skeletal starving children on brink of death.

Iran pilgrims to join this year's hajj: Saudi Arabia.

Erdogan accuses EU of 'crusade' against Islam.


Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says military action against North Korea an option 'on the table'.

Trump accuses China of doing 'little' to contain North Korea.

Taliban car bomb hits army base in eastern Afghanistan.

Clashes hit Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

China arrests more than a dozen North Korea defectors.

Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster.

Pakistani authorities ask Facebook to help fight blasphemy.

UN urges China to act as bird flu deaths spike.

Trump, Xi eye Mar-a-Lago summit.


Somali refugees killed near Bab al-Mandeb Strait. 31 Somali refugees killed in helicopter attack off Yemen coast.

Morocco king names new premier to end deadlock.

South Sudan government buying arms with oil money while millions face starvation: confidential UN report.

Kenyan troops head to troubled northern region.

Somali pirates give up hijacked ship without ransom.

Controversy in Benin over single-term presidency plan.

Northern Namibia braces for worst flood in memory.


UK raps White House over 'ridiculous' Trump spy claims.

France's Macron gains on Le Pen, Fillon in Ipsos poll.

NGOs criticise Turkey-EU deal on refugees.

US 'condemns Russian occupation of Crimea'.

Spain: Eta militant group 'to disarm fully by 8 April'.

Greek far-left group suspected of sending letter bombs.

U.K. lawmakers: Not enough evidence to probe Blair over Iraq.


US President Trump welcomes Chancellor Merkel to the White House. Trump welcomes Merkel to White House for high stakes visit.

Long before new hacks, US worried by Russian spying efforts.

Argentine union steps up pressure on president.

Four bakers arrested over illegal brownies in Venezuela's 'bread war'.

Dozens of rights activists killed in Colombia in 2016.

Mexican morgues overflow with bodies.

Floods, mudslides kill dozens in Peru after unusually heavy rainfalls.


Saudi Arabia offers to contribute troops to ISIS fight.

India beefs up security at Taj Mahal after IS threat.

India expresses dismay over UN's struggle to define terrorism.


G20 finance chiefs to grapple with tackling tax evasion.

S&P cuts troubled Toshiba's credit rating.

Andy Warhol portrait of Mao goes on auction in Hong Kong.

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