Saturday, March 18, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 18, 2017

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd, L) meets U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (2nd, R) at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on March 18, 2017 in Beijing, China. REUTERS/ Lintao Zhang/POOL

Reuters: China, U.S. hold 'candid' talks on North Korea, Taiwan

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday he held "candid, pragmatic and productive" talks with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, which included North Korea, Taiwan and bilateral trade.

Tillerson said both sides renewed their determination to convince North Korea, which has a fast-developing nuclear and ballistic missile program, to choose a better path.

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Iraq forces near Mosul mosque where IS declared 'caliphate'.

US admits Syria airstrike that killed 46 but denies targeting mosque.

Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair.

Netanyahu: Strikes in Syria targeted Hezbollah arms.

Israeli jets and tanks strike Hamas positions following rocket fire. Gaza rocket hits Israel prompting retaliatory shelling.

Hezbollah says U.N. 'weak' after critical Israel report pulled.

UN's Rima Khalaf quits over report accusing Israel of apartheid.

Two senior Yemen rebels survive deadly convoy strike.

Saudi Arabia seeks new footing for international diplomatic relations.


Rex Tillerson pledges closer cooperation with China in talks on North Korea.

China pushes back on U.S. talk of ‘all options’ over North Korea.

US denies report Tillerson cut short meetings over 'fatigue'.

China, Russia block UN statement on Myanmar.

Afghanistan: Illegal poppy cultivation surging 10 pct.

Ex-President Park supporters march in Seoul against impeachment.

Modi party picks firebrand to head India's biggest state.

Goa murder: 245 tourists died in four local districts in past 12 years.


Somalia blames Saudi-led coalition for deadly strike on boat.

IOM: Attack on Somali refugees 'unacceptable'.

International quartet backs Libya's unity government.

Thousands stage anti-militia protests in Libya's capital.

Central Africa's transition to peace still elusive.

UN report slams South Sudan's arms purchases amid famine.

Namibia demands $30 bln for German genocide: documents.

Celebrity social media push to help Somalia goes viral.

Don't forget us, says Chibok schoolgirl as third year of captivity approaches.

Burundi's capital hit by floods.


French political system fights for survival as presidential campaign begins.

Russian parliament backs investigation into U.S. media.

Screw the sanctions! 3 in 4 Russians oppose begging West to lift restrictions.

Russia denies planning annexation of eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine: Senior official accused of corruption makes $3.7 million bail.

Ignoring Scottish referendum mandate would 'shatter' UK structure: Sturgeon.

Basque separatist group Eta announces plan to lay down all weapons.

Pope announces Egypt visit under improving Catholic-Muslim ties.


US asks Hawaii judge to clarify ruling on Trump travel ban.

Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at Mexican border.

Another person tries to jump White House fence.

Secret Service laptop stolen from agent's vehicle in New York. Secret Service: White House fence jumper roamed grounds for 17 minutes.

Exclusive: Canadian border authorities detaining record number of Mexicans.

Ottawa compensates and apologizes to three Canadians tortured in Syria.

Peru hit by worst flooding in decades. Peru floods kill 67 and spark criticism of country's climate change preparedness.

Brazil meat-packing giants 'exported rotten beef'.

Half of Washington's cherry blossoms dead after cold snap.


Orly airport: Man killed after seizing soldier's gun. French prosecutor: Orly attacker apparently wanted soldier's assault rifle so he could shoot people at airport.

IS claims Bangladesh bombing, police kill militant.

Analysis: Merger of al Qaeda groups threatens security in West Africa.


G20 finance ministers drop anti-protectionist pledge. G20 fails to agree on free trade endorsement.

U.S. wants free but fair and balanced trade: Mnuchin.

Furious British MPs accuse Google of profiting from hatred: Technology giant is urged to take responsibility for extremist videos posted on their site.

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