Tuesday, March 21, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 21, 2017 (Evening Edition)

BBC: US and UK ban cabin laptops on some inbound flights

The US and UK are banning laptops from cabin baggage on flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Turkey.

The US ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone is being imposed as an anti-terrorist precaution.

It covers inbound flights on nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. Phones are not affected.

The British ban, announced hours after the American measure, is similar but applies to different airlines.

Downing Street said airline passengers on 14 carriers would not be able to carry laptops in cabin luggage on inbound direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The Turkish government said the US ban was wrong and should be reversed.

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Trump pledges to speed up support in fight against Islamic State, Iraqi leader says. Donald Trump meets Haider al-Abadi at White House.

Iraq forces gain ground, deploy snipers in Mosul.

Syrian rebels launch attack near Hama.

Syria conflict: Rebels launch fresh Damascus assault. Rebels launch second Damascus attack in three days.

Syria war: Russia denies aiding Kurds to set up a military base.

Khamenei fleshes out 'Made in Iran' vision.

Erdogan vows Turkey will 'review relations with EU'.

Hamas aims to improve international image with new program.

Israel: Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine 'killed by own men'.

Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again.


Philippines to protest China's planned construction on disputed shoal.

Thailand, Philippines vow to boost military cooperation to address security issues.

North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms - envoy.

Officials: US expects next North Korean missile launch soon.

North Korea nuclear programme in 'new phase': IAEA.

Afghan official: Attack kills 6 from intelligence service.

Ex-guerrilla wins E. Timor presidential poll: early count.

North Korea burns US aircraft carrier, bomber in propaganda video.

Trump administration considering broad sanctions toward North Korea: report. Tillerson briefs Trump on North Korea options.

Ousted S Korean President Park Geun-hye faces prosecutors.

South Korea complains to WTO over China’s response to anti-missile system.

China's Xi calls for peace in meeting with Netanyahu.


5 killed in Mogadishu car bomb.

South Sudan says will boost security in oilfields after kidnappings.

UN releases $22 million to fight famine threat in Somalia.

UN: Millions on verge of famine in Somalia.

Cameroon expelled 2,600 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram: UN.

East Libyan forces accused of Benghazi executions.

EU roadmap for Libya to stem flow of sea migrants.

Mass graves in Central Congo bear witness to growing violence.

Africa's new sovereign debt crisis.

Chad's ancient Ennedi cave paintings defaced.


Scottish parliament begins debate on new independence referendum.

U.S. reverses course and offers new dates for NATO talks.

Year on from bombings, Brussels remains on alert.

Sweden updates hundreds of nuclear bunkers amid fears of new Cold War with Russia.

6,000 people rescued from the Mediterranean.

Merkel clear that Erdogan 'Nazi' jibes must stop.

Kremlin mum on potential Putin-Tillerson meeting in Moscow.

Russia to pay off balance of Soviet-era debt within 45 days.

Russia accused of hindering UK money laundering investigations.

French minister Bruno Le Roux hit by summer jobs revelations.

French rocket launch delayed by labor protest.

Northern Ireland Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness dies, aged 66. Martin McGuinness: Sinn Féin politician dies aged 66.


Trump warns Republicans ahead of make-or-break health vote.

Supreme Court pick Gorsuch would have 'no difficulty' ruling against Trump.

Chuck Schumer: Senate shouldn’t vote on Neil Gorsuch while FBI investigates Trump.

Ivanka Trump to get own White House office in expanding role.

Venezuela's socialist leaders seize bakeries in 'bread war'.

Two guards killed in riot at Guatemalan youth detention center. Guatemala police rescue hostages from rioting youth jail inmates.

Asylum seekers intercepted entering Canada illegally increase.

No cardboard cut-outs of Trudeau, Canada diplomats told.

Closures along iconic California highway hit tourism.


Coalition gathers to hear Trump Islamic State plan.

US, UK bar laptop carry-ons from Mideast, N. Africa flights.

Experts criticize US electronic devices ban on some flights from Middle East.

EXCLUSIVE: 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia, accuse the U.S. ally of complicity in the terrorist attacks.

Former CIA captive appeals Guantanamo trial to Supreme Court.


U.S. oil hits November low as fresh glut fears overshadow OPEC cut talk.

Rich get even richer: Forbes’ global list shows record 2,043 billionaires.

Forbes 2017 billionaires list: Donald Trump drops 220 spots, Gina Rinehart skyrockets to 69.

Google promises to take action on 'hateful' content.

BMW logs new record, but drops behind Mercedes.

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