Wednesday, March 22, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 22, 2017

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

North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

This includes developing a "pre-emptive first strike capability" and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

Reuters, quoting a senior U.S. official in Washington, reported on Monday that the Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threat.

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Airstrike on refugee shelter kills more than 30 near Syria's Raqqa: monitor.

Rebels, jihadists begin new offensive in central Syria.

New Syria peace talks as fight comes to Damascus.

Iran and ISIL 'top priority' for Iraq-US relations.

Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again.

In Cairo, Abbas under pressure over succession plan.

Erdogan warns Europeans 'will not walk safely' if current attitude persists.


North Korean missile launch fails: U.S. military says.

North Korea's parliament to hold rare meeting: KCNA.

South Korea's Park goes home after 14-hour interrogation in graft probe.

Afghanistan wants more U.S. help in fight against Taliban, ISIS.

Philippines to protest China’s plan to build on disputed shoal.

China denies plans to build on disputed shoal.

Pakistan to renew military courts for 'terror' suspects.

Former NZ defence minister admits civilians were killed in bungled Afghan special forces raid.


Multiple bomb blasts rock Nigeria's Maiduguri.

Libya force accused of killing Benghazi captives.

Russia enlarges military footprint in Libya.

Libya: Who controls what.

East Africa summit to focus on refugees, food concerns.

Western Sahara wants AU to sanction Morocco after no-show.

Nigeria moves to stop illegal emigration.

Kenya Revenue Authority 'lost $39m to hacker'.


Closer US-Russia ties uncertain as Tillerson plans trip.

Brussels marks one-year anniversary of terror attacks. Brussels attacks: First anniversary of bombings marked.

Ukraine lawmaker calls on U.S. to investigate new 'evidence' of secret payments to Manafort.

Ukraine wants to ban Russia from Eurovision song contest.

Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government.

Tens of thousands protest in Macedonia during EU visit.

Swedish parliament holds its first war drill in two decades.


Trump’s hard sell on health care hasn’t worked — at least not yet.

White House: Trump will attend NATO leaders meeting in May.

Tillerson offers new dates for NATO meeting.

Rex Tillerson: My wife convinced me to be US secretary of state.

U.S.-Mexico border wall fight: California considers divesting from companies involved in the project.

Mexico warns firms not in their interest to build border wall.

Peru flood crisis renders tens of thousands homeless.

Guatemala youth detention center riot ends with 4 guards dead.

Former Chilean leader Pinera to seek return to presidency.

Haiti prime minister takes office, giving government green light.


Washington counterterrorism gathering highlights 'IS' fight and Iran.

Syria’s refugee crisis is also a security nightmare, terrorism experts warn.

U.S. drone kills militant blamed for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team in Pakistan.

Laptop ban: UK, US ban electronics in carry-on luggage from Middle East airports amid terrorist bomb fears.


Saudi Arabia’s oil supremacy falters.

Twitter: Over half a million blocked for 'terror' ties.

Google may have ‘broken UK law’ by failing to take down extremist material.

Sears plummets after citing ‘substantial doubt’ about its future.

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