Thursday, March 23, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 23, 2017 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Police identify British-born attacker, victim count rises to four

The attacker who plowed a car through a throng of pedestrians and then stabbed a policeman outside Britain's parliament was named on Thursday as Khalid Masood, a British-born man who was once investigated by MI5 intelligence officers over concerns about violent extremism.

The death toll from Wednesday's attack on the heart of Britain's democracy grew to five as police said one of the injured, a 75-year-man, had died in hospital after his life support was withdrawn.

That number included Masood, 52, who was shot dead by police.

The attack was the deadliest in Britain since 2005, when 52 people were killed by Islamist suicide bombers on London's public transport system.

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Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, residents.

Jihadist-led offensive in Syria's Hama advances: monitor. Syrian army prepares Hama counterattack ahead of renewed peace talks.

US tells allies to do more amid new offensive against IS.

US combat airlift marks deepening involvement in Syria.

Syrian troops besiege Islamic State stronghold.

UN's troubled Syria peace talks restart in Geneva.

UN: 400,000 Iraqis 'trapped in Mosul's Old City'. 400,000 'trapped' in west Mosul's Old City: UN.

Two years on, Yemen stuck in 'quagmire'.

Turkey urging U.S., Britain to lift flight electronics ban: foreign ministry.


China is not militarizing South China Sea, Premier Li says.

UN Security Council condemns latest N.Korea missile tests.

US sees 'activity' at North Korea nuke sites: US official.

Taliban overtakes Sangin district in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Afghan Taliban capture crucial city of Sangin.

Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, ISIS.

Pakistan hosts Afghan Taliban leaders to talk peace talks.

North Korea accuses Japan of espionage.

FBI prepares charges against North Korea over Bangladesh heist.

Report: Kim Jong Nam assassination cripples North Korea businesses.

North Korea hunger: Two in five undernourished, says UN.

South Korea raises sunken Sewol disaster ferry.

Shinzo Abe and wife accused of giving cash to ultra-nationalist school.

UN condemns Sri Lanka over war probe.


Somali president pleads to UN for aid to avert famine.

UN chief accuses South Sudan's government of ignoring famine. UN Security Council again eyes sanctions on South Sudan.

Egyptian soldiers killed by roadside bombs in central Sinai: military. Roadside bombings kill 10 Egypt soldiers during Sinai raid. Ten Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai fighting: army.

Uganda at 'breaking point' as South Sudan refugees pour in.

French national kidnapped in Chad, say military and security sources.

Protesters call for Zimbabwe Election Commission to be disbanded.

South Africa police warn of taxi rape gang in Johannesburg.

At 93 years old, Zimbabwe's Mugabe remains a jet-setter.

Anglophone versus Francophone tension continues in Cameroon.


London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52.

Around 250 feared dead on 'Black Day' in Mediterranean.

U.S. Senate to vote on Montenegro's NATO membership.

Support for Merkel's conservatives and SPD tied, German poll shows.

Belgian police intercept car and thwart 'attempted terrorist attack'. Man held for 'driving at crowd' in Antwerp, Belgium. Belgian police stop attempted car-ramming attack in Antwerp.

Russia's foreign minister says ready to discuss reducing nuclear arms.

Ukraine calls depot explosion an act of sabotage.

Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov shot dead in Ukrainian capital.

Ukraine bars Russia entry from Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

Soros-funded charities targeted by Trump-inspired crackdown in East Europe.

Italian court: No rape happened since woman didn't scream.

Poland's World War II museum opens amid controversy.


Trump ultimatum: Pass health bill Friday or Obamacare stays. White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote.

White House defends GOP lawmaker's decision to brief Trump.

Vote looming, Trump struggles to win Obamacare repeal. Republican Rep. Brooks: 30-40 Republican 'no' votes on health bill.

Lawmaker says U.S. foreign surveillance 'unmasked' Trump associates.

Exclusive: U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening.

US, 13 other nations demand Venezuela hold elections soon.

Venezuelans protest about medicine shortages.

Motorists line up for scarce petrol in oil-rich Venezuela. Venezuela shocked as children arrested for soldiers' killings.

Chile sentences 33 over Pinochet-era disappearances.

US immigrants make sub-zero trek for slim chance at asylum in Canada.

Imam calling for Jews to be killed in sermon at Montreal mosque draws police complaint.


Judge seeks common ground in 9/11 suits against Saudi Arabia.

Trump steadily ramps up military action against ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Saudi officials say Yemen's Qaeda arm losing ability to carry out attacks abroad.

London terrorist attack: Vehicle, knife incident shows threat of low-tech terror.


Trump preparing orders to review trade deals, procurement: officials.

Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profits.

Americans are dying with an average of $62K of debt.

Google advertising row spreads to US brands.

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