Tuesday, March 28, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 28, 2017


BBC: Mosul battle: Coalition urged to review tactics after civilian deaths

The UN's human rights chief has called on Iraqi and US-led coalition forces to review their tactics in the battle for the city of Mosul to protect civilians.

Zeid Raad Al Hussein said bodies were being found in buildings where IS had reportedly held people as human shields and were later targeted in air strikes.

He urged the coalition to avoid such "traps" and abide by international law.

Amnesty International has accused the coalition of failing to take adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths.

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MIDDLE EAST

U.S. reinforcements in Mosul include up to 300 Army paratroopers.

Rights groups: Coalition failing to prevent civilian deaths in Mosul.

IS herds civilians into booby-trapped buildings, says UN.

Syria: 40,000 displaced as fighting rages near Hama.

Putin meets with Iranian leader, touts 'reliable and stable partner'.

Trump administration mulls escalating military role in Yemen.

U.N. may use other Yemen ports to ensure food pipeline, avert famine.

ASIA

South China Sea: Beijing can deploy military assets on islands anytime, US think tank says.

General wants surge of US troops to break stalemate in Afghanistan.

North Korea coal, air route, raise questions about sanctions.

Russia, North Korea sign 'labor immigration' accord.

Kashmir: 3 killed in violent protests after firefight.

Indian mob beats African students near Dehli following drug death.

Cyclone Debbie: Australia activates disaster response plan. Ferocious Cyclone Debbie batters north-eastern Australian coast.

AFRICA

The ongoing fight for Libya's strategic 'oil crescent'.

Nigeria's army ramps up military presence in Sambisa Forest.

Number of Kenyans going hungry doubles to three million.

Somalia famine complicates US counter-terror campaign.

Kasai unrest: Bodies found in hunt for UN Congo experts.

Meningitis outbreak kills at least 140 in Nigeria.

Ahmed Kathrada: anti-apartheid titan jailed with Mandela dies at 87.

EUROPE

Scottish lawmakers to vote on independence referendum call.

Ukrainian separatists have Russia's latest weapons.

Poland's defense minister welcomes NATO troops.

Montenegro's bid to join NATO clears U.S. Senate hurdle.

Turks in Germany warned over surveillance from Ankara: report. Germany accuses Turkey of 'intolerable' spying on G├╝len supporters.

Tensions flare as Greece tells Turkey it is ready to answer any provocation.

Hungary opens shipping container camp for refugees.

Clashes in Paris over police killing of Chinese man. Paris clashes after French police kill Chinese man.

Measles outbreak across Europe.

AMERICAS

Cheney: Russian election interference could be ‘act of war’.

Nunes won't leave Russia probe; Ryan says no need to.

Trump to sweep away Obama climate change policies. Trump puts anti-global warming projects on chopping block.

Congress gears up for fight over spending after failure of Health-Care Bill.

Pregnant Venezuelans pour into Colombia for medical attention.

Rich Venezuelans are seeking haven in Madrid.

Peru floods: Four killed as Piura bursts its banks.

Reports say Trudeau government will legalize marijuana by Canada Day 2018.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Al Qaeda entity involved in communal violence in central Mali.

Wife of London terrorist Khalid Masood ‘saddened and shocked’ by attack.

'Carlos the Jackal' given further life term for 1974 Paris grenade attack.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

The Galaxy S8 will be Samsung's biggest test ever.

Selling water: Coke, Pepsi look to make water rain money.

Got camera? Facebook adds more Snapchat-like features.

Amazon to buy Middle East online retailer Souq.

New York's Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018.

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