Friday, March 3, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 3, 2017

Reuters: China hints at trade war strategy in South Korea standoff

South Korean firms are being squeezed in China, in suspected retaliation for Seoul's deployment of a U.S. missile defense system, highlighting the tools China can deploy to hit back at the corporate interests of trade partners it disagrees with.

The chill facing Korea Inc, from cosmetics and supermarket chains to autos and tourism, points to a potential risk for American companies, amid a more confrontational stance taken by new U.S. President Donald Trump

In China, state media and grassroots political groups have led angry calls to boycott popular Korean products. Photos on social media and local news websites showed crowds vandalizing a Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) car, and some Chinese tourism firms moved to cancel Korean tours.

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Palmyra: Russia-backed Syria army retakes ancient city.

Russia's General Staff reveals details of Palmyra operation.

Syrian delegation: Opposition holding Geneva talks 'hostage Syria peace talks inch forward under diplomatic pressure.

Thousands flee Iraq's Mosul overnight, as fighting rages on.

Rival Kurdish groups clash in Iraq's Sinjar region.

Yemen officials see latest US strikes as sustained operation.

Turkish foreign minister accuses Germany of double standards. Tunisia, Germany announce new immigration deal.


China says Dalai Lama border visit would damage India ties.

ASIO warns tourists and expats of terrorist threat in South-East Asia.

China's economic concerns mount as thousands gather for congress.

China congress: BBC team forced to sign confession.

Beijing to restrict tourism to South Korea amid THAAD protests.

UN raises concerns over abuses, torture in Sri Lanka.

Malaysia deports North Korean man released because of insufficient evidence in murder of Kim Jong Nam.


Multiple blasts rock Nigerian city: emergency service.

UN Security Council begins Africa trip focused on Boko Haram.

Morocco boasts success fighting terrorism.

East Libyan forces clash with rivals near oil ports: officials.

Hosni Mubarak acquitted in final ruling on killings during 2011 Arab Spring uprising in Egypt.

Zimbabwe floods killed 246, made thousands homeless.

Zimbabwe journalists arrested over Mugabe health report.


Fillon faces growing pressure to step down as backers quit campaign. France election: New blow for Fillon as spokesman quits.

Theresa May: Scotland's government 'obsessed' with independence. PM Theresa May comes out fighting for United Kingdom. British PM May says preserving union a prime goal.

EU Parliament calls for end to visa-free travel for U.S. citizens. EU must reintroduce visas for US citizens, say European lawmakers.

Nearly 1,000 refugees rescued in Mediterranean.

‘Don’t feed the migrants’: Calais mayor bans charities from distributing food to prevent new Jungle.

Greece seeks France's help on bailout, eyes 2017 bond 'test'.

Women 'weaker, less intelligent' - Polish MEP Korwin-Mikke.

First results in Northern Ireland Assembly election.

Merkel 'plans US meeting with Trump mid-March'.


Trump labels Democrats criticism of Sessions a 'witch hunt'.

Donald Trump's Vice-President Mike Pence used private email while governor and was hacked.

Press coverage of Trump in first month of office: 88 percent ‘hostile,’ says new study.

Brazil lower house to vote on pension reform in late April: speaker.

MS-13 gang accused of New York murders.

Venezuela's epileptic patients struggle with seizures amid drug shortage.

Canada officials say they are 'monitoring' the influx.


Yemen: US air strikes 'target al-Qaeda' for second consecutive day. 8 Qaeda killed in second day of US strikes: Yemeni officials.

US tries to ID hundreds of al Qaeda contacts thanks to Yemen raid.

Taliban say senior commander dies in suspected US strike.


Yellen to speak after Fed officials hint rate hike is near.

NBCUniversal invested $500 million in Snap Inc as part of IPO.

Bitcoin value tops price of gold ounce for first time.

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