Monday, March 6, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 6, 2017

The Independent: Iraqi troops face heaviest clashes with Isis in Mosul as thousands continue to flee

More than 40,000 people have been displaced from the city in the last week

Iraqi troops have encountered the heaviest clashes yet with Isis fighters in western Mosul since the start of the new push more than two weeks ago.

Major General Haider al-Maturi of the Federal Police Commandos Division said that Isis fighters dispatched at least six suicide car bombs, which were all destroyed before reaching the troops. The militants, he said, are moving from house to house and deploying snipers.

The wave of heavy resistance comes as Iraqi forces launched attacks against Isis-held neighbourhoods in western Mosul from three points. The Federal Police are closing in on the city's main government complex in the Dawasa neighborhood and Iraq's special forces are attempting to push into the Shuhada and Mansour neighbourhoods.

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U.S.-backed Syrian militia captures key road out of Raqqa. SDF forces 'cut key road' out of ISIL-held Raqqa.

US troops spotted in armored convoy near Manbij, Syria (VIDEO).

UN says 66,000 displaced in northern Syria.

Turkish President Erdogan compares German rally ban to 'Nazi practices'. Merkel calls for calm over 'Nazi' accusations amid strained German-Turkish relations.

22 Yemeni rebels killed in strikes, clashes: officials.

Bahrain moves to ban opposition party and let army courts try civilians.

Jordan executes 15 prisoners, 10 convicted of terror charges.

Netanyahu to meet Putin, says Iran seeks permanent foothold in Syria.

Israeli Cabinet approves decriminalization of marijuana.


Security, rebels clash near Mynamar-China border; 30 dead. Myanmar rebel clashes in Kokang leave 30 dead.

Clashes on Pakistan-Afghanistan border kill 15. Five Pakistani soldiers killed in Taliban attack at Afghanistan border.

Future of South China Sea disputes depends on Washington, says China’s legislature spokeswoman.

Premier Li Keqiang stresses party unity at National People's Congress gathering in Beijing.

China's Communist billionaires accused of getting richer, faster, while GDP slows.

China cuts growth target to 6.5% this year - Premier Li Keqiang.

UN report shows North Korea using Africa to slip sanctions.

Kim Jong-nam killing: N Korea expels Malaysian ambassador.

Philippines police officer admits to 200 killings while Duterte was mayor.


Soldiers killed in Mali attack as violence surges. Suspected jihadists attack Mali military position; 12 dead.

Factions fight for two Libyan oil terminals.

Kenyan forces battle al Shabaab militants in Somalia.

110 die of hunger in two days in one region of Somalia.

UN team urges probe of South Sudan abuses.

Zimbabwe state doctors end crippling strike.

UK urges Kenya to 'restore law and order' after shooting of British rancher.


Juppé says he will not replace Fillon in French presidential race. Ex-French PM Alain Juppe says he won't run for presidency amid Fillon controversy.

Kremlin stresses Moscow not involved in Washington's internal affairs. Kremlin: Trump's wiretap claim purely a "domestic issue".

Ukraine conflict: Russia accused of terrorism and discrimination at ICJ. Ukraine-Russia conflict comes before International Court of Justice. Ukraine v. Russia: A potential game-changing lawsuit comes before the ICJ.

Despite Brexit, France wants to include UK in European defense efforts.

Poland aims to thwart Tusk bid for new term as EU leader.

Greek economy suffers setback ending 2016 worse than expected.


Trump signs new travel ban aimed at withstanding challenges. Trump to lift travel ban for Iraq in new executive order, White House official says.

FBI director challenges Trump claims over Obama wiretapping – reports.

U.S. Republicans expected to unveil healthcare bill this week.

White House's Navarro: trade deficit threat to national security.

Canada: No plans to clamp down at border to deter migrants. 'Swiss cheese border': Canadian border patrol union calls for hundreds more workers as it struggles to cope with wave of immigrants fleeing to the country on foot from Trump's America.

Mexico opens migrant defense centers at U.S. consulates.

Castro slams Trump's policies as 'egotistical' and 'irrational'.


Accused Qaeda operative faces U.S. trial, despite refusal to appear.

FBI probes involve 300 people admitted to U.S. as refugees -congressional sources.

Trump adopts new strategy to counter terrorism in Yemen. Trump orders counterterrorism expansion in Yemen.


Trump tweets hurt global stocks, dollar gains.

Wall Street slips on wiretap accusation, geopolitical worries.

China unseats eurozone as world’s largest banking system.

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