Tuesday, March 7, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 7, 2017 (Evening Edition)



Reuters: WikiLeaks says it releases files on CIA cyber spying tools

Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks on Tuesday published what it said were thousands of pages of internal CIA discussions about hacking techniques used over several years, renewing concerns about the security of consumer electronics and embarrassing yet another U.S. intelligence agency.

The discussion transcripts showed that CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc iPhones, Google Inc Android devices and other gadgets in order to capture text and voice messages before they were encrypted with sophisticated software.

Cyber security experts disagreed about the extent of the fallout from the data dump, but said a lot would depend on whether WikiLeaks followed through on a threat to publish the actual hacking tools that could do damage.

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MIDDLE EAST

2,100 Iran fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: official.

Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs weigh anti-IS steps.

Battle for Mosul: Iraqi forces report retaking government complex from Islamic State fighters. Iraqi forces storm Mosul government complex, hoist flag.

Iraq welcomes removal from revised U.S. travel ban.

Iraq PM Abadi to visit White House this month.

Syria forces quietly take up buffer between Kurds, Turks.

Ceasefire announced in Syria's Eastern Ghouta: Russia.

Syrian militia says Manbij under protection of U.S.-led alliance.

Syrian army captures water station supplying Aleppo from Islamic State.

Iran rejects US moves to seize 9/11 compensation money.

Trump administration pledges 'great strictness' on Iran nuclear deal.

Rouhani talks rights as Iran election nears, critic attacks him on economy.

ASIA

Tillerson traveling to Asia next week to discuss NKorea.

U.S. tells China that anti-missile system in South Korea not a threat to China.

N. Korea bans Malaysians from leaving in row over Kim Jong Nam killing. North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in 'diplomatic meltdown'.

US deploys missile defense in S. Korea despite Russia, China opposition. US moves parts of controversial missile defense to SKorea.

Trump warns of 'dire consequences' for North Korea missile launch.

Abe says latest North Korean missile launch represents ‘new level of threat’.

One company is bearing the brunt of China's anger over U.S. missile system.

China calls for ceasefire as thousands flee Myanmar border town.

Afghan fighting pressures hospitals, clinics: children's rights group.

Pakistan temporarily reopens border with Afghanistan.

Philippines moves to restore death penalty for drug offenses.

AFRICA

Polisario blames Morocco for UN W.Sahara envoy leaving.

Libya's eastern parliament quits UN peace deal with Tripoli.

Violence in Niger displaces Malian refugees.

NATO allies fret over security of Libya's oil.

UN chief Guterres in Somalia to discuss famine threat. UN chief: World must act to avert famine in Somalia. UN chief urges 'massive response' to avert Somali famine.

Egyptians protest over new bread subsidies system.

Kenyan government orders striking doctors to resume work.

Nigeria: ‘Wrong coordinates’ cause of deadly Rann bombing.

Tunisia PM hails Ben Guerdane battle as 'turning point'.

EUROPE

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says ‘emotional extremism' is harming US-Russian relations.

Ukraine foreign minister urges continued sanctions on Russia.

Fran├žois Fillon in fresh controversy over 'failure to declare €50,000 loan'.

Sinn Fein cut short negotiations to save power-sharing in Northern Ireland, accusing British government of 'waffling'.

UK's May defeated as lawmakers demand power to reject final Brexit terms.

Europe court backs Belgium's rejection of visa to Syrians.

Hungary passes law to move all asylum seekers to border camps.

Majority of French voters mistrust Le Pen's National Front: poll.

Merkel backs idea of 'multispeed Europe' at Versailles meet.

Germany urges EU to rally behind Poland's Tusk for top job.

Court rejects Syrian refugee's case against Facebook.

Protesters block courthouse after Ukrainian tax boss accused of embezzling millions.

AMERICAS

WikiLeaks reveals CIA trove alleging wide-scale hacking.

State Department hold first news briefing of Trump era.

Trump backs House Republican healthcare plan, aims to cut drug prices.

U.S. Senate Democrats make Trump tax returns a national security issue.

Canada weighs chances of surge in asylum-seekers from U.S..

Mexico worried by U.S. plan to separate mothers and kids - foreign ministry.

Immigration from Mexico could soon plummet — even without a border wall.

Peru recalls ambassador in Caracas amid diplomatic spat.

In Mexico, deadly turf war erupts in vacuum left by ‘El Chapo’.

Brazil's recession worst on record.

Panama ex-dictator Noriega in critical condition after surgery.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Islamic State attack on Saudi royals foiled, Malaysian police say.

Former Guantanamo inmate killed in US strike in Yemen.

U.S. ramps up campaign against AQAP in Yemen.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Pharma, bank stocks pull Wall Street lower.

Boeing developing new mid-range plane to rival Airbus.

China's ZTE pleads guilty, settles with U.S. over Iran, North Korea sales.

Facebook wins case against refugee in Merkel selfie.

US trade deficit in January largest since 2012.

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