Tuesday, March 7, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 7, 2017

Reuters: North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in 'diplomatic meltdown'

North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country on Tuesday, sparking tit-for-tat action by Malaysia, as police investigating the murder of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur sought to question three men hiding in the North Korean embassy.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak accused North Korea of "effectively holding our citizens hostage" and held an emergency meeting of his National Security Council.

The United Nations called for calm between Malaysia and North Korea and urged them to settle their differences through "established diplomatic practice."

The moves underscored the dramatic deterioration in ties with one of North Korea's few friends outside China since the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13.

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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.

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 advances on IS-held water supplies for Aleppo - monitor, military source.

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


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.


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 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.


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

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

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.


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.


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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