Thursday, March 9, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 9, 2017

Reuters: Iraq aims to drive Islamic State from west Mosul within a month

Iraqi forces aim to dislodge Islamic State militants from west Mosul within a month, despite grueling urban combat in densely populated terrain, the head of the elite Counter Terrorism Service told Reuters on Thursday.

As Iraqi forces advance deeper into west Mosul, they are facing increasingly stiff resistance from Islamic State militants using suicide car bombs and snipers to defend their last major stronghold in Iraq.

Their operation to retake the eastern bank of the city, launched in mid-October with support from a U.S.-led coalition, took more than three months. The offensive to recapture west Mosul got underway less than three weeks ago.

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Turkey's Syria plans face setbacks as Kurds see more U.S. support.

U.S. Marines deployed to shoot artillery at Islamic State in Raqqa. US Marines deploy artillery battery to Syria.

Syria activists: Strikes kill at least 20 near IS stronghold.

Suspected coalition raids 'kill 23 civilians' in Syria.

UN: Up to 450,000 IDPs expected in cramped Mosul camps.

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura announces fifth round of Syria talks.

Turkey's PM: Up to Greek Cypriots to push peace talks on.

Iran's presence in Syrian blocks peace deal, Netanyahu tells Putin.

Putin urges Netanyahu to focus on present Iran ties.

Israeli Arab anger as parliament backs 'muezzin bill'.


Death toll from Kabul hospital attack rises to 49.

Myanmar violence: 20,000 people seek refuge in China.

U.N. urged to prepare North Korea case for alleged crimes against humanity.

North Korea sold nuclear material online, U.N. panel says.

Moscow warns THAAD deployment in South Korea may start regional arms race.

Kabul attack: Survivors recount carnage inside hospital as militants battled special forces.

Investigation into ISIL claim of Kabul hospital attack.

China urges US to stop hacking other countries following Vault 7 release.

Myanmar 'unlikely' to face UN probe on Rohingya abuses.

Two Malaysians leave N. Korea, nine more stranded in Kim murder row.

Samsung heir goes to court, denies bribing S. Korean president.


Libyan faction takes fight to eastern commander, exposes oil port defenses. Forces allied to Libya’s UN-backed government retake oil ports.

Smugglers kill at least 22 African migrants on Libya beach.

IOC cuts off funding to Kenya, suspension possible next week.

Famine-hit South Sudan hikes fees for work permits.

Recession-hit Nigeria details economic recovery plan.

South Africa asked to appear at ICC in April over Sudan's Bashir.

Algeria's ailing president Bouteflika doing 'very well'.


Merkel's conservatives, SPD neck-and-neck in poll.

Merkel tells Turkey to stop Nazi references; Turkey repeats comparison.

Hungary to arm new 'border hunters' after six-month crash course.

To Moscow, Trump's choice for envoy makes Russian thaw less likely.

US General says Russia has deployed banned missile.

Russia denies violating nuclear arms pact with US.

Russian destabilisation of Balkans rings alarm bells as EU leaders meet.

Donald Tusk re-elected as European Council president despite Poland's objections.

Poland threatens to derail EU summit over Donald Tusk re-election.

Merkel: 'Only if Europe is doing well, will Germany be doing well'.

Putin says he is looking forward to Angela Merkel’s visit. Putin tells German FM he wants better ties.

Scotland First Minister Sturgeon suggests 2018 for second independence vote.

In world first, Iceland to require firms to prove equal pay.

Balkans must join the EU eventually, European leaders say.


Canada tells U.S. commerce chief border tax would cause problems.

Trump assails CIA after hacking materials leak.

Trump on charm offensive with former rivals.

Hawaii becomes first state to sue over Trump's revised travel ban.

US hails '40% drop' in illegal immigrants from Mexico.

An outbreak in Brazil has U.S. health experts wondering if yellow fever could be the next Zika.

Bolivia to increase coca plant production.

Guatemala mourns after children's home fire kills 28 girls.

Haiti is ready for UN peacekeepers to leave soon.


U.S. to host 68-nation meeting on countering Islamic State.

Al Qaeda appeals for help to repel Houthis in central Yemen.

IS leader Baghdadi 'flees Mosul' as Iraqi forces advance.

Multi-nation patrol to target ISIL-linked Abu Sayyaf.

Air Force sends B-52s to fight ISIS.


China warns of 'trade war' if WTO ignored.

Oil prices slump amid ample supply, gold falls.

Oil falls to below $49 per barrel in selloff.

WikiLeaks will give tech companies exclusive access to CIA hacking tools - Assange (VIDEO). Wikileaks is offering tech firms CIA files first.

European Central Bank: Global politics now the bigger risk.

RadioShack files for bankruptcy, faces liquidation.

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