Friday, April 14, 2017

World News Briefs -- April 14, 2017 (Evening Edition)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cuts the ribbon during an opening ceremony of a newly constructed residential complex in Ryomyong street in Pyongyang, North Korea April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Reuters: China says North Korea tension has to be stopped from reaching 'irreversible' stage

China said on Friday tension over North Korea had to be stopped from reaching an "irreversible and unmanageable stage" as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed toward the region amid fears the North may conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test.

Concern has grown since the U.S. Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week in response to a deadly gas attack, raising questions about U.S. President Donald Trump's plans for North Korea, which has conducted missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. and unilateral sanctions.

The United States has warned that a policy of "strategic patience" is over. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to South Korea on Sunday on a long-planned 10-day trip to Asia.

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Russia, Iran warn US against new Syria attacks. Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US.

Syria war: Evacuations begin in besieged towns. Syrian regime begins evacuating more than 30,000 'starving' people from besieged rebel-held towns under prisoner exchange deal.

Assad comments on chemical attack '100% lies': French FM.

Iraqi Christians return to ransacked town with fear and hope.

More than 20 inmates escape in Yemen prison break.

Iran's Rouhani registers to run for re-election.

Jerusalem stabbing: British woman killed in train attack.

Activist demands Iran Olympics ban over 'sexual apartheid'.


Russia, Chinese foreign ministers discuss Syria, Korean peninsula.

Afghanistan says massive US bomb killed 36 militants.

Trump strategy on NKorea: 'Maximum pressure and engagement'.

Vice President Pence heads to Seoul as North Korea tensions flare.

North Korean official blames Trump for rising tensions, says situation is in a 'vicious cycle'. N. Korean official: Ready for war if Trump wants it.

North Korea vows to launch 'preemptive strike' in case of any US 'provocation'.

Nuclear tests and preemptive strikes: fears grow over North Korea escalation. North Korea nuclear: China fears 'conflict at any moment'. Chinese foreign minister: No winners if Korea war breaks out.

US-North Korea tensions: Japan discussing evacuation plan for citizens in South Korea.

Russia hosts regional consultations on Afghanistan. US skips out on Afghanistan-Taliban conference in Moscow.

Pakistan shootout leaves 3 soldiers, 10 militants dead.

Pakistan says Indian spy facing death has right to appeal.


Exclusive: With Nigeria's northeast facing famine, WFP funds could dry up in weeks – sources.

Guinea Bissau president's critic beaten up, his group says.

Libyan rivals clash in neglected south.

8 police officers killed by unknown gunmen in Tanzania.

UNICEF: Africa Terror group Boko Haram using more children for suicide attacks.

Nigeria marks three years of mass schoolgirl kidnap.

Congo: Suspect arrested in deaths of 2 UN investigators.

Ivory Coast conflict: Gbagbo ally jailed over Novotel hotel murders. 6 convicted in Ivory Coast hotel kidnappings, deaths.

Egypt Coptic Church cuts back Easter celebrations after attacks.

Egypt lawyer sentenced to ten years in prison over Facebook post.


More than 2,000 migrants rescued in dramatic day in Mediterranean. Frenzied rescues in Med save over 2,000 migrants.

French presidential race tightens further as vote nears.

Le Pen criticizes Trump for changing his mind on NATO.

Kremlin says leaders of Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine to hold talks soon.

Kosovo says it uncovered attack plans against leaders.

Montenegro charges 14 over alleged plot to oust PM. 14 people, including 2 Russians, charged with attempted coup in Montenegro.

Chechens tell of prison beatings and electric shocks in anti-gay purge: ‘They called us animals’. Kremlin: no confirmed info on claimed Chechen gay killings.

Russia pulls out of Eurovision after singer barred from Ukraine.


Trump White House will no longer publicly identify visitors: reports.

Officials: No need for Trump's approval to use massive bomb.

FBI director delivers warning on the spread of fake news.

US prosecutors are geared to target border crossers.

US immigration crackdown heats up for border crossers and tech workers.

States fear trade war with Mexico.

Mexican authorities arrest fifth suspect in 2010 murder of Border Patrol agent.

US, Mexico hunt corrupt, drug-pushing officials.

Brazil's Temer calls $40 million Odebrecht bribe accusation 'a lie'.

Ecuador to partially recount presidential vote after challenge.

Canada introduces long-awaited legislation to fully legalise marijuana.


German police arrest three suspected of helping plan Islamist attack: magazine.

Islamic State’s lone-wolf tactics inspire al Qaeda’s most dangerous threat to West.

EU faces ‘disaster’ if 5,000 jihadists return home, Syrian deputy FM warns.

Man arrested after Borussia Dortmund attack 'led Isis unit in Iraq'. Suspect in Stockholm attack that killed 4 & injured 15 is ISIS member – Uzbekistan FM.


Uber's revenue hits $6.5 billion in 2016, still makes large loss.

Apple gets permit to test self-driving cars.

Strong US dollar a threat to Trump campaign pledges.

U.S. business wary of skin-deep results from Trump-Xi trade talks.

Tesla will unveil electric lorry in September.

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