Friday, April 14, 2017

World News Briefs -- April 14, 2017

Foreign Ministers, Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran attend a news conference in Moscow © Grigory Sisoev / Sputnik

RUDAW: Russia, Iran, Syria jointly condemn US' unilateral missile strikes in Syria

Meeting in Moscow, foreign ministers from Russia, Iran and Syria jointly condemned last week’s unilateral US missile strikes against Shayrat air base less than a day after the US and Turkish defense ministers called for the focus in Syria to remain on countering ISIS.

"This is an act of aggression and major violation of the international law and UN Charter," the host FM Sergey Lavrov said, according to Russian state TASS news. "We urge the US and their allies to respect Syria’s sovereignty."

The Iran FM questioned the United States’ bias in participating in follow-up investigations.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


FBI director delivers warning on the spread of fake news.

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.


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.


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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