Wednesday, April 19, 2017

World News Briefs -- April 19, 2017

Reuters: Britain's May wins parliament's backing for June 8 snap election

Prime Minister Theresa May won parliament's backing for an early election on Wednesday, a vote she said would strengthen her hand in divorce talks with the European Union and help heal divisions in Britain.

May surprised allies and opponents on Tuesday when she announced her plan to bring forward an election that was not due until 2020, saying she needed to avoid a clash of priorities in the sensitive final stages of the two-year Brexit talks.

After addressing a rowdy session of the House of Commons, May won the support of 522 lawmakers in the 650-seat parliament for an election on June 8. Only 13 voted against.

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Syria evacuations resume after deadly bomb attack. Syria resumes reciprocal evacuations after deadly bombing.

U.S.-allied Syrian groups form civilian council to run Raqqa.

Trapped Mosul civilians could face worst catastrophe of Iraq conflict, U.N. warns.

Iraq says 'friendly' nations contacted over Qatari captives.

Australian medics treated Iraqis hit by Islamic State chemical attack, Defence says.

12 Saudi soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash.

US to review Iran sanctions relief.

Turkey's premier warns opposition against street protests. Opponents seek to annul Turkish vote as Erdogan's new powers become reality.

Turkish FM: Trump and Erdogan to meet in May. Trump promised Turkey's Erdogan close cooperation on Syria, Iraq, PKK: Turkish sources.


‘We are with you 100 per cent’: US Vice-President Mike Pence reassures Japan over North Korea during visit to Tokyo. Mike Pence: U.S. would defeat North Korea attacks against Japan.

North Korea warns 'thermonuclear war could break out at any moment'.

Kim Jong Un condemns Syria strikes, intensifies anti-U.S. propaganda.

North Korea tension: China 'seriously concerned' about nuclear threats.

28 heads of state confirm attendance at China’s belt and road summit next month. Most major Western leaders to skip China's New Silk Road summit.

Jakarta Governor Ahok heading for election loss.

New Zealand toughens requirements for skilled immigrants. New Zealand tightens immigration rules in 'Kiwi-first' crackdown.


Report: 669 killed in Ethiopia violence since August. Ethiopia rights body: 'More than 600 protest deaths'.

S Sudan refugees 'hold 13 UN staff hostage' in DRC camp. UN staff taken hostage by South Sudanese refugees released unharmed.

Another 17 mass graves found in central Congo, UN says.

One killed in Islamic State attack near monastery in Egypt. Police targeted near Egypt's St Catherine's Monastery.

Finding Chibok girls may take years, General warns.

Uganda ends hunt for LRA leader Joseph Kony.

Hundreds protest in Uganda capital against Chinese traders.


UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election.

UK snap elections do not affect Brexit timetable, says Germany.

Macron faces uncertain first round as French election hopefuls vie for last votes.

French police seize bomb-making materials after election plot arrests.

Russian agents kill 2 men suspected of plotting attacks.

Germany strengthens efforts to secure ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

Warsaw remembers ghetto uprising on 74th anniversary.


National security issues multiply for Trump.

Trump orders review of visa program to encourage hiring Americans.

Venezuela braces for the 'mother of all protests' as both sides call for rallies. Venezuelans gear up for major march against Maduro.

Venezuela rejects 'interference' of 'pathetic' Latin American countries.

Ecuador recount confirms LenĂ­n Moreno won presidential poll.

Colombia's armed groups sow seeds of new conflict as war with Farc ends.

These Americans moved to Canada for political reasons. They don't regret it.


Double threat? ISIS and Al Qaeda are in talks to join forces, Iraq's VP says.

Six al-Qaeda members killed in Yemen.

JNIM claims number of attacks across Mali.


IMF says global financial stability has improved.

China, EU keen to push message of free trade, engagement.

Zuckerberg addresses 'Facebook killing'.

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