Wednesday, April 26, 2017

World News Briefs -- April 26, 2017 (Evening Edition)

A U.S. military commander (R) walks with a commander (C) from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as they inspect the damage at YPG headquarters after it was hit by Turkish airstrikes in Mount Karachok near Malikiya, Syria. REUTERS/ Rodi Said

Reuters: Turkish army, Kurdish militia exchange fire across Syria border

Turkey's military outposts on the border with Syria came under fire from Kurdish militia across the frontier, the army said on Wednesday, a day after Turkish warplanes bombed groups in northeastern Syria and Iraq affiliated to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Four outposts of the Turkish army along the Syria border were attacked on Wednesday with artillery and mortar shells, the army said.

Three of the attacks were carried out from territory held by the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG militia, while the other originated from a region under the control of the Syrian government. There were no casualties but minor material damage.

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Turkey says US, Russia informed of strikes on Kurd militia.

Turkey air strikes on Kurds in Syria and Iraq spark US concern. Turkish jets strike Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq's Sinjar.

Iraqi forces seize ancient site of Hatra from IS.

Iraqi troops capture largest neighborhood in western Mosul. Iraqi troops capture largest neighborhood in western Mosul.

Syrian government made Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun, France says. France: Assad government behind chemical attack.

U.S. Navy's USS Mahan has close encounter with Iranian ship.

Iran's Khamenei says next president should be less engaged with West.

Saudi fire stops 'rebel boat bomb' from Yemen.

U.N. conference seeks $2.1B for Yemen humanitarian aid.

UN eyes new Yemen peace talks by end of May.

Hamas in Gaza says it won't be cowed by Abbas' threats.

Turkey arrests a thousand police accused of links to US-based cleric Gulen. Turkey arrests 1,000 in raids targeting Gulen suspects.

Israel says it uncovered planned mass cyber attacks.


Bangladesh to build hundreds of mosques with Saudi cash.

China urges end to US-S.Korea military exercises.

North Korea performs live-fire drill on military anniversary as US solidifies Peninsula presence.

U.S. sends THAAD system to South Korean site in move blasted by presidential front-runner Moon.

China demands South Korea remove THAAD defense system. China urges withdrawal of US missile defence system in South Korea.

Residents of China fear radiation from North Korea nuclear tests.

Air China to resume flights to Pyongyang after three-week suspension.

Afghan official: Taliban kill 8 police in northern province.

India Maoist attack survivor recalls ordeal.

India struggles to fend off Maoist menace.

India bans social media in Kashmir amid violent unrest.


Egypt's Sisi to accept courts' decision on island transfers.

20 killed in clashes in DR Congo's Kasai region: UN.

South Sudan forces launch new offensive: UN.

US forces to pull out of CAR amid ongoing hunt for Kony.

New South Sudan fighting displaces 25,000 people

Anti-terrorism laws have ‘chilling effect’ on vital aid deliveries to Somalia .

Smugglers become lifeline for the starving in South Sudan.

Ethiopia enters its seventh month of emergency rule.

Court upholds treason charges against Zambia's opposition leader .

South Africa's nuclear deals unlawful, court rules.

Tanzania expels UNDP head Awa Dabo.


U.S., European military chiefs call for better data-sharing against terrorism.

France election: Macron heckled by pro-Le Pen workers. Le Pen upstages Macron in battle for blue-collar votes.

British PM May's Conservatives take 23 point poll lead, matching Thatcher landslide: Ipsos MORI.

Austria interior minister Sobotka calls for indefinite extension of border controls .

Ukraine cuts electricity to rebel areas, Russia steps in.

Lavrov warns of consequences in deploying US global missile defense system.

Poll: Increasing number of Russians see inequality between poor, rich.

EU launches legal action against Hungary over education law. Hungary education law: EU to take legal action amid university row.


Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea .

Trump proposes major tax cuts, 15% corporate rate.

Donald Trump invites entire Senate to White House for North Korea briefing.

Canada says ready to come to NAFTA talks 'at any time'.

Nafta report sends Peso reeling.

White House readies order on withdrawing from NAFTA.

Three more shot dead in Venezuela amid protests; 24 total killed. Venezuela anti-government protesters paralyse major roads as more die.

Venezuela threatens to withdraw from OAS. UPDATE: Venezuela says it will initiate its withdrawal from the Organization of American States .

Mexico talks tough to Trump as border wall funding appears to stall.

Gunmen possibly make off with millions in deadly Paraguay heist.

For first time, more L.A. residents believe new riots likely, new poll finds.


IS using weaponised drones to defend Syria's Tabqa: monitor.

ISIS leaders ‘negotiate merger’ with other terrorist groups – FSB head . Militants have de-facto created new global terrorist network - Russian FSB.

Russian General Staff: West ignores Moscow’s offers to pool efforts to fight terror.

Stampeding wild boars kill 3 Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Trump pick for CIA's top lawyer weighs in on interrogations .


Twitter gets lift from uptick in user numbers.

Trump administration to unveil tax plan with big cuts for business.

Death of giant rabbit adds to United Airlines woes.

US to enter LNG global export market with Golden Pass.

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