Wednesday, April 26, 2017

World News Briefs -- April 26, 2017

BBC: North Korea tensions: US ready to 'bring Kim Jong-un to his senses'

The US military's top commander in the Pacific has said an advanced missile defence system in South Korea aims bring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "to his senses, not to his knees".

Adm Harry Harris, head of US Pacific Command, told Congress the US would be ready "with the best technology" to defeat any North Korean missile threat.

The US has also deployed warships and a submarine to the Korean peninsula.

China argues that the US Thaad missile system will destabilise security.

Tensions have been rising amid fears North Korea could be planning further missile or nuclear tests.

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

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.

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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.


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 .


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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