Thursday, April 27, 2017

World News Briefs -- April 27, 2017

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made available on April 26, 2017. KCNA/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: China warned North Korea of sanctions after any nuclear test: Tillerson

China has told the Trump administration it warned North Korea it would impose unilateral sanctions should Pyongyang carry out another nuclear test, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, in possibly China's toughest threat yet against its defiant neighbor.Tillerson, speaking on Fox News, said China has asked North Korea not to conduct any more nuclear tests. He noted that major commemorations in North had passed in recent days without a feared nuclear test or test of any intercontinental ballistic missile.

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Iraq four neighborhoods away from fully capturing west Mosul.

Deadly air strikes target rebel-held Idlib in Syria.

Syria war: 'Israeli strike' hits military site near Damascus airport. Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war.

Syria war: Israel Patriot missile downs 'target' over Golan.

Gulf Arab royals meet in Saudi capital to unify Iran stance. Gulf states reject 'terror' and 'interference'.

Two Saudi soldiers killed patrolling Yemen border.

Iran border guards killed by Sunni militants on Pakistan border.

Palestinian Authority to stop funding Gaza electricity. Rights group fears Gaza fuel 'catastrophe'.

Turkish referendum on Erdogan powers passed by 51.4 percent: final figures.


North Korea declares 'we will NEVER stop nuclear and missile tests as long as America continues its hostile acts of aggression'.

North Korea elites see 'ineffective leader' in Kim Jong Un.

China welcomes U.S. saying it is open to talks on North Korea.

North Korea crisis: Putin and Abe call for talks.

Two Americans killed in IS Afghan raid.

Three Indian soldiers, two 'rebels' killed in Kashmir.

Philippines' Duterte says helpless against China.


EU skeptical over Libyan plan to stop migrant flow.

Number of Ethiopians needing food aid surges to 7.7 million due to drought.

Over 95,000 S.Sudanese fled to Sudan in 2017: UN.

Court upholds life sentence of Chad's Hissene Habre.

Somali pirate gets life in prison for attack on US Navy ship.

Kenya's Odinga to run for presidency under opposition coalition.

No need to worry about health of Nigeria's Buhari: spokesman.

Pope to visit Egypt as Copts face Islamic State campaign.


Macedonia: protesters storm parliament and attack MPs. Macedonia parliament stormed by protesters in Skopje. Protesters attack Macedonian lawmakers after leadership vote.

Macedonia's president calls for calm, summons political leaders for meeting, after violence in parliament.

Merkel warns against British 'illusions' as Brexit negotiations begin.

Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team bans Russian news outlets from events. Moscow outraged by Macron team’s refusal to give accreditation to Russian media.

Russia opposition leader Alexei Navalny attacked with "brilliant green" dye. Russian police raid opposition office.

‘Wishful thinking’: Kremlin dismisses reports of Putin-Trump meeting in May.

Albanian Parliament fails to elect president for 3rd time.

Germany to ban civil servants, judges, soldiers from wearing full-face veil.


Donald Trump's North Korea strategy flags tougher sanctions, senators report little change in approach.

U.S. House may vote within days on tighter North Korea sanctions.

Trump says he reversed major NAFTA decision after pleas from Mexico, Canada.

Pentagon launches probe into Trump's ex-security adviser Flynn over foreign funds.

'Venezuela is a mess,' says Trump.

Venezuela to withdraw from 'shameful' OAS.

Asylum-seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canada’s courts.


Isis faces exodus of foreign fighters as its 'caliphate' crumbles .

Armed British police arrest man with knives near May's office. Did 'Westminster attacker's' family tip off security services? Police foil ANOTHER outrage outside Parliament after armed cops 'swarm like bees' to tackle man with 'rucksack full of knives'.

Suspected U.S. drone strike targets Pakistani Taliban militants: regional official.


How major US stock market indexes fared on Thursday.

United Airlines to offer up to $10,000 for passengers to give up seats.

Oil prices continue to slide on growing global oversupply.

Facebook steps up fight on state-led propaganda.

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