Thursday, April 6, 2017

World News Briefs -- April 6, 2017

Washington Post: At Mar-a-Lago, Trump welcomes China’s Xi for first summit

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here Thursday to a red-carpet welcome to kick off his two-day summit with President Trump, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson promised a “very frank discussion” on North Korea, trade and cyberhacking.

Tillerson and his wife Renda St. Clair greeted Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan at the airport, and the couples strode past a ceremonial military guard before the Chinese leader entered his limousine.

Speaking to reporters a short time later, Tillerson said the Trump administration would exchange “candid views” on trade and press for China to “find ways to exercise influence on North Korea’s actions to dismantle their nuclear weapons and their missile technology program.”

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Pressure builds on Syria's Assad after chemical attack.

'Something should happen' says Trump after Syria gas-attack atrocity as his secretary of state reveals plans for international coalition to topple Assad

Syrian gas attack: US warns all options on table as Russia, Syria slammed at UN. US hints at military action to retaliate against Assad.

US-backed fighters lay siege to Islamic State-held town.

Israel sunk in 'incremental tyranny', say former Shin Bet chiefs.

Israeli soldier killed in 'car attack' near Ramallah.

Hamas executes three Palestinian 'collaborators'.

Crackdown hits Dutch dual citizens in Turkey.


Trump, Xi start first high-stakes meeting. Trump, China's Xi meet as trade, North Korea issues loom.

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping to talk North Korea, South China Sea at Florida meeting.

North Korea issues warning to 'culprit' United States.

US confident it can thwart N.Korean missiles: US general.

U.S., South Korea: Strong response to North Korea needed.

Trump to Japan: 'All options on table' for North Korea.

Philippines' Duterte orders occupation of isles in disputed South China Sea. South China Sea: Duterte orders Philippines military to occupy islands.

China fighter plane spotted on South China Sea island: think tank.

Aung San Suu Kyi: No ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslim minority.

Thai king signs military-backed constitution.


Somalia leader declares country a 'war zone'. Al-Shabab fighters offered amnesty as new Somali president declares war.

At least 19 people killed by land mine in Somalia.

15 Burkina troops jailed over arms depot raid.

4 killed as Libyan coastguard battles people-smugglers.

The Gambia elects parliamentarians in historic poll.

Cholera stalks 'refugee islands' in swamplands of South Sudan.

South African ministers sacked by Zuma resign as ANC lawmakers.


Tillerson, Russia's Lavrov spoke about Syria poison gas attack.

May tells Tusk that UK will not budge on Gibraltar during Brexit talks.

NATO calls on Russia to stop violence in Ukraine.

Thousands gather in Moscow to pay tribute to St Petersburg victims.

Russia bans images of Putin linked to 'gay clown' meme.

Putin’s ex-wife returns to the spotlight with a dashing young husband and a fancy French villa.

Eight suspects detained over St. Petersburg metro bombing.

European Parliament approves visa-free travel for Ukrainians.


Senate goes 'nuclear' to advance Trump Supreme Court pick.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes recuses himself from Russia probe. Ethics panel opens investigation into Nunes.

US states challenge Trump with climate lawsuit.

Protesters clash with security forces in Caracas.

Colombia and ELN in talks to end 52 years of war.

Argentina's Buenos Aires deserted in general strike. Nationwide strikes paralyze Argentina.

Number of missing people in Mexico rises to 30,000 by end-2016.

Brazil's high court rules police strikes unconstitutional.

Mock explosive device found in Chicago-bound suitcase at Toronto airport.


US conducts more than 20 airstrikes in 2 days against al-Qaida in Yemen.

EU to toughen up external border security in its fight against terrorism.

U.S.-educated Islamic State propagandist killed in Syria.

Australia warns of possible Gallipoli terror attack.


Wall Street posts slight gain, investors anxious on Trump-Xi meet.

Facebook announces crackdown on revenge porn on main site, Messenger and Instagram platforms.

Twitter sues U.S. to block unmasking of anti-Trump user.

Russian Economy Ministry expects oil prices to drop to $40 per barrel.

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