Wednesday, May 10, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 10, 2017

Reuters: New South Korea president vows to address North Korea, broader tensions

South Korea's new liberal President Moon Jae-in was sworn in on Wednesday and vowed to immediately tackle the difficult tasks of addressing North Korea's advancing nuclear ambitions and soothing tensions with the United States and China.

Moon said in his first speech as president he would begin efforts to defuse security tensions on the Korean peninsula and negotiate with Washington and Beijing to ease a row over a U.S. missile defense system being deployed in the South.

In his first key appointments, Moon named two liberal veterans with ties to the "Sunshine Policy" of engagement with North Korea from the 2000s to the posts of prime minister and spy chief.

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Syria safe zones on hold amid concern over how deal will be enforced.

U.S. plans to directly arm Syria Kurds against Islamic State. Syria Kurds say US decision to arm them will hasten IS defeat.

Turkish foreign minister warns US arming of Syrian Kurds poses threat.

Battle for Mosul: 400k Iraqis displaced in two months.

Iraq captures west Mosul's al-Maamel industrial neighborhood.

Turkey's president raises tensions with criticism of Israel.

Yemen strongman Saleh open to negotiations with Saudi.

Cholera outbreak kills 34 people in Yemen as MSF calls for more aid.

Iran coal mine explosion death toll rises to 42.


New South Korean President Moon sworn in and willing to visit North Korea. South Korea's Moon Jae-in sworn in vowing to address North.

North Korea stays silent after South Korea presidential election.

North Korea 'not afraid' as it plans new nuclear test, says ambassador in UK.

Report: China may shut down bridge to North Korea.

90% of train operators to halt services in event of North Korean missile: survey.

China's President Xi says to uphold global climate deal.

Cambodia: Hun Sen threatens to wage 'war' on violent protesters.

Supporters of jailed Christian governor Ahok rally in Indonesia.


Thousands flee Congo conflict, swelling villages over border in Angola.

At least 13 killed in Somalia fighting.

South Sudan president replaces army chief.

Libya pumping most oil since 2014 even as dispute slows recovery.

Libya foreign minister names Khalifa Haftar army chief.

250 feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea.

Egypt's inflation hits three-decade high.


Macron presides over quickening collapse of French politics.

Trump's firing of FBI director 'domestic matter': Kremlin.

Kosovo government falls after losing no-confidence vote.

Ukraine police arrest dozens at tense Victory Day events.

US may send Patriot missile to Lithuania amid Moscow threat.

Protesters deploy tank against German-Turkish arms deal.

Russian opposition leader undergoes eye surgery after attack.


High tensions as Russian diplomat visits Washington. Russia's Lavrov meets Secretary Tillerson ahead of Trump talks.

CNN exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation.

Mexico's homicide rate now at level of armed conflict: Report.

Rocks, tear gas, petrol bombs… and poo? Venezuelan protests to take a messy turn.

Venezuela medical students' group treats injured protesters.

Venezuela military courts 'used against protesters'.

Brazilian city sees influx of indigenous Venezuelans fleeing crisis.

Brazil's ex-President Lula in court over corruption.


Notorious leader of Saharan al-Qaeda group loses power.

Al-Qaeda leader praises Syria White Helmets as “Hidden Soldiers of the Revolution”.

German police launch nationwide anti-terror raids.

'Jihad pills' found by Dutch and Italian police.


Trump will bring back ‘currency manipulator’ threat, unless China reins in North Korea.

$100 million homes sales hit record, with value sold topping $1.4 billion.

Amazon trounces rivals in battle of the shopping 'bots'.

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