Thursday, May 11, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 11, 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping by telephone at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea in this handout picture provided by the Presidential Blue House and released by Yonhap on May 11, 2017. Blue House/Yonhap via REUTERS

Reuters: South Korea urges 'parallel' talks and sanctions to rein in North Korea

South Korea's new president launched international efforts to defuse tension over North Korea's weapons development on Thursday, urging both dialogue and sanctions while also aiming to ease Chinese anger about a U.S. anti-missile system.

Moon Jae-in, a liberal former human rights lawyer, was sworn in on Wednesday and said in his first speech as president he would immediately address security tensions that have raised fears of war on the Korean peninsula.

Moon first spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and later to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with how to respond to North Korea's rapidly developing nuclear and ballistic missile programs, in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, dominating talks.

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Mosul battle will be finished within days - Iraqi army chief.

Islamic State collapses as military kills ISIS commander in West Mosul.

Iraq forces launch anti-IS push in western desert.

US-backed Syrian forces 'fully capture' Tabqa from ISIL.

UN in talks over control of Syria safe zones.

Turkey warns U.S. against arming 'terrorist' YPG rebels in Syria.

Trump to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at White House.

Suspected killer of Hamas commander arrested in Gaza Strip.


South Korea’s new President moves to soothe tensions with China. Hope for improved China, South Korea relations after leaders speak.

North Korea tied to cyberattacks on banks in 30 countries.

North Korea to seek extraditions over alleged Kim Jong-un assassination plot.

State Department tells Americans to stay away from North Korea.

China presses South Korea on Thaad missile system.

Philippine assault on extremists sends 24,000 fleeing.

Pakistan criticizes Iran for threatening cross-border military action.

Jose Ramos-Horta says new East Timorese president will push for new maritime boundary with Australia.

Thai authorities hunt 10 over bomb that injured 60: Military.


Somalia: Farmajo calls for arms' embargo end to defeat al-Shabab. Somalia asks world to help stabilise ravaged nation.

Egypt officials: Islamic extremists kill 10 Sinai tribesmen.

Uganda seeks $2 billion for South Sudan refugees at planned summit.

Ethnic violence, humanitarian crisis deepen in Congo: U.N..

Libya says its oil production tops 800,000 barrels per day.

Nigeria meningitis death toll tops 1,000.

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe 'not asleep just resting his eyes'.


Russia: 'Cautious optimism' after Trump-Lavrov meeting. Kremlin says 'too early' to speak of thaw in Russia-US ties.

French President-elect Macron's party preps reveal of candidates for parliamentary vote. Macron's party struggles to process candidates for parliamentary elections.

Angela Merkel hits campaign trail before crucial bellwether poll.

Austrian court jails Syrian man for war crimes over civil war killings.

Report: Italy investigating MSF's Mediterranean rescues.

Eurovision 2017: Russia's absence from contest leaves sour note.

Russian blogger sentenced for playing 'Pokemon Go' in cathedral.


James Comey urges FBI to maintain independence amid sacking fallout.

Flynn documents sought by Senate panel in Russia probe. Senate committee subpoenas Flynn for Russia documents.

Pro-Maduro militia suppress Venezuela democracy demos.

Brazil's ex-President Lula calls corruption trial a 'farce'.

Bahamas elects Hubert Minnis as new prime minister.

Colombia law gives former FARC rebels role in politics.

Mexico investigates video showing soldier 'killing' man.


Pentagon hackers infiltrated Islamic State accounts, changed passwords: Report.

US offers $10 million reward for Syria rebel leader.

AQAP leader calls for ‘simple’ attacks in the West.


OPEC wants 'collective efforts' to counter US oil output.

Boeing halts test flight of new plane.

European court aide rules Uber is a transport company.

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