Sunday, May 14, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 14, 2017

ABC News Online: Ransomware cyberattack: More than 200,000 victims affected, fears number could grow

Friday's cyberattack hit 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries, the head of the European Union's police agency says, adding he fears the number will grow when people return to work on Monday and switch on their computers.

The warning was issued after Britain announced 97 per cent of the country's health service trusts were "working as normal".

But Europol Director Rob Wainwright said he feared the attack was not over and that the number of attacks would continue to grow.

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Iraqi forces attack Islamic State in Mosul as battle approaches endgame. Iraqi forces push toward ISIL's 'last pocket' in Mosul.

Syrian Democratic Forces close in on ISIL in Raqqa.

13,000 refugees flee Daesh-controlled parts of Syria Raqqa province in 2 Days.

1,500 evacuate rebel-held Damascus district. Rebels to leave Qaboun as army advances in Damascus. Over 1,500 rebels, families evacuate devastated Damascus district.

Hunger and fear in Syria's Tabqa after IS defeat.

Hassan Rouhani's attacks on rivals for president cross Iran's red lines. Iran's Khatami urges voters to re-elect Rouhani as president.

Iran quake causes heavy casualties and damage: state media. Deadly earthquake hits Iran's North Khorasan province.

ICRC: Cholera kills 115 people in Yemen from late April to May. 115 dead as Yemen cholera outbreak spreads.


India skips China's Silk Road summit, warns of 'unsustainable' debt.

Putin, Xi Jinping voice concern over escalating situation on Korean peninsula.

Official: North Korea open to US talks under conditions.

Donald Trump says he 'can't imagine Russia is pleased' as North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan.

Trump weighs further US troops for Afghanistan.

China, Philippines to start South China Sea talks: ambassador.

China deploys new aircraft to South China Sea As U.S allies get nervous.

Anti-Chinese remarks by Muslim hardliner in Indonesia slammed.

Myanmar army allegedly left Rohingya refugees with bullet wounds and burns.

Nepal holds first local election in 20 years.


Ivory Coast army mutiny enters third day.

Christian militias renew attack on U.N. base in Central African Republic.

Egyptian colonel killed in bomb attack on armored vehicle.

Egypt calls for lifting of arms embargo on Libya.

1‚000% increase in terrorism activity in Africa since 2006.

Thousands protest Tunisia's corruption amnesty bill.

Sacked South Sudan army chief returns to Juba.

Western envoys shun Qatar event attended by Sudan's Bashir.

Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of the Congo after three die.


France inaugurates new president: Emmanuel Macron, 39. France's Macron pledges to overcome division in society.

French PM to be appointed on Monday, new government on Tuesday: source.

Tillerson: Current US-Russia relations are 'not healthy for the world'.

Ukraine: Four killed in artillery shelling in Avdiyivka.

Britain is gearing up for EU rows, Brexit minister says.

Scotland needs choice on independence at end of Brexit: Sturgeon.

Germany, Italy float EU mission to stop migrants in southern Libya.

US to draft proposals to settle situation with Russian diplomats — Zakharova.

Austria could see election 'in autumn' after coalition ends. Austria heads for snap election as coalition shatters.

Great Baltic Wall: Latvia seeks to build giant fence along border with Belarus.

Italy rescues 484 migrants in Mediterranean, finds seven bodies.

Costa Concordia captain jailed for his role in the 2012 shipwreck which killed 32 people.


Trump, irked at cabinet and staff, mulls sweeping shake-up.

Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick: Schumer.

Democrats maintain pressure on Trump over Comey firing.

Word of Trump pick for FBI director could come within days.

Hillary Clinton has 'mixed mind' over Trump's decision to oust James Comey because of Russia investigation even though she still blames ex-FBI chief for costing her election.

Anti-government protesters block Venezuela streets with horses, bikes. Venezuelans clog roads in new anti-government protests. Venezuela: Violence flares at anti-Maduro motorised protests.

No more Cuban rafters, Coast Guard says.

Canada introduces law to ban tankers off north British Columbia.


Saudi Arabia to host forum on terrorism and extremism.

Osama bin Laden’s son may be taking over the family business.

Meet the Western women who are flocking to join ISIS.

China's Xi calls for greater counter-terrorism cooperation with Turkey.


Global computer virus likely to wreak more havoc. Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating - Europol.

Microsoft re-releases security update after cyberattacks.

Russia's Putin says protectionism a threat to global economy.

China-Russia trade to hit $80 bln by yearend.

China-led AIIB expects to have 85 members by end-2017: president.

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