Tuesday, May 16, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 16, 2017

AFP: IS 'on brink of defeat' after losing 90% of west Mosul: officers

Iraqi forces have recaptured nearly 90 percent of west Mosul from the Islamic State group and jihadists in the city are on the "brink of total defeat", officers said Tuesday.

Iraqi forces launched the massive operation to retake Mosul from IS nearly seven months ago, fighting their way to the jihadist-held city, retaking its eastern side and then attacking the west.

Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, spokesman for Iraq's Joint Operations Command, told a news conference in Baghdad that IS now controls just over 10 percent of west Mosul.

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Iraq says 90 percent of west Mosul recaptured from 'Islamic State'.

US-backed fighters advance on Syria's IS-held Raqa.

U.S. officials: Syria prison executing at least 50 inmates a day.

Syrian Government denies US accusation of crematorium at prison to dispose of bodies.

Low expectations as Syria talks resume in Geneva. Syria war: Peace talks restart in Geneva.

Turkish military considering bases in Syria's Al Bab, says deputy PM.

Opposition newspaper editor formally arrested in Turkey.

Economy tops voters' concerns in Iran election. Iran vice president pulls out of election, backs Rouhani.


North Korea missile program progressing faster than expected, Seoul says.

China and Vietnam agree to keep South China Sea tensions in check.

At least 16 Maoist rebels killed in central Indian gunfight.

13 injured as Pakistani, Indian troops exchange fire across LoC.

Philippines throws out impeachment complaint against Duterte.

Pakistanis warned to stop criticising armed forces.

Japan's Abe seeks talks with Chinese, South Korean presidents at G-20 summit.

White House delegation visits Seoul for summit preparations. New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June.

Scientists find 38 million pieces of trash on Pacific island.

Thai authorities appear to back down on threat to block Facebook.


Ivory Coast rebel troops say they accept deal to end mutiny. Ivory Coast mutiny: Soldiers agree deal with government.

'500 people killed' in DR Congo's Kasai in five months.

EU to conduct border patrols in Libya to stop migrants reaching Europe.

Executions increase in Somalia.

Uganda President Museveni warns against torture use.

Trial of Burkina Faso's ex-leader Blaise Compaore adjourned.

The superhighway threatening Nigeria's tropical rainforest.


French president pushes Paris Olympic bid, forms government.

Putin praises China's Belt and Road initiative, condemns North Korea.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijan hits Armenia defence unit.

Chechnya accused of 'gay genocide' in ICC complaint.

Ukraine's Poroshenko to block Russian social networks.

Eurozone economy grows at unspectacular rate.

Greek anti-austerity strike hits media, ferries.


Trump stands by actions following reports of divulging classified info.

Frustration abounds in Trump White House.

Trump's travel bans spook some students, fan fears of broader chill.

More killed, hundreds injured in Venezuela protests. Two new deaths in Venezuela amid protests. Venezuela: Teenager killed as mass protests rage.

Veteran journalist killed in latest wave of slayings in Mexico state of Sinaloa.

Family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich blasts detective over report of WikiLeaks link.

Hillary Clinton returns to politics with launch of new organization.


RAF drone strike disrupted public killing staged by Isis, says MoD.

ISIS on 'brink of total defeat' in Mosul, coalition spokesman says.

Latest al Qaeda propaganda highlights bin Laden's son.


Almost 30 state leaders put their support behind Xi Jinping’s new globalisation strategy.

Ford 'set to shed 10% of workforce'.

Global ransomware attack makes less than $US60,000 as only 209 victims choose to pay.

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