Wednesday, May 17, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 17, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington, U.S., May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Reuters: Trump willing to use engagement on North Korea crisis: South Korea envoy

U.S. President Donald Trump told South Korea's presidential envoy that Washington was willing to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through engagement under the right conditions, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday.

Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible and all options were on the table but wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically and peacefully, possibly through the use of economic sanctions.

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Islamic State mining Mosul to stop families fleeing as Iraqi forces advance.

US-led coalition denies east Syria strike that killed civilians.

UN's Syria envoy rejects Assad claim that Geneva peace talks are irrelevant.

Syria war: Turkey will never accept US alliance with Kurds - Erdogan.

Suspected Saudi-led raid kills Yemeni civilians.

Turkey threatens to pull out of migrant deal as Dutch row intensifies.

Iran’s top leader urges high turnout in presidential vote.

Iran vote: US maintains nuclear deal sanctions relief.

Intel spat adds to Israeli concerns about Trump visit.

Netanyahu and Trump speak on phone amid growing row over Russia leak.


Japan, U.S. agree to keep up pressure on Pyongyang, say dialogue off table for now.

North Korea telephone line may be reopened, Seoul says.

China may be turning to diplomacy to fight THAAD in South Korea.

IS gunmen in deadly battle at Afghan TV.

Doubts over Japanese-US ties ‘may nudge Tokyo’ into China-led AIIB fold.

UN world court to rule Thursday on Indian 'spy' case.

Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning.

Privacy concerns as China expands DNA database.


Malawi plans to take lake dispute with Tanzania to Hague court.

Concern as Sudan leader wanted for war crimes plans Saudi trip alongside Trump.

Congo militia storms prison, frees self-styled prophet leader.

Couple stoned to death in north Mali by 'Islamists': local official.

Cholera outbreak compounds hunger crisis in southern Somalia.

Meningitis caused almost 180 deaths in Niger since January: UN.

Chibok girl escapes Boko Haram, says Nigeria's presidency.


Trump 'leaking secrets' to Lavrov shows US plagued by political schizophrenia — Putin.

Ukrainian defense minister says Minsk agreement is 'only alternative' for Donbass.

France's Macron selects his government from left, right and centre.

Merkel warns UK cap on EU immigration post-Brexit would have 'its price'.

Macedonia president gives opposition leader mandate to form government.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny steps down as Fine Gael leader.

Austrian parliament passes burqa ban as part of new migrant law.

Greeks walk out in general strike over cuts.


Special counsel Mueller named to probe Trump-Russia ties. Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe.

Embattled Trump says treated 'unfairly'.

First Republicans talk possibility of impeachment for Trump.

US condemns Erdogan bodyguard attack on Kurdish protesters.

US: Immigrant arrests soar under Trump, fewer deported.

New death in Venezuela puts toll at level of 2014 unrest.

Venezuela president says politicians are 'the new Jews that Hitler pursued'.

Venezuelan government sends troops to border state to stop looting and violence.

Brazil preparing for possible mass influx of Venezuelan refugees.

Mexican journalists protest over Javier Valdez killing.


Talks on airplane laptop ban end with no ban, more talks.

Islamic State claims attack on state TV station in Afghanistan.

The US Intelligence Community’s newest assessment of the jihadist threat.


Stocks, bond yields drop as Washington turmoil roils Street.

"ShadowBrokers" threatens to release more cyber attack tools.

U.S. sanctions Iran officials, Chinese network over missile program.

In battle of digital assistants, Google heads to Apple turf.

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