Saturday, May 20, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 20, 2017

The Guardian: Saudi leaders hail Trump visit as ‘reset of regional order’

Saudi officials claim US president’s visit, which was accompanied by military deals worth $110bn, eases tensions between two nations

Donald Trump received a glittering welcome from leaders in Saudi Arabia on the first day of his first international tour, as the two countries agreed a series of military deals worth nearly $110bn (£85bn).

The US president’s decision to make the Saudi capital his first foreign call was seized on by senior Saudi officials as a symbol that Washington aimed to be once again a bedrock for the kingdom and its allies.

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Incumbent President Rouhani wins Iranian elections. Hassan Rouhani wins Iran's presidential election.

Tillerson says he'll talk to Iran's Zarif 'at the right time'.

Syria’s war: Geneva talks end with little progress.

Islamic State kills villagers, captures fighters in Deir al-Zor: Syrian Observatory.

Syria rebels leave last Homs neighbourhood.

Syrian war: Wounded risking retribution to receive medical care from enemy Israel.

Washington’s calls on US allies to stop contacts with Assad encourage terrorists — Lavrov.

Iraq’s special forces shrink IS stronghold in western Mosul.

Iraq: Dozens killed in wave of suicide car bomb attacks.

Protests erupt in Yemen as Trump visits Saudi Arabia.

Yemen rebel missile shot down 200km from Saudi capital.

More than 160 Palestinians injured in Gaza protests.


North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear program as US increases pressure.

Second carrier to join US ships near Korean Peninsula.

US protests intercept by Chinese jets; China blames US.

Afghan Taliban launch three-pronged assault on Ghazni city.

Afghan Vice-President Dostum flies to Turkey amid torture claims. Afghanistan vice president facing torture accusation flies to Turkey.

Afghan officials: 3 killed after gunmen storm bank.

India announces policy for strategic partnerships in defense.

Bangladesh police raid opposition leader's office.

Cambodians rally ahead of polls as US warns of intimidation.


Heavy casualties reported in Libya airbase attack. Libya: 141 people killed in Brak al-Shat airbase attack.

UN: South Sudan forces kill 114 civilians.

Mission unaccomplished: Uganda halts hunt for LRA warlord.

Six million Somalis face starvation.

At least 22 dead in clashes over Central African Republic town -U.N.

East African leaders press EU to lift Burundi sanctions.

Tunisia protesters shut oil transport pumping station: radio.

Suspects to face trial over UN experts' Congo slayings.

Freed Nigerian schoolgirls meet families after 3 years.


5,000 refugees rescued on route to Italy from Libya.

Russia asks WTO to look into sanctions by Ukraine on Moscow: agencies.

Merkel wants to restart Minsk talks on eastern Ukraine.

Poland's Kaczynski blames Merkel for EU's migration issues.

UK PM May's Conservatives on 46 percent, Labour on 34 percent ahead of election: Orb poll.

Emmanuel Macron ends first week in office stressing fight against jihadis.

Few Germans expect President Trump to finish his four-year term in White House.

Euronext expects Brussels to force euro clearing to leave UK.


Under siege in Washington, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal, stronger ties.

Rosenstein: No evidence Comey asked for more resources for Russia probe.

Comey to testify to Senate panel in public session.

Venezuela's Maduro tells Trump: 'Get your pig hands out of here'.

Brazilian President Michel Temer accused of obstruction of justice. Brazil president seeks suspension of corruption investigation.

NAFTA talks kick off: Early signs raise little alarm, but strategy still in 'pre-game state'.

Canada's housing boom has 30% chance of going bust, Goldman Sachs says.

Canada First Nations reserve bars outsiders amid opioid crisis.


ISIS executes 19 civilians in Syria, including two children, less than a day after details of massacre of more than 50 emerges.

Saudi Arabia opening terrorist-monitoring center during Trump visit.

As Trump sets off for Riyadh, US and Saudi Arabia blacklist Hizbollah member.

Yes, Britain really did just issue a terror warning for Antarctica.


Trump's trade rep brings 'America First' policy to Asia-Pacific summit.

OPEC keeps focus on shale threat as officials meet in Vienna.

US arrests man in $100 mn Fitbit stock manipulation.

Saudi Arabia, US companies reach $55 billion in deals.

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