Friday, May 26, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 26, 2017

Radio Free Europe: Trump, Other Leaders Hold 'Most Challenging G7 Summit In Years'

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized countries met on the Italian island of Sicily for what European Council President Donald Tusk said would "no doubt" be "the most challenging G7 summit in years."

Some of the participants hold "very different positions on topics such as climate change and trade," Tusk said before the two-day summit opened on May 26 in the resort town of Taormina.

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US-led strikes kill scores of civilians in east Syria, rights monitor reports. 'Coalition strikes kill 106 civilians' in Al Mayadeen. US-led Syria strike kills scores of relatives of IS fighters.

American service member dies in northern Syria: Pentagon.

Syria army takes control of Damascus-Palmyra road: monitor.

Iraqis demand compensation after US probe into Mosul strike.

Iraqi journalist claims country's elite special forces unit tortures, executes civilians (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT).

Turkey shuns US resolution on Turkish bodyguards violence.

Gaza Palestinians: Hamas kills three 'collaborators'.


Philippines army battles IS-linked group in southern city. 'They kill defenceless people': thousands flee Philippine city of Marawi.

Philippines says foreign fighters part of Islamic State 'invasion'. Marawi: Foreign fighters 'among militants in Philippine city'.

At least 15 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack. Taliban kill 15 at Afghan army base in Kandahar. New Taliban attack on Afghan base kills at least 15 soldiers.

Conflict rages in Thailand’s south.

Trump meets with Abe on 'big problem' North Korea.

China tightened border controls with North Korea, US diplomat says.

China slams U.S. operations in South China Sea.

Heavy rains cause deadly landslides in Sri Lanka. 91 killed, 110 missing in Sri Lankan floods, mudslides.

India opens longest bridge on China border.


Rival militias clash in Libya capital.

Attempt to broker South Sudan political agreement fails.

South Sudan refugees scrounge for scraps as rations slashed in Uganda camps.

Tunisia opens trial over 2015 Sousse beach killings.

DR Congo opposes international probe into deaths of UN investigators.

Nigeria moves closer to long-delayed overhaul of oil sector.

Zambia expels South Africa's Mmusi Maimane.


Manchester attack: 'Immense progress' made by police. What we know about the Manchester attacker's bomb.

Europeans making sales pitch to Trump on climate accord.

Trump ruffles feathers by calling Germans ‘bad’ on trade.

EU's Tusk calls on G7 to maintain Russia sanctions.

Mediterranean refugee crisis looms over the G7 summit.

IOM: More than 60,000 migrants reach Europe by sea in 2017.

UN envoy calls off Cyprus talks, no deal on peace summit.


Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive.

Jared Kushner says he will cooperate with Russia inquiry after reports he is under scrutiny.

Senate panel could pass new Russia sanctions this summer.

Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro Congress.

Venezuelan unrest results in month-long public transport closures.

Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure.

UN Peacekeepers: How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed.


Three top Islamic State militants killed in Iraq, Syria: Pentagon.

Libya and UK ‘work closely’ to investigate Manchester bombing.

No link found between cancer and conditions at Guantanamo.


Trump's first G7 summit gets down to work in Sicily.

Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate.

CEO pay by the numbers: How big were last year’s raises?

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