Monday, May 29, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 29, 2017

CBS: Iraqi forces launch new offensive they hope will be final push to rid Mosul of ISIS

MOSUL -- This weekend, Iraqi forces backed by the U.S. military began what they hope will be the final push to drive ISIS out of the city of Mosul.

In an area in western Mosul, a region taken over by Iraqi forces not long ago, there are signs of what it costs to get rid of ISIS: The destruction is everywhere, staggering and it stretches on for miles. That is an ISIS car -- you can still see the decal there.

It's a combination of airstrikes, artillery, motars and of course ISIS suicide car bombs that have leveled buildings and cost the lives of hundreds of civilians.

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Iraqi forces close in on ISIL fighters in Mosul's Old City.

Iraq Mosul offensive: Civilians 'in grave danger' - UN. UN warns 200,000 at grave risk in last stages of Mosul battle.

Iraq paramilitaries reach Iraq’s border with Syria.

Civilian death toll rises in Syria's Raqqa.

Syrian Army, allied militia gain ground against ISIS.

Iran judiciary chief slams Rouhani election pledges.

Millions of Yemenis face hunger during Ramadan.


Death toll rises as Philippine military tries to regain control Of Marawi. Philippine forces report gains in besieged city of Marawi. Islamic State-linked militants execute civilians in Philippines as conflict intensifies: Police.

Philippines calls off peace talks with Communist rebels.

Militant leader's killing prompts violent Kashmir protests.

Japan to take action with US after N Korea missile test. US, Japan to take ‘specific action’ after N. Korea missile hit Japanese economic zone.

Japan public split on idea to cite military in constitution.

Sri Lanka floods leave at least 151 dead, aid agencies warn half a million displaced.

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching even worse than expected.


Warplanes carry out new strikes on Libya's Derna.

Survivors of Egypt Christian bus attack recount their horror.

South Sudan holds trial for troops accused of rape, murder of aid workers.

Sudan: More than 417,000 South Sudanese refugees in Sudan - UNHCR.

Mali officials deny couple stoned by 'Islamists'.

Nigeria's Buhari absent on second anniversary as president.

Morocco arrests Rif protest leader Nasser Zefzafi.

Tunisia security forces kill IS fugitive.


Putin arrives in Paris for first talks with Macron. Putin, Macron meet in Versailles on 300th anniversary of Tsar Peter’s visit to France. France's Macron holding 'tough' talks with Putin near Paris.

13 Manchester bombing suspects in custody after 15th arrest.

Manchester attack: Bomber's network potentially still at large, British Interior Minister says.

Merkel: Germany can no longer 'rely fully' on allies, including U.S.. Angela Merkel: EU cannot completely rely on US and Britain any more.

Angela Merkel still seeking stronger US ties, spokesman says.

UN: Cyprus still ‘very close’ to deal despite halt in talks.

Moldova’s Liberals quit ruling coalition after mayor arrest.

Paris mayor demands black feminist festival that 'prohibits' white people be banned.


Rolling Thunder ride draws thousands to the U.S. capital.

Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval.

Jared Kushner defended by Trump amid 'secret Russia line' questions. Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a ‘good thing’.

Vladimir Putin a bigger threat than Islamic State, John McCain says.

Clamour grows for Brazil's President Temer to resign.

Canada's Conservatives elect Andrew Scheer as new party leader.

Four die in stampede at soccer game in Honduras.


UK officials still investigating ‘wider conspiracy’ behind Manchester attack.

Egypt Coptic Christians: IS claims attack.

US might extend cabin laptop ban worldwide, top official says. US 'might' expand laptop ban to all flights.


Oil flat in subdued trade, focus remains on supply surplus.

World shares muted as investors await raft of economic data.

British Airways BA warns of further disruption after massive IT failure.

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