Tuesday, May 30, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 30, 2017

A ballistic rocket is test-fired through a precision control guidance system in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) May 30, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

Reuters: North Korea warns of 'bigger gift package' for U.S. after latest test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system and ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons, the North's official KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

The missile launched on Monday was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared with previous versions of the "Hwasong" rockets, North Korea's name for its Scud-class missiles, KCNA said. That indicated the North had launched a modified Scud-class missile, as South Korea's military has said.

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Syria conflict: Civilians among rising casualties as air strikes intensify, monitoring groups warn.

Moscow concerned over US threats against Syria’s armed forces.

Nighttime, early morning bombings in Baghdad kill 31. Blasts strike Baghdad days into Ramadan, killing 27.

Mosul Dam risks devastating failure as Iraq government keeps stalling.

Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince hails relations with Russia. Putin talks Syria, oil with powerful Saudi prince.

Iran blasts Trump for saying it sponsors terror.

Cholera outbreak in Yemen spreads but at a slower speed.

Netanyahu: We must retain full military control of West Bank.


Foreign fighters killed in battle for Philippine city.

Philippines warns Islamist militants to surrender or die.

Duterte cancels Japan trip as Mindanao siege continues.

China plans undersea observation system ‘for science and national security’.

China is behaving like a 'bully' in South China Sea: McCain.

South Korea's Moon Jae-in in 'extreme shock' over unreported THAAD launchers.

Deadly Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh with high winds and rain.


Egypt to press ahead with air strikes after Christians attacked.

Top Sudanese officials cancel planned Egypt visit amid mutual recriminations.

UN food agency warns South Sudan conflict is fueling famine.

South Sudan soldiers face trial for rape and murder.

UN report shows hundreds of Central African Republic abuses. C. Africa violence forces 88,000 people to flee homes in May: UN.

Official: South Korea vessel hijacked off of Somalia.

Senegal's ex-president in new power bid at 91.


Emmanuel Macron hits out at Russian 'deceitful propaganda' in first meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Lavrov slams Macron's 'media propaganda' remarks as post-Obama policy aftereffect.

Russian diplomat comments on Trump’s son-in-law contacts with Russian ambassador to US.

More leading German politicians land into Trump.

Moldovan Foreign Ministry expels five Russian diplomats.

Ukraine's security service searches Yandex offices in 'treason' probe.

Manchester attack: UK police seek clues about Abedi's blue suitcase as investigation continues.

Police in Germany 'foil asylum seeker suicide attack'.

Moscow storm: 16 killed in Russian capital and region.


Manuel Noriega, Panama ex-strongman, dies at 83.

Trump administration nearing completion of Cuba policy review: sources.

White House communications director resigns amid tensions.

Pence to make campaign push amid GOP concerns over Trump.

Venezuela: Opposition leader tear-gassed in protests.

Venezuela socialists met shaming, protests on trips abroad.

Colombia and Farc agree to extend arms deadline.

Brazil’s Temer says coalition steady despite bribery allegations.


US kills Pakistani Taliban ‘master in electronics’ in drone strike.

UK's 'Big Brother' anti-terror strategy is flawed, UN expert says.

50 still in hospital, 17 in critical care after Manchester attack.


Amazon’s stock tops $1,000 for the first time.

Oil slips on oversupply worries despite OPEC deal.

BA to take 'some days' to clear baggage backlog.

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