Friday, May 5, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 5, 2017

Al Jazeera: Russia: Syria safe zones closed to US coalition planes

De-escalation zones in Syria will be closed for warplanes of US-led international coalition, Russian envoy says.

The safe zones that regional powers have agreed to create in Syria will be closed for military planes of the international US-led coalition, Russia's envoy to Syria talks said.

Turkey and Iran agreed on Thursday to Russia's proposal for "de-escalation zones", a move welcomed by the United Nations but met with scepticism from the United States and Syrian rebel groups.

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US warplanes among those barred from flying over Syria's 'safe zones' in proposal. Russia-brokered Syria no-fly zone deal bans U.S. aircraft, too.

Syria government 'producing chemical weapons at research facilities'.

Iraqi forces gain foothold in northwest Mosul after surprise new push.

Iraqis prepare for final assault into Mosul.

Iraqi general pledges to get rid of ISIS 'in three weeks' from Mosul.

Iran's election frontrunners to discuss issues in live debate: TV.

Turkish court rejects Wikipedia's appeal over website's blocking: Anadolu.


Clashes erupt on Pakistan-Afghan frontier killing 'several': Pakistan. Clash erupts on Afghan-Pakistan border. 'Afghan' firing on Pakistan census team kills several.

North Korea accused the CIA of plotting to assassinate Kim Jong-Un. North Korea claims CIA plot to kill Kim Jong-un.

IAEA chief: North Korea continues nuclear test efforts.

U.N. denounces China crackdown on lawyers, seeks release.

As Trump woos China’s Xi, Dalai Lama has to wait on the sidelines.

Questions for US military after doubt cast on efficiency of Afghan bombing.

Trump and Turnbull 'get along great' after rocky start to relationship.


US military member killed in Somalia on anti-extremist work.

Migrant rescues, deaths in Med as NGOs cry foul.

Algeria election: Governing coalition wins parliamentary vote.

Somalia sacks senior official over minister's shooting.

3 former South African leaders join to criticize Zuma.
Nigeria's Buhari seen in public for first time in weeks.

Nigerian officials jailed for selling food aid.


Macron stretches lead as French presidential campaign enters final day.

French election: Macron and Le Pen wrap up tense campaign.

Euro hits six-month high before French election. France's vote ripples across Europe, markets, diplomacy.

Local elections: UKIP suffers big losses across England.

Brexit: English language 'losing importance' - EU's Juncker.

Lavrov stresses Russia bent on defeating IS.

Serbian FM seeks diplomatic status for Russian-run base.


Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia and Vatican in first foreign trip. Trump plans first presidential overseas trip, to Israel, Vatican and Saudi Arabia.

'I love Australia' Trump says as leaders meet after refugee row.

US House of Representatives votes to impose new North Korea sanctions.

Comey reveals few details about state of Russia inquiry.

Latin American nations denounce Venezuela crackdown.

Gustavo Dudamel attacks Venezuelan president Maduro: 'Enough is enough'.

Argentinians furious over supreme court ruling.

Still a danger, US judge rules 'El Chapo' must remain in solitary confinement.

Most US homes have mobiles but no landline.


UN scrutinizes Saudi Arabia's anti-terror laws.

German police arrest suspected 'Islamic State' militant near Leipzig.

Brazil jails eight militants over Rio Olympic plot.


Oil hits five-month low amid warnings of commodities rout.

1st large Chinese-made passenger jet C919 takes flight, seeks to rival Boeing & Airbus.

Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code.

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