Tuesday, May 9, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 9, 2017 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: South Korea president winner Moon vows to unify bruised country

Liberal politician Moon Jae-in decisively won South Korea's presidential election on Tuesday, television networks declared, an expected victory ending nearly a decade of conservative rule and bringing a more conciliatory approach toward North Korea.

Moon's victory will end months of political turmoil that led to parliament's impeachment of conservative former President Park Geun-hye over an extensive corruption scandal, which a court upheld in March. Park became the first democratically elected leader in South Korea to be removed from office, triggering a snap election to choose her successor.

Climbing a temporary stage set up in the main square in downtown Seoul, a beaming Moon surrounded by his Democratic Party leaders, vowed to usher in a new era for a country badly bruised by the scandal in a midnight victory speech.

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White House approves supply of weapons to YPG in Syria: US official. U.S. to arm Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State, despite Turkish ire.

UN Security Council expected to meet on Syria safe zones deal.

Syria safe zones on hold amid concern over how deal will be enforced.

Islamic State says it beheads Russian officer in Syria: SITE.

Qatar FM: No substitute for Bashar al-Assad's departure.

Iraq forces advance in west Mosul.

Iraq secures highway to Syria to curb Islamic State attacks.

Iran threatens to hit 'terror safe havens' in Pakistan.

Iran Guards look beyond election to next supreme leader.

Turkey's president raises tensions with criticism of Israel. Erdogan continues row with Israel over Jerusalem and its 'Judaization'.

Turkey seeks 40 separate life terms for nightclub attacker.

34 dead of suspected cholera as Yemen outbreak spreads.


In nod to Russia, new Uzbek leader revives V-day celebrations.

Concessions in South Korea election pave way for Moon win.

Nearly 90,000 Afghans displaced in 2017, says UN.

North Korea claims U.S. poses 'nuclear threats'.

Double bombing hits Thailand’s violence-plagued south.

Satellite images reveal Chinese expansion in South China Sea.

Chinese coast guard sails near Japan's Okinawa, Senkaku Islands.

Jakarta's Christian governor found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial. Christian Governor in Indonesia found guilty of blasphemy against Islam.

Paris agreement: China vows to defend climate pact.


Four UN peacekeepers killed in C.Africa.

US suspends Kenya health aid over corruption fears.

More than 7,000 migrants detained in Libya.

Up to 245 missing after 2 Mediterranean shipwrecks, says UN. Migrant crisis: UN says 250 missing in shipwrecks.

Islamist suicide bomber kills at least eight in Somali capital. Somali general among 6 killed in Mogadishu car bombing.

East Libyan forces launch assault in Benghazi, 12 killed.

Gunmen attack South Sudan vice president's convoy, injuring bodyguards.

Behind barbed wire, Niger tries to deradicalize Boko Haram fighters.

Congo's Kabila names transitional government, defying main opposition.

As manhunt ends, top African warlord Kony eludes justice.


Germany eyes new North Korea sanctions: government sources.

Former French Prime Minister Valls plans to back Macron in June elections.

French police seek 3 men suspected in Paris attack plot.

On Victory Day, Putin calls for international unity.

Tillerson to hold talks with Lavrov on Syria, Ukraine.

Malta's prime minister under pressure from MEPs over corruption claims.

UK’s Labour leader says he won’t try to reverse Brexit.

Italy builds new detention centers to speed up migrant deportations.

Austerity remains a bitter pill for Greeks to swallow.


Brazil on edge as ex-president Lula squares off with judge Moro.

US sees sharp fall in illegal immigration from Mexico: officials.

Workers at US nuclear site take cover after tunnel collapse.

Comey testimony on Clinton emails inaccurate: report.

Trump delays decision on Paris climate deal.

Trump says allegations of collusion with Russia total hoax.

Venezuela Maduro: military courts 'used against protesters'. Venezuelans accused of rebellion are hauled into military court.

Infant mortality and malaria soar in Venezuela, according to government data.

Brazil's Manaus declares emergency over Venezuelan migrants.

Campaign to reduce killings in world homicide leader Brazil.

Obama defends Paris climate accord as Trump mulls ditching it. Trump to make decision on Paris climate pact after G7 summit.

Trump in-laws promote thorny visa-for-sale program in China.

Quebec water levels have peaked, but a long road ahead, officials say.


Islamic State says it beheads Russian officer in Syria: SITE.

Report: Top German officials on terror suspects hit list.

Amid evolving threats, Europol strengthens fight against terrorism.

While all eyes are on Syria, this Jihadist group gathers momentum in Asia.

France launches terror probe after former soldier planned 'IS' attack.


Wall Street loses oomph but Apple crosses $800-billion mark.

US Commerce Secretary Ross says 3 percent GDP growth not achievable this year.

Amazon fires back at Wal-Mart by slashing free-shipping threshold to $25.

Pint-size satellites promise spy-quality images—cheap.

Oil buckles as concern grows over battle of OPEC vs shale.

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