Tuesday, May 9, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 9, 2017

Moon Jae-in, the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party of Korea, poses for photographs as he watches a television report on an exit poll of the presidential election in Seoul, South Korea May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

BBC: South Korea presidency 'won by liberal Moon Jae-in'

South Korean voters have overwhelmingly chosen the liberal candidate Moon Jae-in as their next president, an exit poll suggests.

It put Mr Moon on 41.4%, with his nearest challenger, conservative Hong Joon-Pyo, on 23.3%.

Mr Moon favours greater dialogue with North Korea, in a change to current South Korean policy.

The early election was called after a corruption scandal led to the impeachment of the former president.

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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


Comey testimony on Clinton emails inaccurate: report.

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.

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

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


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.


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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