Monday, June 12, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 12, 2017 (Evening Edition)

File Photo: A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces walks past a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, at a hospital damaged by clashes during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in the Wahda district of eastern... REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Reuters: Islamic State calls for attacks in West, Russia, Middle East, Asia during Ramadan

An audio message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State called on followers to launch attacks in the United States, Europe, Russia, Australia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Philippines during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which began in late May.

The audio clip was distributed on Monday on Islamic State's channel on Telegram, an encrypted messaging application. It was attributed to the militant group's official spokesman, Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer.

The authenticity of the recording could not be independently verified, but the voice was the same as a previous audio message purported to be from the spokesman.

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Iran's Khamenei blames U.S. for regional instability, creation of Islamic State.

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reach old city walls in Islamic State-held Raqqa.

US-backed Syrian fighters seize parts of ISIS 'capital' Raqqa. Syria's SDF rebels capture parts of ISIL-held Raqqa.

US-Jordan drills raise suspicion of ground offensive against ISIL.

Qatar ready to listen to Arab states' concerns as Iran sends cargo planes with supplies.

Israel approves largest West Bank settlement construction in 25 years.

Naval coalition warns of risks for ships off Yemen.

Yemen cholera epidemic reaches 'devastating proportions' as deaths mount.

Earthquake strikes off Turkey's coast near Greek islands.

Israel to reduce Gaza power, feeding fears of unrest.


India's Modi and Trump to hold first talks on June 26 in Washington.

N.Korea evading sanctions through web of illicit networks.

Battle for Philippine city rages three weeks after attack by Isis-linked rebels. Blasts rock besieged city as Philippines marks independence day.

Philippine army vows to overrun militants linked to Islamic State.

Taliban deputy leader insists no hand in Kabul attacks.

Report: Slain Kim Jong Nam was carrying $120,000 cash.

S. Korea suggests 2030 World Cup bid to include N. Korea.

Myanmar recovers dozens of bodies after plane crash.

Former PNG prime ministers among new opposition coalition set to challenge for election.

Pakistan: Death penalty for blasphemy on Facebook.


Nigeria anti-corruption agency investigates parliament leader.

Tanzania says 19 years of mining fraud cost 75 billion euros.

Somali, US military claim to destroy an Al-Shabab training base. Deadly airstrike hits al-Shabaab in Somalia as US mission there intensifies.

Hundreds escape after gunmen attack DRC Kangwayi prison. DR Congo: 11 dead and 900 escape in jail attack.

Libyan dictator Moamar Gaddafi's son Saif freed amid push to reassert power, lawyer says.

Ethiopia denies emergency food aid will run out within weeks.

Egypt bans scores of news websites in growing censorship crackdown.

Pope gives rebel Nigeria priests ultimatum over bishop.

DR Congo's 'The Terminator' to testify in war crimes trial.


Russia protests: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced.

Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny arrested ahead of anti-corruption protest in Moscow. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny 'detained' ahead of anti-Kremlin protests.

French President Macron's LREM party set for big parliamentary majority.

Kosovo ex-fighters declare victory in general election.

British PM May tells lawmakers she'll stay as long as they want her.

May heads for crunch meeting with party lawmakers.

Brexit minister defends embattled PM as Theresa May faces party showdown.

EU threatens year-long delay in Brexit talks over UK's negotiating stance.

Poland hails upcoming Trump visit as a ‘huge success’.

Ukrainians can now enter the European Union visa-free.

Norway proposes national ban on full-face veils in educational institutions.


Peru calls for regional action to avoid Venezuela 'sea of blood'.

Venezuela ministry takes over police in opposition state.

The Latest: Secret Service says it has no Trump tapes.

Pentagon’s top leaders to face Congress on defense spending.

Schumer backs measure opposing weapons sale to Saudis.

U.S. breaks with G7 on climate, development banks: statement.

Sessions to testify as Republicans prod Trump on tapes. Senators sound calls to release Comey 'tapes' as Trump attacks 'cowardly' leak.

Donald Trump: UK and US governments deny state visit delay.

Homeland Security secretary suggests amnesty for Dreamers, implores Congress to solve problem.

Puerto Ricans vote in favour of being 51st US state, but doubts remain.

Colombia's Farc rebels to train as bodyguards.

Brazil court acquits President Temer in campaign fund case.

Melania and Barron Trump officially move into White House.


US sanctions IS members accused of making chemical arms.

Israeli intelligence discovered IS plans for laptop ban: report.

Experts skeptical about reports of death of al-Baghdadi.

ISIS propaganda hit hard by killings, battlefield setbacks.

Zawahiri lectures on global jihad, warns of national boundaries.


Sudden technology tumble continues as stocks fall further.

FIFA president says Qatar World Cup is not under threat.

What the heck is going on with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick?.

Iran company finalizes deal with Boeing to buy 60 planes.

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