Tuesday, June 13, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 13, 2017 (Evening Edition)

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sits to testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Reuters: Sessions calls notion he colluded with Russia 'detestable lie'

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday denounced as "an appalling and detestable lie" the idea he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign but refused to answer a series of questions during a high-stakes Senate hearing.

Sessions, a senior member of Republican President Donald Trump's Cabinet and an adviser to his presidential campaign, faced criticism from Democratic senators for declining to answer their questions relating to conversations he had with Trump.

Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich accused Sessions of violating his vow to tell the full truth. He told Sessions: “You’re impeding this investigation”

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ISIL resists Syrian rebel effort to take Raqqa.

Syrian army advances west of Raqqa: Hezbollah military media unit.

Putin warns Gulf crisis imperils Syria peace efforts.

Mosul battle: Fleeing civilians caught in crossfire.

Food poisoning at Iraqi refugee camp kills two and leaves hundreds ill.

Russia's Putin, Saudi King Salman discuss Qatar crisis: Kremlin.

US says 'worst behind us' in Qatar crisis.

Qatar crisis turns hostile on social media.

Turkey's Erdogan calls Qatar embargo 'un-Islamic'.

Iran's Khamenei blames US for regional instability.

Israel agrees to PA request to reduce Gaza electricity.


US 'not winning' in Afghanistan: Pentagon chief.

University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, said to be in a coma, released from North Korea.

Former NBA bad boy Rodman is back in North Korea.

Army struggles as Marawi siege enters fourth week. Marawi conflict: Hundreds held hostage by Islamic militants as US forces join army effort.

Philippines misses 2nd deadline to remove Islamic militants.

Militant Philippine brothers highlight Southeast Asia’s Islamist ‘time bomb’.

North Korea edging closer to launch a nuclear ICBM.

Moon says N. Korean denuclearization matter of survival for S. Korea.

Otto Warmbier: North Korea releases jailed US student.

Businesses still affected two weeks after massive Kabul blast.


Algeria, France urge political solution in Libya to halt terrorism.

Manchester bombing was planned for months, Libya says.

UAE, Saudi Arabia aiding Libya eastern forces, blacklisting Qatar for alleged support for other Libyans.

Egypt internet blackout: Major websites and VPNs 'blocked' in censorship crackdown.

Regional leaders pressure South Sudan leader to end conflict.

Instability widens in Mali and the Sahel region of Africa.

Zimbabwe bans corn imports after bumper crop: media.

Nairobi building collapse: People missing as residents join search.

South African politician dismissed for colonialism tweet.


Lady Brexit meets Monsieur Europe: May, Macron hold talks.

Theresa May ministers in 'secret Brexit talks' with Labour.

Merkel ally Manfred Weber says Brexit talks cannot be extended.

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

Exclusive: Russian diplomats expelled from Moldova recruited fighters - sources.

Putin critic Alexei Navalny jailed after calling for Moscow protests.

US nurtured Al-Qaeda & supported terrorists in Chechnya – Putin.

EU sanctions Hungary, Poland, Czechs over refugees.

Hungary approves strict regulations on foreign-funded NGOs.

Netherlands coalition government negotiations fail again.

Greece declares state of emergency on quake-hit island.


Sessions calls suggestion he colluded with Russia a 'detestable lie'. Sessions denies ‘false and scurrilous allegations’.

Sessions to face sharp questions on Trump, Russia, Comey.

Trump supporters turn on special counsel Mueller.

Tillerson defends proposed cuts to U.S. diplomacy, foreign aid budgets.

FARC’s elusive finances undercut support for Colombia peace.

Peru's president warns of refugee crisis in Venezuela.

Panama's ex-president Martinelli arrested in Florida.

Panama recognizes China and breaks diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

Venezuela chief prosecutor Ortega's family 'threatened'.


DHS chief hints laptop ban may not be extended right now.

Report: ISIS chemical weapons capability degraded.

US designates 2 Islamic State leaders tied to chemical weapons.

US cyber weapons disappoint against ISIS.


Tech recovery sends Wall St. to records with Fed next.

Higher Nigeria and Libya output pushes Opec oil up for first time this year.
London could lose EU euro clearing role.

Fed set to raise interest rates, give more detail on balance sheet winddown.

Verizon closes Yahoo deal; Mayer steps down.

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