Tuesday, June 13, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 13, 2017

Smoke billows at the frontline, during the ongoing fighting between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State in western Mosul, Iraq June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Reuters: Iraqi armed forces announce progress in Mosul campaign, say district north of old city captured

Iraqi forces on Tuesday reported progress in the U.S.-backed campaign to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul, announcing the capture of a district just north the city's historic center.

With the loss of the Zanjili neighborhood, the enclave still held by Islamic State in the northern Iraqi city has shrunk to two districts along the western banks of the Tigris river - the densely populated Old City center and the Medical City.

Iraqi government forces retook eastern Mosul in January and began a new push on May 27 to capture the remaining enclave, where up to 200,000 people are trapped.

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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.

Qatar crisis turns hostile on social media.

Iran's Khamenei blames US for regional instability.

Israel agrees to PA request to reduce Gaza electricity.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.

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'.


Report: ISIS chemical weapons capability degraded.

US designates 2 Islamic State leaders tied to chemical weapons.

US cyber weapons disappoint against ISIS.


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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