Wednesday, June 14, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 14, 2017

Washington Post: London police raise death toll to 12 in apartment fire and expect it to go higher

LONDON — At least 12 people were killed, more than 70 injured and many others missing on Wednesday as a fire ripped through a high-rise apartment building in west London where residents had long warned of the potential risk of a catastrophic blaze.

Witnesses reported people jumping from parts of the 24-story building after being trapped by the advancing flames. A thick plume of smoke could be seen for miles around.

Children banged on closed windows as they were enveloped by the dark smoke. A woman dropped her baby from at least a dozen stories up, desperately hoping someone would catch the infant in the street below.

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U.S.-backed forces battle ISIS around the edges of Raqqa’s Old City.

U.N. says 300 civilians killed U.S.-led air strikes in Raqqa since March. 'Staggering' loss of civilian life from US-led airstrikes in Raqqa, says UN.

Syrian doctors plead for help, fearing the world is 'bored' with their conflict.

Iraqis advance on last ISIL district outside Mosul old city.

More than 100 IS fighters attack Iraqi forces in Mosul.

UN’s Zeid: Gulf states must respect rights in Qatar row.

Lebanon’s government approves new elections law.

Red Cross warns of 'unprecedented' cholera cases in Yemen.


Marawi battle: Security forces accused of misconduct as many civilians trapped.

In a first, China seeks to mediate between Pakistan, Afghanistan.

No military solution in Afghanistan, U.N. chief says on Kabul visit.

Suicide bomber kills 9 rival insurgents in Afghanistan.

US considers sanctions on North Korea trade allies.

Japan warns Russia not to conduct survey in EEZ without permission.

Landslides, flooding kill 147 people in Bangladesh and northeast India.

US student in coma for a year in North Korea arrives home.


Qatar pulls all its troops from Djibouti-Eritrea border.

Zambia opposition MPs suspended after missing president's speech.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi case: ICC calls for arrest of ex-Libya leader's son.

Rwanda: Fresh start for former FDLR fighters?.

Egypt parliament approves island transfer to Saudi: state TV.

Tunisian smoker jailed for not fasting during Ramadan.

2 polio outbreaks in Congo, World Health Organization says.


'Nobody on the top three floors survived: Six dead and dozens missing as massive blaze 'sparked by faulty fridge' engulfs 27-storey tower block in just 15 minutes: Residents hurl themselves from windows while others make ropes from sheets.

May inches toward deal to stay in power as battle rages over Brexit.

Merkel ally Manfred Weber says Brexit talks cannot be extended.

Emmanuel Macron says door to remain in EU is open to Britain.

Russian courts sentence protesters arrested at anti-corruption rallies.

Ireland's first gay prime minister Leo Varadkar formally elected.

Lawmakers back Spanish PM Rajoy in no-confidence vote.


Top Republican among wounded as gunman fires on U.S. lawmakers.

Democratic lawmakers sue Trump over foreign state payments to businesses.

White House torn over Mueller’s role as pressure grows.

Comey associate says he turned over memos to the FBI.

Colombia: FARC hands over most of its weapons in peace deal.

Venezuelan general quits over constituent assembly plan.

Cuba kicks off electoral process leading to Castro handover.


ISIS captures Tora Bora, once bin Laden's Afghan fortress.

Taliban continues to deny involvement in deadly Kabul attack.

Drone strike kills Haqqani network commander in Hangu.


Oil falls to five-week low on unexpected U.S. gasoline stock build.

Weak U.S. retail sales, consumer prices put spotlight on Fed.

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