Thursday, June 15, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 15, 2017

Reuters: Iraqi forces say about to encircle Islamic State in Mosul's Old City

Iraqi forces said they were about to complete the encirclement of Islamic State's stronghold in the Old City of Mosul, after taking control of a neighboring district on Thursday.

Iraq's military said it had captured Bab Sinjar, north of the historic, densely-populated district where the militants launched their cross-border "caliphate" in 2014.

Government forces and their allies still have to take full control of Medical City, a complex of hospitals further north along the bank of the Tigris, to enclose the militant enclave.

The offensive to retake the northern city started in October with air and ground support from a U.S.-led international coalition.

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Syrians say militants shoot escapees, air strikes kill civilians as Raqqa battle intensifies.

US deploys mobile artillery rocket launchers in Syria.

Spirits high among Kurds in Syria as coalition battles for Raqqa.

One wounded in missile attack on UAE ship off Yemen, SPA reports.

Saudi transport minister arrives in Montreal for Gulf airspace talks.

Turkish FM holds talks in Kuwait over Gulf crisis.

Turkey hands jail sentence to UN judge Aydin Sefa Akay.

Turkish president vows to fight US arrest warrants. Turkey's Erdogan furious over US warrants for aides in embassy brawl.


'Hundred dead bodies' seen in besieged Marawi.

IS captures Tora Bora, once bin Laden's Afghan hideout.

At least 6 dead in suicide attack at Afghan mosque.

US doctors dispute N Korean coma story. Doctors: Student freed by N. Korea has severe brain damage.

Protesters fight with South Korea police near THAAD site.

U.S., China to hold diplomatic, security talks on Wednesday.

Japan passes 'brutal' counter-terror law despite fears over civil liberties.

Japan threatens to punish leakers following Shinzo Abe probe.

China nursery blast: 'Seven dead' in Jiangsu explosion.


Somalia soldiers end deadly al-Shabab restaurant siege. Somali survivors tell of restaurant siege by rebels; 31 dead.

UN says Burundi still torturing and killing opponents.

On Boko Haram front line, Nigerian vigilantes amass victories and power.

Nigerian Army rejects grounds for war crimes probe.

France says UN likely to support Sahel anti-jihadist force.

DR Congo violence: President revisits troubled Kasai region.

Wife of new Lesotho PM Tom Thabane is shot dead.

Morocco urged to free protesters in restive Rif region.

Opposition grows to Egypt's plan to cede islands to Saudi Arabia.


London tower fire: Theresa May orders public inquiry into blaze as death toll rises to 17.

Anger in Britain as Grenfell Tower death toll looks set to rise.

Britain's May confident on deal to stay in power, to open parliament next week.

Eurozone ministers strike deal to release funds to Greece.

Romania PM refuses to resign after party withdraws support.

Rescue ships pick up 1,000 boat migrants: Italy coastguard.

Poll shows 85% of Ukrainians believe country gripped by chaos.

Austria, Germany castigate US plans to impose new sanctions on Russia.

‘Russia will not let itself be turned into caliphate’ – Putin on fighting ISIS in Syria.


US, Central America discuss migrants, drugs and economic aid.

Trump to limit Cuba travel, restrict business deals with military: draft memo.

Washington mulling travel ban on all Americans To North Korea.

Poll: Venezuelans' trust in police, military at record lows.

Colombia Farc rebels 'committed to disarmament'.

Cuba's Castro sets elections timetable.

Brazil's refugee policy needs a radical overhaul in response to Venezuela's crisis.


EU jihadist arrests rise for third year - Europol.

ISIS claims it's taken Bin Laden's Afghan hideout of Tora Bora.

Kabul mosque attack claimed by so-called Islamic State.

Facebook deploys AI to fight terrorism on its network.


Global stocks pressured by Fed, Trump worries.

Tech sputters again, dragging Wall Street lower.

UNICEF: 20 percent of children in developed countries living in poverty.

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