Friday, June 16, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 16, 2017

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance, at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on... REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV/File Photo

Reuters: Russia's military says it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Moscow said on Friday its forces may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa last month.

There was no initial independent confirmation that Baghdadi had been killed. The U.S.-led military coalition fighting against Islamic State said it could not confirm the death, and several Iraqi officials told Reuters they were skeptical.

The secretive Islamic State leader has frequently been reported killed or wounded since he declared a caliphate to rule over all Muslims from a mosque in Mosul in 2014, after leading his fighters on a sweep through northern Iraq.

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IS has 100,000 civilians as 'human shields' in Mosul's Old City: UN.

US and coalition forces blitz Raqqa with 187 airstrikes in first week of operations.

Messy fight awaits Islamic State's next Syrian capital at Mayadeen.

UN won't play any role in Iraqi Kurds' independence vote.

U.S. Senate's Iran sanctions are breach of nuclear deal: senior Iranian official.

Turkey summons US envoy over bodyguards arrest warrants.

Naval coalition seizing narcotics at unprecedented rate in the Middle East.


Philippines claims control of 90 percent of Marawi.

Philippines says some militants may have slipped out of embattled city.

United States, China to meet on North Korea on Wednesday.

Banning Flippers? North Korea lashes out at trade sanctions.

Mumbai blasts 1993: Six men found guilty.

US takes Malcolm Turnbull's impression of Donald Trump 'with good humour', embassy says.

Malaysian PM's wife linked to jewellery purchases in 1MDB case.

China kindergarten blast suspect 'had neurological disorder': officials.


Djibouti accuses Eritrea of occupying disputed territory after Qatar withdrew peacekeepers.

African leaders say election delays spell "grave danger" for Congo.

South Sudan rebels deny receiving support from Sudan.

Egypt arrests dozens ahead of proposed island protests.

UN agency fears for Africans held by gang in Libya.

Protesters agree to end blockade of Tunisia oil plant.

Lesotho's new PM sworn-in after estranged wife's murder.


Britain says no EU exit deal unless future relationship taken into account.

New US Russia sanctions bill riles Germany and Austria. Germany's Angela Merkel slams planned US sanctions on Russia.

US repeatedly interfered in Russian elections – Putin.

Alexis Tsipras and Wolfgang Schäuble praise new Greece austerity deal. Eurogroup approves $9.5bn bailout for Greece.

Serbia gets first openly gay woman to be prime minister.

London tower fire death toll rises to 30 as police work to recover, identify victims.

Armed police fire stun gun at knife-wielding man near British parliament.

Muslim groups in Germany at odds over planned anti-terrorism march.


Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel.

Trump says in tweet no proof of his 'collusion with the Russians'.

U.S. Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions.

Scalise has more surgery as authorities track shooter’s path.

On buses and trains, Venezuela opposition leaders protest Maduro.

Venezuela crisis: Thousands cross into Colombia for food and medicine.

Colombia peace process weathers the storm as Farc hands in weapons.


Jihadi arrests in EU nearly double in 2 years: Europol.

Terrorism is on the rise in southeast Asia.

US adds 3 Islamic State group leaders to terrorism blacklist.


Global overcapacity drags oil prices down to six-month lows.

Takata shares suspended ahead of expected bankruptcy.

Global lenders support Qatari banks hit by Gulf rift.

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