Friday, June 2, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 2, 2017 (Evening Edition)

The United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution to expand its North Korea blacklist after the Asian state's repeated missile tests, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Reuters: U.N. expands North Korea blacklist in first U.S., China sanctions deal under Trump

The U.N. Security Council on Friday expanded targeted sanctions against North Korea after its repeated missile tests, adopting the first such resolution agreed by the United States and Pyongyang's only major ally China since President Donald Trump took office.

The Trump administration has been pressing China aggressively to rein in its reclusive neighbor, warning that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development programs.

The United States has struggled to slow those programs, which have become a security priority given Pyongyang's vow to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

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Iraq forces announce gains in west Mosul.

U.S.-backed forces seize Islamic State-held town near Syria's Raqqa: source, monitor.

In Damascus, a general feeling that the war is winding down.

Turkish authorities briefly detain spokesman for pro-Kurdish opposition: lawmaker.

As U.S. targets Hezbollah, Lebanon lobbies against more sanctions.

Tested on all fronts, Iran's Rouhani may struggle on reforms.

Netanyahu: Israel 'disappointed' in Trump's decision not to move US embassy to Jerusalem.

Palestinians pour into Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers.

UN confirms Iran complying with nuclear deal.


US carriers in Sea of Japan in show of force to N.Korea.

Calls to release US, Australian hostages after Taliban threat.

Philippine military rejects IS claim of Manila attack.

Manila attack: At least 36 bodies found at Resorts World entertainment complex, local media says. Philippine police seek casino attacker’s identity.

Philippine military launches new air raids in Islamist battle.

China reinforces its support of Paris climate agreement.

Protesters clash with police near Kabul bombing site. Kabul bomb: Deaths at protest march in Afghan capital. Four killed as Kabul protesters clash with police over truck bomb.

North Korean nuclear programme to replace South China Sea as key issue at Asia Security Summit.

Draft UN resolution would blacklist 15 more North Koreans for missile and nuclear links.

North Korea gasoline prices skyrocket amid concerns over sanctions.

Japan passes bill allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate.


French forces battle militants in northern Mali.

Kabila rival files UN rights complaint against DR Congo govt.

Suicide bombers kill nine in northern Cameroon.

East Libyan forces advance in strategic desert town.

Libya's biggest oil field boosts production, raising the country's output.

Chad blasts UN report on troop abuses in C. Africa.

EU imposes sanctions on nine DR Congo officials over Kasai violence.

Government defends police actions as general strike starts in Morocco.

Uganda investigates vanished ivory haul.

Ethiopia blocks adoptions, leaving parents stranded.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe, 93, starts nationwide speaking tour. Zimbabwe's Mugabe tells allies to stop fighting over his successor.


PM May confident Britain can get good Brexit deal, but prepared to walk away.

UK PM May's lead down to 5 points, model estimates 60-seat majority.

Putin praises Trump, says U.S. spies may have faked hacking evidence.

Germany, France, Italy tell Trump Paris agreement is not renegotiable.

Merkel: 'We have to protect Mother Earth' after Trump quits Paris accord.

Moscow says won't veto UN resolution on N.Korea sanctions.

Putin: Private hackers, not government, involved in U.S. cyberattacks.

Putin calls on American business to help restore dialogue between US and Russia.

offin of Polish president killed in plane crash contains remains of other victims.

Hungary’s leader says criticism by Soros ‘war declaration’.


Trump withdraws from climate pact, world leaders push back.

Trump Paris pullout a new hurdle for Tillerson’s diplomacy.

Exiting Paris, Trump leaves deal shaped by US priorities.

Trump goes to supreme court in attempt to revive travel ban. US travel ban goes to Supreme Court. rump asks Supreme Court to reinstate travel ban.

Secret Service chief wants more staff to relieve stress, boost morale.

Brazil's Workers Party looks to Lula to rise from ashes.

Maduro pushes ahead with referendum as protests go on.

OAS suspends Venezuela meetings after failing to reach agreement.

Brazilians struggle to survive corruption crisis.

Fight to stop controversial Canadian pipeline gets fresh backing in BC.


484 civilians killed in US-led fight against IS: Pentagon.

CIA names former bin Laden hunt chief to run Iran spying: report.

Islamic state claims responsibility for World Manila attack.

ISIS threat in Afghanistan shows no end in sight.

Syrian activists: ISIS news agency's founder killed in strike.


Stocks set records again; bond yields sink after jobs report.

US businesses at odds with Trump over pullout from Paris accord.

Super-rich evade on average nearly third of their due tax.

Secretive Bilderberg group gathers in US.

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