Tuesday, June 6, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 6, 2017 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Trump takes sides in Arab rift, suggests support for isolation of Qatar

U.S. President Donald Trump took sides in a deep rift in the Arab world on Tuesday, praising Middle East countries' actions against American ally Qatar over Islamist militants even though the tiny Gulf state hosts the largest U.S. air base in the region.

Trump wrote on Twitter that his recent trip to the Middle East was "already paying off" and cast an anti-Islamist speech he made in Saudi Arabia as the inspiration for a decision by Arab powers to sever ties with Qatar in protest at what they say is the Gulf nation's support for terrorism.

Qatar vehemently denies the accusations.

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US-led coalition strikes pro-regime forces in Syria: official. US-led coalition destroys pro-government forces within deconfliction zone in Syria - Pentagon.

Siding against ally Qatar, Trump injects US into Arab crisis.

German minister accuses Trump of stirring Gulf conflict.

Qatar must 'change policies': Saudi foreign minister.

Qatar in 'chaos' as Arab powers halt food supply to country amid diplomatic rift.

Qatar says Kuwait trying to mediate, solve Gulf crisis.

UAE demands guarantees before mending Qatar ties.

US-backed Syrian force attacks IS-held capital of Raqqa. Battle for Raqqa: US-backed forces launch offensive against Islamic State stronghold.

Turkey wary as US-backed SDF militia target IS in Raqqa.

UN: ISIL kills 163 people in Mosul in one day.

After fleeing Mosul, displaced face arrest over alleged IS ties.

After Hamas decade, Gaza short on freedom, jobs, electricity.

Israel 'not ready' for peace: Palestinian official.


Philippines' Duterte orders troops to 'crush' militants.

Philippine lawmaker appeals for ICC probe into drug war.

Nepal parliament elects new prime minister.

Deadly explosion strikes Afghanistan's Herat.

Afghan president says last week’s bombing killed over 150. Afghan leader issues ultimatum to Taliban as bombing toll tops 150.

Kabul to host peace summit after week of deadly violence.

China can’t dodge its duties over North Korea, South China Sea, says US.

As China pulls trade from North Korea, Russia gets cozy with Kim Jong Un.

Security trumps rivalry as India, Pakistan to join China-led regional bloc.

AP Exclusive: Video shows militants in Philippine siege plot.


Libya's neighbors push political deal over military solution.

Morocco minister defends crackdown on protest movement.

Darfur peacekeeping force headed for major drawdown.

Niger opposition leader convicted of trying to incite coup.

UN threatens DR Congo with international probe. Congo faces U.N. deadline of June 8 for human rights probe.

DR Congo's tainted ex-police chief made national hero.

In Sinai, a local tribe fights to push back the Islamic State.

S.Africa in recession as economy shrinks 0.7% in Q1: data

FBI helps South Sudan in murder and rape trial.

Nigeria to probe soldiers' alleged misconduct at refugee camp.


Paris's Notre-Dame: Attacker shot outside cathedral. Notre Dame hammer attack suspect yelled 'This is for Syria'; terror investigation launched.

Deadly attacks turn UK election into a vote on security.

UK police name third attacker as new search gets underway. As UK police name third jihadi, Italian source says he had been flagged.

UK opinion polls: countdown to Thursday's election.

France's Macron set for biggest majority since De Gaulle: poll.

Russia scrambles jet fighter to intercept U.S. bomber over Baltics.

Tillerson: Trump says look past turmoil and re-engage Russia.

Declare offshore wealth? Russia tycoons would rather ship themselves off shore.

Germany's Merkel says no tax rises in next parliament.


Exclusive: Comey will stop short of saying Trump obstructed justice in Flynn probe, source says.

Top secret leaks plague US spy agencies.

US warning over its UN Human Rights Council role.

Trump infrastructure push faces cold shoulder from Congress.

Cities push back as Trump aims to cut anti-terrorism funding.

US contractor arrested after leak of Russia hacking report.

U.S. denounces Venezuela for repression, calls for free elections.

More injuries in Venezuela as regime pushes referendum.

Fourteen Venezuelan army officers jailed in first week of protests - documents.

Mexico ruling party wins election but loses support.

Canada seeks larger world role as U.S. retreats: foreign minister.


Online terrorist propaganda still a challenge for tech companies.

US warship strikes ISIS from eastern Mediterranean - Navy.

Airlines say travelers may be growing accustomed to terror spree.

Australian PM says Melbourne siege 'a terrorist attack'.

Trump intervenes in Gulf rift, pointing at Qatar over militant funding.


Wall Street slips ahead of UK vote, ECB, Comey testimony.

Uber fires more than 20 staff after harassment investigation.

Oil slips on worries about Mideast rift, U.S. production growth.

Siri, speakers and software: Highlights from the Apple show.

Bilderberg conference: attendees dodge the press as secretive meeting ends.

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