Friday, June 9, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 9, 2017

Reuters: May to form fragile government after UK election debacle, uncertainty over Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May will form a government supported by a small Northern Irish party after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election debacle days before talks on Britain's EU departure are due to begin.

A stony-faced May, speaking on the doorstep of her official Downing Street residence, said the government would provide certainty and lead Britain in talks with the European Union to secure a successful Brexit deal.

May said she could rely in parliament on the support of her "friends" in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party after her governing Conservatives failed to emerge as clear winners.

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US-backed forces fighting Islamic State enter Syria stronghold of Raqqa.

Rights groups: Many casualties in Mosul from heavy weapons.

Qatar says won't 'surrender' in row with fellow Gulf Arabs as Donald Trump again weighs in.

Qatar crisis grows as Arab nations draw up terror sanctions list.

Qatar rejects Saudi-led bloc's 'terror' list.

'There is no trust': Gulf states give up hope on Qatar.

Iraqi government rejects Kurdish move for independence.

Turkey says Iraq’s Kurdistan independence vote ‘grave mistake’.

Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting Tehran attacks.

Saudi Arabian Football Federation says sorry amid anger over snub for London victims at Socceroos game. Saudis apologise after London attack snub in Australia.


Taliban regains control of Helmand province, Afghan Army fails to recover ground.

In war-shaken Philippine city, civilians struggle to escape.

Philippine military asks Facebook to close jihadist accounts.

India, Pakistan join China and Russia-led security bloc.

North Korea says it has tested new anti-ship missile.

N. Korea coal export sinks to zero after China import ban: UN data.

Japan's Diet enacts abdication law for Emperor Akihito.

Man jailed for 35 years in Thailand for insulting monarchy on Facebook.


14 killed as coldiers clash over drought food aid in Somalia.

Three peacekeepers killed in northern Mali attack: UN.

Boko Haram stages deadly attacks in Maiduguri.

Security fears in Tripoli as General Haftar widens military campaign.

DR Congo's Kasai unrest must be investigated - UN.

South Sudan refugees recall horrific sexual assaults.

Zambia opposition leader moved to maximum security jail.


May’s gamble on a snap British vote backfires spectacularly, but she resists calls to step down. May to try to form government after UK election debacle, uncertainty over Brexit talks.

UK election result: How the world reacted.

French poll forecasts majority for Macron's En Marche!.

Catalonia to hold referendum on independence from Spain in October.

Poll: Germans want Merkel to remain as chancellor.

Qatar crisis: Germany seeks to bridge rift with Arab states.

Juncker: EU needs stronger defence arm.

Paris bids strong for 2024 Olympics.


Comey says Trump fired him to undermine FBI Russia investigation.

Trump claims 'total and complete vindication' after Comey testimony.

Trump's personal lawyer to file complaint after Comey testimony, source says.

Jared Kushner to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers.

Exclusive: Deutsche Bank says privacy laws prevent Trump financial disclosures.

Crisis in Venezuela leads to dangerous witch hunts in South Florida.

UN: Indigenous, environment rights under attack in Brazil.


Saudi Arabia and allies release Qatar 'terror list'.

Pakistan says army prevents IS group from establishing base.

Islamic State claims it killed two Chinese in Pakistan.


Share markets shrug off UK election, but pound pummeled.

Republicans take knife to post-crisis Wall Street reforms.

Supreme Court of Canada won't hear appeal of Quebec maple syrup 'rebel'.

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