Monday, July 17, 2017

World News Briefs -- July 17, 2017

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri. Tasnim

Reuters: Iran's Revolutionary Guards warn U.S. against terrorist designation, new sanctions

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned the United States on Monday that if it designated the group a terrorist organization and applied new sanctions its action could be perilous for U.S. forces in the region.

U.S. officials said earlier this year that President Donald Trump's administration was considering a proposal that could lead to potentially categorizing the powerful Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization.

In Mid-June the U.S. Senate voted for new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and other activities not related to the international nuclear agreement reached with the United States and other world powers in 2015.

To become law, the legislation must pass the House of Representatives and be signed by Trump.

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US-backed forces say advancing against IS in Syria's Raqa.

Bomb blast hits military vehicle, wounds 17 in southeast Turkey: army.

Reports: UAE behind Qatar media hack that set off diplomatic crisis. United Arab Emirates hacked Qatari news site and planted false story, report claims.

Anwar Gargash: UAE not involved in Qatar hacking. UAE denies arranging hack of Qatar news agency.

Banks in Aden suspend services after robberies.

Jordan soldier who killed US trainers jailed for life.

Iran jails US national for 10 years for spying.

Muslims protest metal detectors at reopened Temple Mount.


South Korea's new government proposes rare military talks with North Korea to ease tensions. South Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions.

Ex-official: Obama administration proposed talks with China on North Korea collapse.

Pakistan launches military operation in tribal areas targeting Islamic State.

Pakistan court assesses PM Nawaz Sharif wealth claims.

US-China rifts widen despite economic headway.

Fiji military says it will accept the outcome of next year's election.

China censors ban Winnie the Pooh after President Xi Jinping is compared to the lovable bear.

Chinese economy beats expectations, growing almost 7% in latest quarter. China's GDP, economic data beat expectations.


Eight killed in Nigeria suicide bombing: authorities.

Cameroon army vessel capsizes at sea, dozens missing.

5 Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalist.

Guinea's opposition plans August rally.

Deadly shooting erupts at military bases in Ivory Coast.

Eight killed after Senegal soccer stadium wall collapse and stampede, witnesses say.

Rescued migrants describe life at Libya's detention centres.


Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects refugee limit for Germany in TV interview.

Italy delays law making children of migrants citizens.

Macron decries France's Nazi past during Netanyahu visit; calls for renewed peace talks.

Russia expects 'political wisdom' from US over diplomatic spat.

Race for Cyprus gas and oil sparks tensions in the Mediterranean.

Ukraine wants Russia held to account over MH17 downing.

German jets help Korean passenger plane make emergency landing in Stuttgart.


Venezuelans overwhelmingly reject Maduro's constitutional efforts. Venezuela: woman shot dead as thousands vote in unofficial referendum.

Venezuela opposition plots 'zero hour' after big anti-Maduro vote.

Trump lawyer says nothing illegal in son’s Russia meeting.

U.S. Secret Service rejects suggestion it vetted Trump son's meeting.

Colombia coca cultivation rises by 50% says UN. U.N.: Colombia's coca cultivation area increased 52% from 2015 to 2016.

Raul Castro denounces Donald Trump's Cuba policy.

Unusual snowfall causes blackouts in Santiago, Chile.


Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death.

Pentagon: Drone killed Islamic State leader in Afghanistan.

Australian army to be deployed on domestic soil during future terrorist attacks.

Telegram to block terror channels after Indonesian ban.


Major tech firms urge U.S. to retain net neutrality rules.

Ashley Madison parent in $11.2 million settlement over data breach.

White House planning ‘Made in America’ week.

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