Wednesday, June 13, 2018

World News Briefs -- June 13, 2018 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Arab states launch biggest assault of Yemen war with attack on main port

ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen’s main port city on Wednesday in the largest battle of the war, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis.

Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi fortifications to support ground operations by foreign and Yemeni troops massed south of the port of Hodeidah in operation “Golden Victory”.

Fighting raged near Hodeidah airport and al-Durayhmi, a rural area 10 km (6 miles) south of the city, media controlled by the Arab states and their Yemeni allies reported.

The United Arab Emirates’ state news agency reported that UAE forces and local allies had penetrated the Houthis’ front line on the airport perimeter.

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Saudi Arabia-led military coalition launches offensive on Yemen port city of Hodeida. Saudi coalition strikes kill 250 Houthi rebels in heavy fighting.

Syria's Assad says still pursuing political solution for rebel-held south.

Watchdog: Sarin, chlorine likely used in Syria in March 2017.

In Syria's Kobane, a monument to lives lost and battles won.

Trump’s Mideast team to push peace plan in region.

Iraq's Sadr forms surprise alliance with pro-Iran coalition.

Israeli officials call for snipers to target Gaza's kite flyers.

Lebanese PM in Moscow to meet Putin.


Next steps in U.S.-North Korea diplomacy, including new engagement.

Donald Trump declares North Korea 'no longer a nuclear threat' despite no denuclearisation timeframe.

North Korean state media report Kim Jong Un's 'success' at summit.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit China after North Korea summit, Beijing confirms.

Exit poll: Ruling party overwhelmingly wins South Korea elections.

Indian soldiers killed in cross-border shelling.

Anti-China protests in Vietnam set to aggravate tensions with Beijing.

Rohingya refugees land in Myanmar as escape boat breaks up.

US hits Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen's bodyguard unit head with sanctions.


Former president Maldives and chief justice sentenced for obstruction of justice.

South Sudan rebel leader to attend talks with president in Addis Ababa.

New Madagascar govt fails to end political strife.

Somalia: displaced and desperate in IDP camps.

S.Africa lifts state of disaster over drought.

U.S. Navy rescues 40 migrants off coast of Libya.

Suspension of SA official for pro-Israel remarks 'a clear attack'.

Poll: Egypt 'safer' than UK and US.


Macedonia president says won't approve name deal with Greece.

Germany's Merkel calls for unified European approach on migration.

Populist talkshows fuel rise of far right, German TV bosses told.

Furious Scots lawmakers walk out of UK parliament in Brexit row.

Italy summons French ambassador in row over migrant rescue boat.

Migrant vessel docks in Sicily amid international row.

Georgian Prime Minister Kvirikashvili resigns.

Angela Merkel accuses US of running trade surplus if trade calculations are updated.

German interior minister pulls out of Merkel's integration summit.

New EU 'peace fund' could buy weapons.

'We're just trying to survive it': Russian cities brace for World Cup.


U.S. Senate, White House gear up for battle over China's ZTE.

Exclusive: Venezuela eyes first-ever refining of foreign oil - documents.

Chile prosecutors raid Catholic Church offices amid sex abuse probe.

Inspector general: 2 US dams at risk of ‘insider threats’.

U.S., Mexico and Canada chosen to host 2026 World Cup.

Mexico's Lopez Obrador widens lead in presidential poll.

Pepsi plant in Mexico closes over threats of gang violence.

Argentina lawmakers gather for key abortion vote.

Canadian hospital sues mother of million-dollar baby, amid growing concern over Chinese birth tourism.

Guatemala volcano: Thousands left homeless after eruption.

California voters to weigh splitting into three states.


Taliban denies it is in ‘secret talks’ with NATO.

France, Belgium, Spain, Morocco to form joint anti-terrorism unit.

Mozambique jihadists lay siege to once sleepy villages.


Wall Street falls as Fed signals two more hikes this year.

Fed raises 2018 outlook for US economy.

Trump, Iran spar over oil prices ahead of OPEC meeting.

US President Donald Trump could hit China with trade tariffs as early as Friday, sources say.

World's largest video games expo launched in US.

British overseas territories in talks to keep tax haven secrecy.

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