Monday, February 11, 2019

World News Briefs -- February 11, 2019 (Evening Edition)

Al Jazeera: Iran and Israel trade threats of destruction

On Islamic revolution's 40th anniversary, regional rivals engage in a war of words threatening to attack each other.

Israel and Iran traded threats of mutual destruction on Monday as the Islamic Republic celebrated the 40th anniversary of its revolution.

A commander from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) threatened to destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if the United States attacks Iran, state news agency IRNA reported, provoking a strongly worded response from Israel.

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Iran threatens to 'raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground' if U.S. attacks.

Netanyahu fires back at Iran: Attack Tel Aviv and 'it'll be the last anniversary you celebrate'.

Trump tweets in Persian to send message to Iran on revolution's anniversary.

'Heavy clashes' as US-backed forces make final push against IS. Syrian Democratic Forces close in on last IS-group pocket in Syria.

Russia, Turkey agree on decisive action in Syria's Idlib: RIA.

Trump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies.

Lebanon calls for Syrian guarantees to speed return of refugees.

Iran marks 40th anniversary of Islamic revolution.

U.S. still probing journalist Khashoggi murder: Pompeo.

Saudis don't know where Khashoggi's body is: official.

Iraqi Christians fear returning home, wary of Shiite militia.


US Navy warships just challenged China with a South China Sea sail-by operation, and Beijing is furious.

Trump’s Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban.

Acting Pentagon chief makes unannounced Afghanistan trip.

Beijing insists on ‘indisputable sovereignty’ over South China Sea islands as US warships test troubled waters.

Myanmar forces violating human rights in Rakhine unrest: Amnesty.

South Korean President: 'Trump-Kim summit to be critical turning point'.

South Korea signs deal to raise financial burden for U.S. troops 8.2%.

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet's death.

Thai princess disqualified as candidate for prime minister.

EU to hit Cambodia with trade sanctions over rights abuses.


East Libyan forces say they have full control of El Sharara oilfield.

Holdout opposition accuses South Sudan army of preparing new attacks.

Egypt’s el- Sisi elected new chairman of African Union.

Chad: 'More than 250 rebels' captured in convoy raid.

30 al-Shabab militants killed in joint operation in southern Somalia.

Three killed in UN helicopter crash in disputed region.

Nigeria to launch crucial elections.

Mali Muslim leaders call for PM's resignation at mass rally.

Zimbabwe teachers' unions suspend national strike.

Bouteflika seeks fifth term as Algeria's president.


Brexit unease sees UK economy takes a turn for the worse.

Brexit: May has ruled out Corbyn's customs union plan – No 10.

Bulgaria examines possible link between Skripal, Sofia poisonings.

Lithuania set to ban fake news from Russia.

Trial of Catalan separatist leaders puts Spanish state on the defensive.

Hungary’s anti-immigration PM to give mothers of four or more life tax exemption.

Russia plans to 'unplug' from internet.

State of emergency is declared after more than 50 polar bears invade Russian town and 'chase terrified residents'.

Finnish WWII troops participated in mass murders of Jews, new government report finds.


Rep. Omar apologizes for controversial tweets on Israel lobby after backlash from Democratic leaders.

Negotiators hope to salvage border security talks ahead of Friday U.S. government shutdown deadline.

New shutdown threat as US budget talks stall. Border talks stall as another shutdown looms.

California governor to reduce National Guard presence at border.

As Mueller probe winds down, House Trump investigation powers up.

Exclusive: Venezuela's Maduro seeks OPEC help against U.S. sanctions - letter.

Venezuela’s Guaido blasts government aid blockade.

Haiti: People protest demanding President Moise's resignation.

Angelica Rivera seeks divorce from ex-Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto'.


Top US general says defeat in Syria wouldn't 'mean the end' for ISIS.

Fears of ISIL regrouping in Afghanistan after Syria defeat.

U.S. military intensifies airstrikes against Al Qaeda in Somalia.

Russia 'repatriates' 27 IS children from Iraq.

French army on the front line of 'final battle' against IS group.


US stock indexes end mixed ahead of US-China trade talks.

US team in Beijing for trade talks.

With Iran squeezed out, U.S. oil takes on new rivals in Europe.

IMF warns of global economic "storm" as growth undershoots.

Pompeo warns allies Huawei presence complicates partnership with U.S..

Bezos case exposes billionaires' vulnerability to hackers.

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