Tuesday, May 14, 2019

World News Briefs -- May 14, 2019 (Evening Edition)

AP: Global worries flare over whether US sliding toward Iran war

WASHINGTON (AP) — International worries that the Trump administration is sliding toward war with Iran flared into the open Tuesday amid skepticism about its claims that the Islamic Republic poses a growing threat to the U.S. and its allies in the Persian Gulf and beyond .

The U.S. military rebutted doubts expressed by a British general about such a threat. President Donald Trump denied a report that the administration has updated plans to send more than 100,000 troops to counter Iran if necessary. But Trump then stirred the controversy further by saying: “Would I do that? Absolutely.”

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U.S. and Iran do not want war, Iraqi PM says.

Trump denies U.S. plan to send 120,000 troops to counter Iran threat.

Trump says US not ramping up for military conflict with Iran.

U.S. believes Iran proxies may be behind tanker attacks, official says.

US issues new warning to Gulf sailors after UAE says ships were sabotaged.

Saudi Arabia says oil stations attacked by armed drones. Saudi shuts major oil pipeline after Huthi drone attacks.

US military probes oil tanker 'sabotage attacks' off UAE coast.

Military officer says no rise in Iran threat in Iraq, Syria.

Yemen rebels hand security of Hodeida ports to 'coastguard': UN.

Erdogan accuses Syria regime of undermining Turkey-Russia deal.

U.S. embassy in Israel: Americans should 'remain vigilant' for terror attacks.

Trump’s election has boosted Israeli settlement construction.


Vietnam leader Nguyen Phu Trong reappears in state media after illness.

China-Russia relations are unrivalled, Beijing warns before US’ Mike Pompeo meets Vladimir Putin.

Sri Lanka orders nationwide curfew amid anti-Muslim riots. Muslim killed in Sri Lanka riots despite curfew.

Four Pakistani police officers killed in bomb attack.

UN mission urges financial isolation of Myanmar's military.

North Korea describes US impounding of vessel as 'robbery'.

North Korea's Red Cross visits China as drought hits crops.

Fresh IMF deal a 'political blow' to Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

7.5 magnitude quake rattles residents on Papua New Guinea island.


Macron wants to meet Libya's Haftar to push ceasefire: French foreign minister.

Gunmen kill four at Catholic parade in Burkina Faso: church.

Mali calls for more EU help amid attacks in Africa’s Sahel.

Sudan transition to last three years: military council.

Sudanese protesters, army officer killed in overnight clashes. Sudan crisis: Clashes in Khartoum leave several dead.

South Sudan refugees flood into DR Congo.

Angola drought: Millions at risk of starvation.

S.Africa unemployment rises as Ramaphosa vows action.

Somalia postpones exams after papers leaked on social media.


Putin says he senses Trump genuinely wants to repair U.S.- Russia ties.

Pompeo tells Russia: Don't meddle in next U.S. presidential election.

Russia tells Pompeo: Enough mistrust, let's reboot our ties.

Brexit talks to continue as cabinet sets summer deadline to quit EU.

Pentagon warns EU against blocking U.S. companies from defense pact.

Poland cancels visit from Israeli officials over Holocaust dispute.

Row as France remembers troops slain in hostage raid.

Facebook shuts down string of right-wing 'fake news' accounts accused of spreading anti-migration and anti-Semitic messages in Italy ahead of EU elections.

Floods hit Bosnia, triggering alarm in Balkans.


Donald Trump Jr. agrees to Senate committee interview: source.

US Attorney General Barr names Connecticut prosecutor to investigate Russia probe's origins: report.

Democrats and Trump fight in court over his financial records.

US targets $300B of Chinese goods for new tariff hikes.

Montana Gov. Bullock enters U.S. presidential race.

Venezuela top court accuses more lawmakers of treason as congress building blocked.

US police launch bid to evict pro-Maduro activists from Venezuela embassy.

Guatemala ex-dictator's daughter barred from presidential race.

Canadian officials visit former diplomat Michael Kovrig in custody in China.


Saudi Arabia says 'terrorist attack' on oil tankers raises new security concerns.

Iraqi army hunts ISIS remnants spreading fear in former ‘caliphate’.

German intelligence agency warns of 'Islamic State' attacks.

Collapse of USS Cole bombing case marks another failure for Guantanamo’s military courts.


Stocks bounce back as trade rhetoric cools.

Exclusive: Trump expected to sign order paving way for U.S. telecoms ban on Huawei.

China accuses US of threatening World Trade Organisation’s future as trade war heats up.

WhatsApp attacked by advanced spyware via missed calls.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma says staff should have sex six times in six days to reach 'marriage KPI'.

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