Wednesday, November 20, 2019

World News Briefs -- November 20, 2019

Reuters: Israel launches air strikes in Syria; Damascus says two killed

Israel said its aircraft struck dozens of Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in retaliation for rockets fired towards Israel a day earlier.

Syrian state media reported two civilians were killed and several others injured in the attacks, but said Syria’s air defenses destroyed most of the missiles fired by Israeli jets over Damascus, the capital, before they reached their targets.

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Israel says it has carried out "wide-scale" strikes on Iranian targets in Syria. Israel 'wide-scale strikes' hit Iranian, Syrian targets near Damascus.

Iran protests: Rouhani claims victory against 'enemy' after crackdown.

Iraqi protesters say Iran leaks confirm what they 'already know'.

Iran's internet blackout reaches four-day mark.

Saudi king blames Iran for 'chaos', calls for global response.

Iran 'sentences wildlife activists' accused of spying.

Yemen's Houthis release captured South Korean, Saudi vessels.

Benny Gantz fails to form coalition, increasing odds of 3rd Israeli election. Israel faces prospect of third election within a year after opposition backs out.

Netanyahu approves fast-tracking of bill to annex Jordan Valley.


Rare day of calm after week of chaos and violence across Hong Kong, but 100 protesters still defying surrender in Polytechnic University stand-off.

Suu Kyi to defend Myanmar against genocide accusation at UN court.

Former employee of UK's Hong Kong consulate Simon Cheng says Chinese police tortured him.

India to implement nationwide citizenship count.

Sri Lanka's new president picks brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM.

Shinzo Abe becomes longest-serving Japanese prime minister.

Climate change: China coal surge threatens Paris targets.

Australia fires: 'Catastrophic' alerts in South Australia and Victoria.


Islamic State claims responsibility for killing 30 Malian soldiers.

Suspected Islamist militants kill 19, burn church in eastern DR Congo.

Zimbabwe security forces attack opposition supporters.

Juba peace talks between Sudan govt, rebels postponed.

Migrants detained in Libya for profit, leaked EU report reveals.

Libya's deputy prime minister tells DW's Conflict Zone: "We have no slavery".

Mothers in Guinea rally against police violence.


Europe reluctant to do more about Hong Kong for fear of Beijing’s reaction, say diplomats.

Johnson and Corbyn clash over Brexit in first UK election debate.

EU worried about France, Italy budgets.

NATO meeting: Germany proposes new 'expert group' to strengthen union.

Malta police arrest suspect in journalist murder case.

Prince Andrew will step back from public life after Epstein scandal.

Austria Ibiza scandal: Police arrest three people in connection video that brought down government.


Trump directed Ukraine quid pro quo, key witness says.

Trump dismisses Sondland testimony, says impeachment inquiry should be 'over'.

Trump approval ticks up amid impeachment battle: Gallup.

FBI and US Senate raise alarm over China’s recruitment of US scientists.

Ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh indicted on fraud charges in children's books probe.

Shortages grip Bolivia as government struggles to contain unrest.

Bolivian president promises imminent elections.


US military drone strike kills senior al-Shabab official.

ISIS expected to revamp operations in Syria, grow ability to target the West, says Pentagon watchdog.

Omar Khadr’s appeal in U.S. military court remains in limbo: lawyer.


Apple details plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin ahead of Trump's visit to its Texas factory

US Fed officials see little need for further rate cuts, minutes say.

Emirates pledges $8.8B to buy 787 Dreamliners from Boeing.

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