Tuesday, May 31, 2016

World News Briefs -- May 31, 2016 (Evening Edition)

L.A. Times: Iraqi forces press on in Fallouja as concerns rise over 'human catastrophe'

As Iraqi forces pressed an offensive Tuesday to dislodge Islamic State militants from Fallouja, conditions are worsening for tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city, and a leading aid group raised alarm over an unfolding “human catastrophe.”

Islamic State fighters launched a fierce counterattack on the southern edge of the city, slowing the progress of the elite Iraqi counterterrorism troops, and the militants reportedly corralled civilians into a single neighborhood for use as human shields.

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Iraqi forces intensify assault against ISIL in Fallujah. Islamic State group hits back as Iraqi army moves into Falluja. Heavy clashes as Iraqi forces push into IS-held Fallujah.

UN: 'Islamic State' using human shields in Fallujah.

Jets bomb Syrian rebel group Ahrar al Sham's main camp, large numbers killed: monitor.

Syria civil war: Russia denies conducting Idlib raids. Air strikes pummel rebel-held city of Idlib.

Turkey counts cost of conflict as Kurdish militant battle rages on.

New Yemen clashes kill 38 rebels, loyalists.

Saudi says intercepts and destroys ballistic missile from Yemen.

Gaza Strip: Hamas executes three as death penalty resumes.

Israel's settlement drive is becoming irreversible, diplomats fear.


U.S. urges North Korea to curb actions that raise tensions in northeast Asia.

As North Korean missile launch fails, Pyongyang official visits Beijing.

Philippines president-elect says won't rely on United States.

Taliban overrun Afghan police checkpoints in Helmand Province. Taliban kill 9, abduct 35 in Afghan bus attacks.

Hopes for peace dim with new Taliban leader.

Number of Afghans fleeing war doubles to 1.2 mn, says Amnesty.

New Taiwan leadership takes tough stance on disputed South China Sea.

Malaysia immigration: Officials accused of sabotage are fired.

Multiple deaths in Indian army ammunition fire.


Algerian president fires central bank governor: government sources.

Ivory Coast ex-first lady goes on trial for war crimes.

UN envoy: Libyan forces should fight IS, not each other.

Libyan forces advance in push on Islamic State strongholds.

Roadside bombs kills 6 soldiers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Distress signal from EgyptAir flight 804 confirmed by authorities in Cairo and US.

Nigeria: Security forces kill oil militants, separatists. Buhari's crackdown in Nigeria fails to stamp out Boko Haram.

Power struggles stall South Sudan’s recovery from war.

Kenya announces Dadaab refugee camp will close by November.

Kenya covers up military massacre.

Leader of Western Sahara separatist movement dies after illness.


UK voters shift toward 'Out' as EU referendum nears.

Mediterranean death toll has reached more than 2,500 this year, says UN.

Dalai Lama says 'too many' refugees in Europe.

NATO chief says Warsaw summit comes at 'critical time'.

Russia sanctions: Still not clear what EU will decide, German FM says.

Moscow has no plans of recognizing Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics — Lavrov.

Freed pilot Savchenko sworn in as Ukrainian lawmaker.

Survey: Merkel's 'grand coalition' dips under 50 percent.

France labour dispute: Hollande digs in as rail strike looms. French Labor unions call for new strikes ahead of Euro 2016.


OAS chief calls for emergency meeting to evaluate Venezuela. Maduro calls 'rebellion,' tells OAS to 'shove it'.

Canada PM Trudeau will not be punished for elbowing legislator.

Combative Trump details millions in aid for veterans, attacks media.

Clinton and allies step up California efforts as primary draws near.

Secret Service jump on stage at Bernie Sanders rally amid commotion.

Second minister in new Brazil government quits. Lava Jato: Brazilian anti-corruption minister quits over secret recording.

Haiti election: Commission recommends rerunning election from scratch.

Second airline suspends flights to Venezuela.

Kidnapped Mexican striker Pulido escaped by punching captor: official.


U.S. men made persistent efforts to join Islamic State: prosecutor.

Islamic State urges Muslims to destroy satellite TV sets.

Military contemplates aging Guantánamo detainees.

Euro 2016 in France could be extremist target, US warns.

ISIS reportedly uses hundreds of families as human shields to protect Fallujah.


Almost 46 million people trapped in slavery with North Korea, India key offenders: global index.

Internet Ad-blocking software use for mobile surges: study.

VW profit tumbles 20% in wake of emissions scandal.

Tech giants back EU hate speech rules.

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