Monday, April 30, 2018

World News Briefs -- April 30, 2018 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Israel presents Iran nuclear files, putting pressure on U.S. to scrap deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up pressure on the United States to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, holding a primetime address on Israeli TV to present what he called evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program.

Intelligence experts and diplomats said he did not seem to have presented a “smoking gun” showing that Iran had violated the agreement, although he may have helped make a case on behalf of hawks in the U.S. administration who want to scrap it.

Most of the purported evidence Netanyahu unveiled dated to the period before the 2015 accord was signed, although he said Iran had also kept important files on nuclear technology since then, and continued adding to its “nuclear weapons knowledge”.

Tehran dismissed Netanyahu as “the boy who cried wolf”, and called his presentation propaganda.

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Iran says Netanyahu's allegations were 'ridiculous and childish': report. Iranian state TV dismisses Netanyahu's nuclear presentation as 'propaganda'.

Mattis plays down odds of Syria pullout before peace agreement.

Syria's Assad presses offensive, missile strikes raise escalation risk.

Missile strikes on Syria kill 26, mostly Iranian, forces.

U.S.-backed forces say they regain villages seized by Syrian army. Syria: SDF reclaim territory hours after government capture.

Pompeo blasts Iran as 'greatest sponsor of terror,' assures Israel, Saudis.

Tehran dismisses Pompeo's 'unfounded' accusations.

Israeli military kills three Palestinians along Gaza Strip border.

Saudi crown prince says Palestinians need to take US peace offers: report. MBS: Palestinians should 'accept Trump proposals or shut up'.

Pompeo says US 'fully supports Israel's right to defend itself'. Pompeo puts onus on Palestinians to rejoin peace talks.

Israel hopes spy Pollard can emigrate for US embassy opening.


Trump says Korea's Peace House, Singapore could be Kim summit sites.

Deadliest day for Afghan journalists; 10 killed in two attacks.

U.N. envoys meet with Myanmar leader over refugee crisis.

Thousands flee in Myanmar amid fighting between army and Kachin rebels.

Suicide bombing in Afghanistan's Kandahar leaves 11 children dead.

North Korea must take 'irreversible' steps to denuclearization, US warns.

Trump suggests meeting Kim Jong-un at Peace House on South Korea border.

South Korean loudspeakers silenced for good as relations with North thaw.

Thai environment protesters stage largest demonstration since start of military rule.

Former Fiji MP jailed for two years for spray-painting anti-government graffiti.

Pashtuns continue to rally for greater rights in Pakistan.

India says all villages have electricity.

First person convicted under Malaysia's fake news law.


Gabon court orders prime minister to resign, parliament dissolved.

Suspected rebel fighters kill dozens of Tuareg in Mali.

South Sudan rebels accuse Kiir of cancelling ceasefire accord.

Ethiopia's Desalegn says Kiir has failed South Sudan, must step aside.

Armed groups’ clashes rock Libya capital at dawn.

Nigeria's Buhari set to meet Trump in Washington.

Chad lawmakers to vote on new constitution.

Comoros president eyes controversial second term.

Somalia calls for international support as floods displace thousands.

US threatens to cut funding to South Africa.


Israel to send experts to Germany, France to share Iran intelligence.

UK government defeated as Lords back powers to block or change EU exit deal.

Michel Barnier: Brexit talks at risk of collapse over Irish border.

Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit.

European powers reaffirm support for Iran nuclear deal.

UK PM May replaces minister as immigration scandal widens.

Armenians stage further rallies ahead of key vote.

Anti-migrant League party wins big in Italian regional vote.

Trade tariffs: Deadline looms on US exemption for EU.

Thousands rally in Moscow for internet freedom.

Russia's floating power plant branded 'nuclear Titanic' sets sail on controversial first voyage.

Austria probes UN Golan troops over deaths of Syrians.

Legal row over who owns domain.


Canada wants U.S. cooperation in turning back asylum seekers.

Central American migrants from Mexico 'caravan' camp out on U.S. border.

Dozens of migrants in caravan stuck at US-Mexico border.

Majority of Americans support National Guard on border: Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Exclusive: Democrats lose ground with millennials - Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Murdered students draw new attention to Mexico's drug war.

Rio's militias go from vigilantes to feared gangsters.

Thousands of Nicaraguans demand justice for killing of protesters.

Colombian civilians caught in crossfire as rebel factions fill violent vacuum.

Former military dictator of Bolivia dies.

Peru's brutal murders renew focus on tourist boom for hallucinogenic brew.

Human trafficking: 350 victims rescued in Caribbean and Latin America.


U.S.-led coalition signals end of major operations against Islamic State in Iraq.

Qatari hostage payments funded Al Qaeda group now Syria's most powerful militant faction.

Iraqi court hands life sentence to 19 Russian women for Islamic State links - TV.

US already fighting Al Qaeda before 9/11, military judge rules in landmark decision.


Wall Street slides as healthcare drags but manages monthly gain.

Oil prices climb after Netanyahu announcement; stocks fall.

Global shares start busy data week solidly.

The new stock-market fear: Signs that a period of harmonious global growth is crumbling.

T-Mobile to acquire Sprint Corp in $26 billion deal.

'Avengers: Infinity War' breaks global record with $630 million opening.

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