Archive for the ‘WORLD’ Category

U.K. Security Agency to Investigate Its Handling of Intelligence on Suicide Bomber

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Britain’s MI5 security service has launched an internal investigation into how it handled intelligence about Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people in an attack outside a pop concert last week, a U.K. security official said Monday.

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France’s Special Forces Hunt French Militants Fighting for Islamic State

Monday, May 29th, 2017

A number of French citizens have been killed by Iraqi artillery and ground troops using location coordinates and other intelligence supplied by French forces during the battle to drive the extremist group from Mosul, Iraq.

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North Korean Missiles Threaten New South Korean President’s Policy

Monday, May 29th, 2017

North Korea’s third missile firing in three weeks didn’t appear to mark an advance in its capabilities—but it is likely to complicate newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s efforts to engage with Pyongyang.

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South Africa’s Zuma Survives Another Leadership Challenge

Monday, May 29th, 2017

President Jacob Zuma survived another revolt against his leadership from within his own party, underlining the control he exerts over the African National Congress despite accelerating allegations of influence-peddling and corruption.

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Congo Approves Anti-Ebola Vaccine to Combat Outbreak in Remote Northeast

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Approval of the vaccine, developed by Merck, comes nearly three weeks after announcement of the latest flare-up of the disease.

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Macron, Putin Hold Talks Amid Strained U.S.-European Ties

Monday, May 29th, 2017

The talks at Versailles are Emmanuel Macron’s first with the Russian leader since winning election as France’s president earlier this month.

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Goldman Bought Venezuela’s State Oil Company’s Bonds

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Goldman Sachs bought about $2.8 billion in Venezuelan bonds that had been held by the oil-rich country’s central bank, a lifeline to President Nicolás Maduro’s embattled government.

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South Koreans Like Their New Leader So Much They Named a Coffee After Him

Monday, May 29th, 2017

President Moon Jae-in is enjoying nearly cult-like popularity as optimism washes over South Korea following a dark period of national scandal that ended in his predecessor’s impeachment.

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Russian Social Media Seen as Threat to Ukraine and to Cybersecurity

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Ukraine has shut down Russia’s homegrown versions of Facebook, citing concerns over pro-Russia propaganda, but cybersecurity experts say the social-media platforms pose a greater danger as launchpads for hacking attacks.

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Merkel says Europe Must Take Destiny Into its Own Hands

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged European Union nations to stick together in the face of emerging policy divisions with the U.S., Britain’s decision to leave the bloc and other challenges.

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North Korea Fires Unidentified Projectile

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile off its east coast on Monday morning, according to U.S. and South Korean military authorities, marking the third consecutive week in which the isolated state has conducted a test launch.

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The EU’s New Fault Line Runs Along the Danube

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

A new fault line has emerged in the European Union—along the Danube River. The full consequences of the EU’s eastward expansion are only starting to become clear as the EU contemplates how best to strengthen the EU’s common currency, its borders and its internal market.

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U.S. Shifts Strategy in War on ISIS

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The U.S. has switched to “annihilation tactics” against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, surrounding fighters instead of moving them from one spot to another, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.

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Islamic State Militants Dump Bodies in Southern Philippines City

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Islamic State-linked militants dumped the bodies of at least 16 civilians including a child in and around the southern Philippines city of Marawi, as a bloody battle with government forces for control of the area continued into its sixth day.

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British Airways Faces Second Day of Disruption After Computer Failure

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

British Airways said a far-reaching computer outage continued to disrupt operations for a second day though the airline planned to operate most services after canceling hundreds of flights Saturday.

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Trump Takes Aim at White House Leaks

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Donald Trump on Sunday morning released a flurry of online posts taking aim at White House leaks that have kept the investigation into his campaign’s relationship with Russia in the news.

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Greek Court Acquits Former Statistics Chief of Charges Over Budget Deficit

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

A Greek appeals court acquitted the former head of the country’s statistics agency of charges that he artificially inflated the size of Greece’s budget deficit in 2009, a decision that might finally bury a long-running conspiracy theory about the origins of the Greek debt crisis.

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In Manchester, Hunt for Possible Accomplices Remains at ‘Full Tilt’

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Members of the terrorist network behind last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester could still be at large, U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said, a day after Britain reduced its terror-threat level amid a fast-moving investigation.

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South Africa’s Zuma Under Pressure as ANC Leadership Meets

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

South African President Jacob Zuma was facing another showdown over his leadership at a meeting of his party’s top decision-making panel Sunday.

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Iraqi Forces Begin Push to Reclaim Mosul Districts Still Under Islamic State Control

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Iraqi forces launched their final push to reclaim the last districts of Mosul still under Islamic State control, considered the most difficult stage of this battle against the militants now in its eighth month.

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Floods, Landslides in Sri Lanka Leave at Least 100 Dead

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Devastating floods and dozens of landslides in Sri Lanka’s southern and western regions, triggered by torrential rains, have left at least 100 dead and displaced an estimated 230,000.

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Trump Hesitates as World Leaders Back Climate Deal

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

President Trump was the only leader at a summit for seven of the world’s largest economies who didn’t back an international climate-change agreement. He said he will decide on it next week.

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Israel Reaches Deal With Palestinian Prisoners to End Hunger Strike

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Palestinian prisoners ended a hunger strike that lasted about 40 days after the leader of the fast, Marwan Barghouti, reached an agreement with Israel’s prison service on improved conditions for inmates.

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Islamic State Claims Attack on Egyptian Copts

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Islamic State claimed Saturday that a team of its gunmen carried out the attack on a bus full of Coptic Christian pilgrims on Friday, which Egyptian officials said killed 29 people.

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Thai Mystery: Millions of Stolen Dollars, and a Missing Monk

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Thailand’s military government is searching for a popular religious leader accused of fraud but who they say also runs ‘a state within a state.’

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U.K. Reduces Terrorism-Threat Level

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she was reducing the country’s terrorism threat level from critical to severe, less than a week after a suicide bomber killed 22 people in a terror attack in Manchester.

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Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 18 in Afghanistan

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

A Taliban suicide bomber struck in the eastern city of Khost in Afghanistan killing at least 18 people, Afghan officials said, as violence continues to grip the country at the start of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

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Chinese Jets Intercept U.S. Navy Plane, Pentagon Says

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

The Pentagon said two Chinese jet fighters unsafely intercepted a U.S. naval surveillance plane over the South China Sea in the second such incident around China’s shores in a week.

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Trump Shows Two Negotiating Styles on Trip Overseas

Friday, May 26th, 2017

In his official debut on the world stage, President Donald Trump took a conciliatory approach in the Middle East and a harsher tone with U.S. allies in Europe.

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Haley Tries to Thread a Needle in Survey of Refugee Camps

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley toured camps housing refugees from Syria’s civil war this week as she broadcast her own vision of “America first” in the shadow of President Trump’s first international trip.

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