Monday, June 19, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 19, 2017

The Independent: Russia vows to shoot down all 'flying objects' in Syria after US guns down first regime warplane

Communication channel between Washington and Moscow to be suspended immediately

Russia has threatened to shoot down US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces operate amid a diplomatic row caused by the downing of a Syrian jet.

The country's defence ministry said it would also suspend a hotline between Russia and the US set up to prevent mid-air collisions.

The statement followed after a US F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian army SU-22 jet on Sunday in the countryside near Raqqa.

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U.S.-backed SDF will retaliate if Syrian govt attacks again: spokesman.

Syria, Iraq troops link at border for first time in years.

Fresh Syria talks set for July 10 in Astana.

Iran calls missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning.

Iraqi forces launch final assault on Islamic State-held Mosul Old City. Iraq forces push into Mosul Old City, warn IS 'surrender or die'.

Expulsion of Qataris from Gulf states comes into effect.

Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar.

Bahrain: Explosion kills policeman, wounds two in Diraz.

Israel begins to reduce electricity supplies to Gaza. Gaza: Ordinary people the victims as electricity supply becomes the latest weapon in Hamas, Fatah dispute.


Six Thai soldiers killed by bomb in restive south.

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch naval patrols.

Japan’s premier says he intends to discuss Kuril Islands with Putin at G20 summit.

China bans more synthetic opioids blamed for US drug deaths.

South Korea vows to move away from nuclear power.

Singapore PM says sorry for family feud.

Australian escapes from Bali jail through 15m-long tunnel, police say.


Mali forces kill five militants involved in resort attack. 4 'jihadists' killed, 5 arrested after Mali resort attack. Four guests killed in Mali resort attack.

Suicide bombers kill 16 in NE Nigeria: emergency services.

US envoy assesses Darfur ahead of UN drawdown.

Somalia: Al-Shabaab launches attack on army outpost.

South Sudan has world's fastest growing number of displaced.

'Half' Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered.

Libya pumps most oil since 2013 on restart at Wintershall fields.


French elections: Emmanuel Macron wins strong parliamentary majority in second round. France’s Macron to reshuffle govt after huge parliament win. Real victory will be in 5 years, says Macron camp after election win.

London: Man drives into crowd of people leaving mosque; 1 dead. Man plows van into crowd by London mosque; 10 injured.

UK PM Theresa May vows to fight 'all forms of terrorism' in wake of London attack.

Grenfell Tower: 79 presumed dead in London fire. 79 now believed to have died in London high-rise fire.

So it begins: Britain kicks off Brexit negotiations with EU.

Mood in Germany, EU relaxed as Brexit talks begin.

EU extends Crimea sanctions, same seen for curbs on Russia.

Portuguese wildfires: government declares three days of mourning.


Trump lawyer says president not informed he is under investigation.

Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes.

GOP considers cancelling August recess to salvage agenda.

Venezuela soldiers guard Chavez symbols in seething heartland.

Who bombed the Bogotá mall? Colombia offers reward in deadly blast.

Argentina movement mobilizes to fight violence against women.

Stunt driving, tax evasion, child abuse among allegations against foreign diplomats living in Canada.


Islamic State threat in Southeast Asia raises alarm in Washington.

A look at major extremist attacks in West Africa.

Google tightens measures to remove extremist content on YouTube.


Boeing launches new version of 737 jet.

Apple, Amazon CEOs to White House as Kushner initiative gets underway.

Boeing, Airbus seek to outdo each other at Paris Air Show.

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