World News Briefs — July 18, 2019

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Reuters: U.S. demands Iran free seized ship, vows to protect Gulf oil lifeline

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday demanded Iran immediately release a vessel it seized in the Gulf and a U.S. military commander in the region said the United States would work “aggressively” to ensure free passage of vessels through the vital waterway.

Responding to an announcement by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards that they had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel, the U.S. State Department insisted Iran had to free the ship and its crew and stop harassing vessels in and around the Strait of Hormuz.

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MIDDLE EAST

Iran urges Europe to ‘accelerate’ efforts to save nuclear deal.

Putin and Macron call for efforts to save Iran deal: Kremlin.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seizes foreign oil tanker, state TV reports. Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew.

Syrian rebels say Russia deploys ground troops in Idlib push.

UN reaches agreement with Yemen rebels to resume food deliveries.

Yemenis die as UAE and Saudi withhold aid funds: UN.

In rare US criticism, Pence urges Saudis to free blogger Badawi.

ASIA

Car bomb hits police HQ in Afghanistan’s Kandahar. At least 11 dead in Taliban attack on Afghan police HQ.

Philippine authorities contradict own death toll in drugs war.

Man shouting ‘You die’ kills 33 at Japan anime studio. Japan’s worst mass killing since 2001 claims at least 33 in an arson attack on Kyoto anime studio.

Hong Kong’s protesters dig in for long summer of discontent.

Transnational crime boom a destabilising influence in SE Asia: UN.

Pompeo calls China’s treatment of Uighurs ‘stain of the century’.

Pence says US to press religious freedom in North Korea.

AFRICA

Six Nigerian soldiers killed in Borno state ambush.

Two killed in suicide bombing in Egypt’s North Sinai.

Three French troops killed in Guiana gold-mining raid.

Hundreds march in Sudan to honour ‘martyrs’ of protests.

Protests as Ethiopian ethnic group seeks breakaway region.

S.Africa cuts interest rates to shore up weak economy.

S.Africa military deployed to quell Cape Town gang crime.

Tanzania rules to keep death penalty.

EUROPE

Germany: 1.8 million people sought humanitarian protection in 2018.

EU interior ministers fail to find compromise on Mediterranean refugee rescue.

NATO to maintain credible deterrence against Russia: Stoltenberg.

Italy’s warring coalition parties warn of government collapse.

‘No-deal’ Brexit dealt blow by UK parliament.

UK government warned by watchdog of no-deal Brexit recession.

Italy police deal blow to ‘violent’ Nigerian mafia.

AMERICAS

‘Send her back!’: Trump rally sets tone for toxic 2020 race.

Trump disavows ‘send her back’ chant from his rally.

House votes to hold Trump officials in contempt over census issue.

Puerto Rico: Protesters demand governor’s resignation.

Mexico not ready for safe-third-country agreement with US: envoy.

Whoops! Canadian senator accidentally revealed European locations of US nuclear weapons.

Jeffrey Epstein denied bail while awaiting sex trafficking trial.

Data shows slight drop in US drug overdose deaths.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

German police raid suspected Islamists’ homes.

Morocco sentences three to death for killing Scandinavian hikers.

Argentina designates Hezbollah as terrorist organisation.

Sara Zelenak’s parents want terrorists’ families to be held accountable after daughter’s murder.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

G7 ministers ‘agree in principle’ on deal taxing digital giants.

Instagram is DOWN: Users complain as app crashes around the world AGAIN.

Instagram hides likes count in international test ‘to remove pressure.



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