World News Briefs — May 29, 2019

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Without Yisrael Beiteinu’s five seats, Benjamin Netanyahu has no parliamentary majority [File: Amir Cohen/Reuters]

DW: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu faces midnight deadline to form new government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future is at stake as he has until midnight to form a coalition government. If the premier fails, he is expected to push parliament to hold snap elections.

Negotiations on forming Israel’s new government are coming down to the wire, with newly reelected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu trying to form a coalition government before a midnight deadline.

Netanyahu was reelected prime minister on April 9, and he has been trying to form a coalition government during six weeks of difficult negotiations.

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MIDDLE EAST

New Israeli government or polls: Midnight deadline for Netanyahu.

At least 14 civilians killed in air raid on Syria’s Idlib. More than 20 civilians killed in attacks on Syria’s northwest.

Syrian military ‘burning farmland in rebel-held north’.

Iran ‘almost certainly’ behind ship attacks off UAE, says Bolton.

Iran’s Rouhani suggests U.S. talks possible if sanctions lifted.

Tehran ready for possibility of war with US, but hopes for dialogue – Iran’s deputy FM.

Iraq condemns 7th Frenchman to death for IS membership.

Israel tightens Gaza fishing curbs after new fire balloons.

ASIA

Amnesty accuses Myanmar military of new abuses in Rakhine.

Pakistan MP accuses officials of lying about clash between activists, military.

Afghanistan opens probe into sexual favour allegations.

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O’Neill formally resigns.

Beijing wants more Russian gas as Gazprom’s mega pipeline to China nears completion.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi: 16 charged in Bangladesh for burning girl alive.

AFRICA

Sudanese protesters strike over civilian rule, challenging army.

Congo Ebola response must be elevated to maximum level, UN told.

Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack on key town.

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari begins second term.

Botswana’s new president ‘drunk on power’ – Khama.

Angola ex-rebel chief Savimbi to be buried on Saturday: family.

Kushner meets Moroccan king on trip to press US peace plan.

EUROPE

Serbs protests against police actions in northern Kosovo.

Merkel seeks to scotch rumours of a rift with chosen successor.

British judge says Boris Johnson must face misconduct charges.

EU to demand ‘clarifications’ from Italy over budget: source.

Hells Angels biker gangs banned by Netherlands court.

Former Belgian king Albert II agrees to DNA test in paternity case.

Viennese repair Holocaust survivor photos.

Real Madrid ‘most valuable club in Europe’, says KPMG.

AMERICAS

Mueller to make first public statement on Russia investigation.

After several quiet years, tornadoes erupt in United States.

Poll: Biden has 18-point lead on Democratic field, Sanders only other contender in double digits.

Trump supporters build US-Mexico barrier.

US high court takes up case of Mexican shot by border patrol.

Argentina abortion: Crowds gather to back pro-choice bill.

Mexico: Arrest warrant issued for former Pemex chief.

25% of Americans say they worry about money ‘all the time’.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

‘Most wanted jihadist’ returned to Egypt.

Over 400 IS group-linked French nationals detained in Syria, Paris says.

The Yazidi family reunited after being IS slaves.

Former Navy judge named to oversee Guantánamo military court.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Chinese media raise rare earths threats after US ups trade war ante with Huawei blacklist.

U.S. risks ‘devastating’ blow from China’s rare earths monopoly.

German firms find US less reliable than China as trading partner after getting caught between Trump and a hard place to do business.



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