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ISIS cornered in Mosul; China opposed to missile system

Jul 03, 2017

Tough questions still to tackle before G20 summit, Germany says

There are still many difficult issues to be resolved ahead of a summit of the Group of 20 leading economies (G20) in Hamburg later this week, a German government spokesman said on Monday. “Tomorrow the final sherpa round starts and without going into details here, I can say that there are still a lot of difficult questions pending,” spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.

 

Syrian army announces ceasefire in southern Syria until Thursday

The Syrian army said it would suspend combat operations in southern Syria until Thursday, including in Quneitra province where Israel has hit army outposts in recent days, according to a statement carried by state television. The army general command said the ceasefire took effect from midday (0900 GMT) on Sunday and was being done to support “reconciliation efforts,” in the second unilateral ceasefire in the last two weeks.

 

Islamic State cornered in Mosul as Iraq prepares victory celebrations

Islamic State fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, in what looked like a hopeless last stand in their former stronghold. In fierce fighting, Iraqi army units forced the insurgents back, cornering them in a shrinking rectangle no more than 300 meters (yards) wide and 500 meters long by the Tigris river, according to a map published by the military media office.

 

U.S. warship sails near disputed island in South China Sea

A U.S. warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam on Sunday in an operation meant to challenge the competing claims of all three nations, a U.S. Defense Department official said. The USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the official said.

 

Saudi Arabia, allies give Qatar two more days to accept demands

Four Arab states which accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism agreed to extend until late on Tuesday a deadline for Doha to comply with a list of demands, as U.S. President Donald Trump voiced concern to both sides about the dispute. Qatar has called the charges baseless and says the demands, including closing Qatar-based al Jazeera TV and ejecting Turkish troops based there, are so severe that they seem intended to be rejected.

 

Indonesia’s reputation as a model of moderate Islam intact - president

Indonesia’s president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling. “Pluralism has always been a part of Indonesia’s DNA,” Joko Widodo told Reuters in an interview at the presidential palace in Jakarta. “Despite many challenges, Islam in Indonesia has always been a force for moderation.”

 

China, Russia share opposition to U.S. THAAD in South Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping set off on a visit to Russia on Monday stressing the grave threat a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea poses to both Chinese and Russian interests. China has repeatedly stated its opposition to the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system and has called for its deployment to be stopped, and the missiles already installed to be removed.

 

Tour bus bursts into flames after collision in Germany, many killed

Many people were killed when a coach burst into flames after colliding with a truck on a motorway in the German state of Bavaria on Monday, the German government said. “Unfortunately numerous people - a tour group from (the eastern German state of) Saxony - lost their lives in this burning bus,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.

 

Trump talks North Korea threat in calls with China, Japan leaders

The threat posed by North Korea was a key topic in phone calls between U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of China and Japan, along with trade issues, the White House said on Sunday. Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of expected meetings with the leaders of Asia’s two biggest economies at a Group of 20 nations summit in Germany.

 

Macron sets mandate’s course at Sun King’s palace

Emmanuel Macron will on Monday use the opulent palace of Versailles to present a roadmap of his five-year presidency to lawmakers from both houses of parliament, in a ceremony some opponents have decried as “monarchical.” Macron is not the first French leader to hold a so-called Congress, though past presidents have tended to use the address in times of crisis or constitutional reforms. France’s youngest leader since Napoleon wants it to be an annual feature of his presidency.

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