World News | WRHL World News 2016-10-21T08:02:41Z World News Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul By Maher Chmaytelli and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State's assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil- producing region, killed 18 members of the security forces and workers at a power station outside the city, including two Iranians, a hospital source said. Kirkuk is located east of Hawija, a pocket still under control of Islamic State that lies between Baghdad and Mosul. Duterte didn't really mean 'separation' from U.S., Philippine officials say Philippine officials sought on Friday to play down comments by President Rodrigo Duterte who announced his "separation" from the United States a day earlier, saying their country will maintain U.S. trade and economic ties. Duterte made his comments in Beijing, where he was paving the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with long-time ally Washington deteriorate. "I've realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world - China, Philippines and Russia. Congo security forces killed dozens in anti-government protest: U.N. By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese state security services shot, burned, beat and hacked to death at least 48 civilians and reportedly hired thugs to attack protests last month against the extension of President Joseph Kabila's mandate, the United Nations said on Friday. The death toll of the two days of violence in the capital Kinshasa, which also included four police officers killed by protesters and one other civilian, was higher than during the 2011 electoral process, the U.N. Joint Human Rights Office in Congo (UNJHRO) said in a report. Democratic Republic of Congo's government spokesman and justice minister could not be immediately reached for comment and a police spokesman said he had not yet seen the report. Aleppo siege and air strikes are war crimes: U.N. rights boss By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights official said on Friday that the siege and bombing of eastern Aleppo in Syria constituted "crimes of historic proportions" that have caused heavy civilian casualties amounting to war crimes. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein did not specifically name Russia, whose war planes have carried out weeks of air strikes on the rebel-held part of Aleppo along with the Syrian air force, but his reference was clear. "Armed opposition groups continue to fire mortars and other projectiles into civilian neighborhoods of western Aleppo, but indiscriminate air strikes across the eastern part of the city by Government forces and their allies are responsible for the overwhelming majority of civilian casualties," Zeid said in a speech to a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Turkish military says it killed 18 Kurdish militants in Iraq and southeast The Turkish military said on Friday it had killed 12 Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey and another six in air strikes in northern Iraq, while also targeting their allied fighters in northern Syria. Twelve of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas were "neutralized" on Thursday in the Cukurca district of Hakkari province, near the Iraqi border, the army statement said. In northern Iraq, the Turkish air strikes hit the Avashin Basyan region, killing six PKK fighters and destroying four targets on Thursday, it added. France's Juppe says Anglo-French border should be moved to England: Guardian By Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - France's Alain Juppe will move the border with Britain from Calais to southern England if he wins power next year, setting up a potential battle with London over immigration following the Brexit vote, the Guardian newspaper reported. With thousands of people seeking to reach British shores, fences have been erected around the entry to the Channel tunnel and British opponents of mass immigration cast the Jungle as a danger to Britain during the EU referendum. Juppe, who is on course to win the center-right's presidential ticket and favorite to win power in next year's national election, said he would seek to overturn a treaty which effectively pushes the British frontier to France. Iqbal leads Bangladesh to 221-5, trailing England by 72 CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal hit a patient 78 as Bangladesh reached 221-5 against England by stumps on day two of the first test on Friday. Filipino protesters want police in brutal dispersal punished MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hundreds of Filipinos protesting Friday outside the presidential palace burned a mock U.S. flag and asked President Rodrigo Duterte to punish police officers for brutally dispersing an anti-U.S. rally and ramming a van into some of the activists. Vatican-Muslim dialogue to restart in April, Vatican says VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, Al-Azhar, are expected to formally reopen talks next year after a five-year lull. As Duterte embraces China, Japan's Abe set to roll out warm welcome By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans private personal meetings with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Tokyo next week, three sources said, seeking to keep him onside with U.S.-led efforts to contain Beijing's South China Sea ambitions. With Duterte winding up a trip to China where he announced his "separation" from the United States, Abe faces a delicate task to promote the closely aligned security goals of Tokyo and Washington without pushing the Philippine leader deeper into Beijing's embrace. The Latest: Arson suspected as Swedish asylum center burned TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the influx of asylum seekers and migrants (all times local): Top Asian News 12:10 p.m. GMT BEIJING (AP) — Typhoon Haima barreled into southern China on Friday after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people. Chinese meteorological services said the typhoon made landfall shortly after noon in the city of Shanwei in Guangdong province, packing winds of up to 166 kilometers (103 miles) per hour before weakening to a tropical storm. No major damage was immediately reported, though reports said some villages had experienced power outages and officials were on alert for heavy flooding and landslides. China had suspended dozens of flights and rail services in several southern provinces. Leading tattoo artists help wounded Israelis with scars JERUSALEM (AP) — Leading tattoo artists are helping wounded Israelis cover up the scars of tragedy and loss. The Latest: Large fire amid clashes in Iraqi city of Kirkuk IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on the developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local): U.N. says still no Aleppo medical evacuations, Syria blames U.N. The United Nations said medical evacuations from eastern Aleppo had not begun on Friday as it had hoped, as a lack of security guarantees and agreement with all sides prevented aid workers taking advantage of a pause in the bombing announced by Russia. The U.N. wants to use the four-day pause to evacuate hundreds of sick and wounded from the besieged part of the city and to make food and aid deliveries, U.N. humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke told a regular U.N. briefing. Syria's ambassador in Geneva Hussam Aala said the Syrian government had given the U.N. the green light for medical evacuations two days ago. Roe-deer hunting on horseback with hounds booming in France By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - Banned in much of Europe, roe-deer hunting on horseback with hounds is enjoying such renewed interest in France that some companies are marketing one-off outings to non-specialists, some riding in carriages. "In a society turning vegetarian, influenced by grisly reports about animal slaughtering, paradoxically the sport has never been doing so well as in France," said Pierre de Boisguilbert, head of France's Hunting with Hounds Association. The number of hunters with hounds has more than doubled in the past 40 years to around 10,000 in France, and the number of followers on foot and bicycles has risen to 150,000, he said. Bangladesh says head of group blamed for cafe siege dead The head of a Bangladeshi Islamist group accused of staging a deadly siege at a cafe and the killing of several foreigners died while trying to evade arrest earlier this month, security officials said Friday. Abdur Rahman died in hospital on October 8 after jumping from the fifth floor of a building on the outskirts of Dhaka during a raid by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite security unit. The identity of Rahman, who was leader of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was later confirmed through his possessions and by his family, who were shown pictures of his body, the RAB said in a statement. NHC says 40 percent chance of cyclone for low south of North Carolina (Reuters) - An area of low pressure about 450 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina has a 40 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday. Thunderstorm activity associated with the low is limited and chances of it developing into a subtropical or tropical cyclone are diminishing, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. (Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) German parliament approves controversial espionage law By Joseph Nasr and Sabine Siebold BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers on Friday approved a law the government says will tighten oversight of the BND spy agency, while critics in a country particularly sensitive to violations of privacy insist the reform does exactly the opposite. The most controversial section of the law is a clause allowing the Bundesnachrichtendienst to intercept communications of foreign entities and individuals on German soil and abroad which pass through a major internet exchange point in Frankfurt. The government says this is necessary to detect possible militants planning attacks in Germany or Europe. British reporter 'Fake Sheikh' jailed for 15 months LONDON (AP) — A judge has sentenced a British journalist who often posed as a Middle Eastern tycoon in sting operations to 15 months in prison, after the tabloid reporter was convicted of perverting the course of justice in an effort to get scoops. Polish official claims Egypt sold warships to Russia for $1 WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense minister says he believes Egypt has sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia for the symbolic price of $1. NATO officer: cyberattacks complicate threats to alliance BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A senior NATO officer says the addition of cyber warfare to traditional threats means the military alliance faces a 360-degree threat. Syrian government opens new Aleppo corridor for evacuations BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government on Friday opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, but the U.N. said planned medical evacuations haven't begun as planned because of a lack of security assurances from the warring sides. Socialists' meeting could end Spain's 10-month impasse MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist party was preparing Friday for a crucial weekend meeting that could help end the country's political impasse by allowing the rival conservative Popular Party to form a minority government. Congo bishops urge 2017 presidential vote, ban on constitutional change Congo's influential Catholic Church urged politicians on Friday to renegotiate a deal struck last week to ensure a presidential election is held next year and President Joseph Kabila is forbidden from standing for a third term. Democratic Republic of Congo's ruling coalition and part of the opposition have agreed to delay the vote from this November to April 2018, citing logistical and budgetary difficulties enrolling millions of voters. The pact removed language from an earlier draft that would have barred any changes to the constitution before the next election, leaving room for Kabila to change the constitution so that he can run again, his opponents say. UK's 'Fake Sheikh' sting journalist jailed for 15 months British journalist Mazher Mahmood, better known as the "Fake Sheikh" who caught out a string of celebrities in tabloid stings, was on Friday jailed for 15 months for perverting the course of justice. Mahmood, who conceals his identity after a series of alleged death threats, became a celebrity in his own right for his front-page scoops, in which he posed as a wealthy figure from the Gulf and encouraged stars to make embarrassing revelations. Mahmood, 53, and his driver Alan Smith, 66, were convicted last week of conspiring to pervert the course of justice following a trial in London. Philippines says just doesn't want to be dependent on the U.S. and West The Philippines will not renege on treaties and agreements with established allies even as it pulls away from dependence on the United States and the West, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said on Friday. Ernesto Abella said Duterte's announcement that Manila would "separate" from the United States was a "restatement of his position on charting an independent foreign policy". Duterte wanted to "separate the nation from dependence on the U.S. and the West and rebalance economic and military relations with Asian neighbors," like China, Japan and South Korea, Abella said in statement. British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in $47B deal LONDON (AP) — British American Tobacco is offering to take over Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and try to make up for a decline in smoking in the U.S. and Europe. Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho says he's lost Stamford Bridge luck Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he will no longer feel a sense of invincibility when he returns to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United on Sunday. Mourinho avoided a home league defeat in his first three-year stint at Chelsea and prior to a 1-0 Champions League victory there with Inter Milan in March 2010 he said the stadium was "lucky" for him. "When I play there with Inter, before that I never lost a match at Stamford Bridge because I had that home record that is still in the Guinness (Book of Records)," Mourinho said. South Africa to quit troubled war crimes court By Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa said on Friday it was quitting the International Criminal Court (ICC) because membership conflicted with diplomatic immunity laws, dealing a new blow to the struggling court and angering the political opposition. Pretoria last year announced its intention to leave after the ICC criticized it for ignoring a court order to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of genocide and war crimes, when he visited. Bashir has denied the accusations. Calls for crackdown on anti-government extremists in Germany BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers called for a crackdown on anti-government extremists Friday in response to the killing this week of a police officer by an adherent of the so-called Reich Citizens Movement. Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops By Lisa Jucca and Benjamin Kang Lim ROME/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of bishops on the mainland, a move aimed at ending a longstanding dispute, according to Catholic Church sources familiar with the negotiations. The Church sources also told Reuters that China is preparing to ordain at least two new bishops before the end of the year and these appointments would have the blessing of the Vatican. A person with ties to the leadership in Beijing confirmed that these ordinations would go ahead. Canadian aerospace giant Bombardier to cut 7,500 jobs Canada's Bombardier said Friday it was cutting around 7,500 jobs by the end of 2018 as the aircraft and train manufacturer tries to cut costs and boost productivity as part of a turnaround plan. "The actions announced today will ensure we have the right cost structure, workforce and organization to compete and win in the future," chief executive Alain Bellemare said in a statement about the measures that aim to produce $300 million in recurring savings. The cuts, to hit mostly administrative posts, follow the announcement in February of 7,000 cuts to manufacturing jobs. Turkish Red Crescent says sending aid for 10,000 to Iraq's Mosul By Ercan Gurses and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish Red Crescent is sending trucks of aid to northern Iraq with enough food and humanitarian supplies for 10,000 people displaced by fighting in Mosul, the president of the agency said on Friday. Iraqi and Kurdish forces have seized territory around Mosul in recent days in preparation for a long-anticipated offensive on the last major stronghold held by Islamic State in Iraq. "In the first stage, we are sending this aid to the nearly 30 villages around Mosul that have been liberated. Truce holds in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations The UN said Friday that security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria's Aleppo, despite a truce that was largely holding for a second day in the ravaged city. The unilateral "humanitarian pause" in the Syrian government's Russia-backed assault on the opposition-held east of the city was intended to allow civilians and rebels to leave. IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul. Russians seek answers to central Moscow GPS anomaly MOSCOW (AP) — Joggers, taxi drivers, players of Pokemon Go and senior Russian officials are seeking answers as to why mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in central Moscow. Germany reports scary clown incidents, fights hoaxes BERLIN (AP) — German police say a man has been attacked by a person in a clown costume wielding a baseball bat, while a woman was accosted separately by a man in a clown mask with a chain saw. WRHL 2016-10-21T13:02:41Z