World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2017-02-23T03:30:37Z World News Malaysia requests Interpol alert on four North Koreans over airport murder By Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has requested Interpol to put an alert out to apprehend four North Korean suspects in the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysia's police chief said on Thursday. Kim Jong Nam, who was killed in Kuala Lumpur's main airport on Feb. 13, had spoken out publicly in the past against his family's dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed state. South Korean and U.S. officials say he was assassinated by North Korean agents. Iraqi security forces storm Mosul airport, military base U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul stormed the city's airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said. Counter-terrorism service (CTS) troops and elite interior ministry units known as Rapid Response descended on the airport early on Thursday and the nearby Ghozlani military complex, CTS spokesman Sabah al-Numan told state TV. "Our forces started a major operation early this morning to storm the airport of Mosul and the Ghozlani base to dislodge Daesh (Islamic State) terrorists. Deportation spat overshadows Trump envoys' talks with angry Mexico By Alexandra Alper MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A bid by U.S. President Donald Trump to deport non-Mexican illegal migrants to Mexico that has enraged Mexicans will top the agenda when officials from both countries meet on Thursday amid a deepening rift between the two nations. The U.S. government on Tuesday said it would seek to deport many illegal immigrants to Mexico if they entered the United States from there, regardless of their nationality, prompting a fiery response from Mexican officials. Calling the measure "unilateral" and "unprecedented," Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said new immigration guidelines would top the agenda of meetings in Mexico City with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Syria's warring sides trade fire with peace talks set to begin, monitor says BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes on rebel-held areas in Deraa and Hama provinces and insurgents fired rockets at government targets on Thursday, the day peace talks are set to begin in Geneva, a war monitoring group said. However, the overall level of violence in western Syria was somewhat lower than in previous days, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Geneva talks are taking place after nearly two months of a shaky ceasefire between the government and rebels, with each side accusing the other of violations. ... Cuba says it foiled plot to destabilize country, slams dissidents and OAS By Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - Communist-ruled Cuba on Wednesday said it had foiled a serious plot aiming to destabilize the country by preventing the chief of the Organization of American States traveling to the island to attend an award ceremony organized by dissidents. The opposition group, which the government called "anti-Cuban and illegal," had invited OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to Havana to honor him for shining a light on violations of human rights in the Americas. Cuba, which views the Washington-based OAS as an imperialist instrument of the United States despite its fledgling detente with its Cold War foe, denied Almagro and other international invitees visas and issued a blistering statement. Bomb kills at least five in upscale market in Pakistan's Lahore By Mubashir Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb exploded in an upscale market in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding 21, officials said. Security forces, suspecting the bomber was still alive, cordoned off the market in a residential neighborhood, home to banks and coffee shops, and people were not being allowed to leave or enter, they said. Initial reports on television channel Geo News said a generator had exploded but sources in the Punjab police and provincial government told Reuters the explosion was caused by a bomb. Malaysia may expel North Korean envoy over airport killing comments: source By Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia is considering expelling North Korea's envoy to the Southeast Asian nation or shutting its embassy in Pyongyang, as tensions escalate over the killing of the estranged half-brother of the North's leader Kim Jong Un, a senior government official said. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13 with what police believe was a fast-acting poison, as he prepared to board a flight to Macau where he lived in exile with his family under the protection of Beijing. North Korea's ambassador said last week his country "cannot trust" Malaysia's handling of the probe, and also accused the country of "colluding with outside forces" - a veiled reference to bitter rival South Korea. Top Asian News 9:06 a.m. GMT TOKYO (AP) — Faced with the killing of its leader's half brother in what appears to have all the trappings of a politically motivated hit, North Korea is turning up the volume on a familiar defense: Flatly deny the allegations, viciously attack the accusers. It's a position the North has been in before, from dismissing U.N. reports outlining human rights abuses or the findings to disputing who threw the first punch in the Korean War. But, while master of the message at home, rarely, if ever, has Pyongyang managed to effectively sway world opinion. With evidence emerging that seems to strongly implicate some kind of North Korea connection to the killing of Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam, the North is intensifying its public attack on the officials in charge of the investigation in Malaysia. Merkel's Bavarian allies signal open to limiting pay for top managers German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Bavarian allies signaled on Thursday that they wanted to limit pay for top managers ahead of a September election after the Social Democrats (SPD) presented a draft law on the issue. The SPD, which has surged in opinion polls in recent weeks, wants to discourage corporations from granting high pay packages to top managers by capping the tax deductions the firms can get through writing them off as business expenses "It's not acceptable for citizens and also not appropriate in a social market economy for managers to earn one hundred times what average earners in the same company get," Gerda Hasselfeldt, a senior member of the Christian Social Union (CSU), told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper on Thursday. Activists seek corporate help for Myanmar's Rohingyas BANGKOK (AP) — Activists are urging Unilever, a major investor in Myanmar, to speak out against the country's treatment of its Rohingya minority, which the U.N. has said may be "crimes against humanity." Australia struggling at 153-4 at tea on day 1 vs India PUNE, India (AP) — India's spinners took wickets in consecutive overs late in the second session to give the hosts the upper hand on day one of the series-opening test against Australia, which reached the tea interval at 153-4. Hungary central banker's claims of political interference "not credible", U.S. says The United States said on Thursday Hungary's central bank chief lacked credibility in accusing an unspecified "large NATO ally" of trying to topple the Hungarian government two years ago. Gyorgy Matolcsy, a close ally of authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been involved in a series of diplomatic spats with Washington, told a Parliament committee hearing on Wednesday that a major NATO member had tried to topple the government and central bank in 2014-2015. Iraq forces attack IS-held Mosul airport Al-Buseif (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi forces backed by jets, drones and gunships attacked Mosul airport on Thursday in a key step in their four-month-old offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State group. The disused airport commands access to the south of the city, which the jihadists seized in June 2014 and where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria in 2014. Federal police and the interior ministry's Rapid Response units reached the walls of the airport compound, which lies on the west bank of the Tigris River that runs through the city, AFP correspondents reported. Chinese commerce minister abruptly postpones Philippines trip: sources By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - China's commerce minister decided at the last minute to postpone an official trip to the Philippines on Thursday to sign about 40 joint projects worth billions of dollars, sources at the Philippines trade and finance ministries said. It was not immediately clear what was behind the abrupt postponement of what would have been an important development in a new era of engagement between the two historic rivals under President Rodrigo Duterte, who has praised the leadership of Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. China says military veterans' difficulties will be overcome BEIJING (AP) — China's defense ministry says it expects economic growth and a strengthened social security system will resolve the problems of veterans who complain of having been denied their promised retirement benefits. China promised Philippines not to build in disputed shoal: Philippines' FM Chinese President Xi Jinping promised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that Beijing would not build structures on a rocky outcrop in the South China Sea, Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Thursday. Frosty ties between the two countries have improved as Duterte shifts away from traditional ally the United States and closer to Beijing, though the news came a day after China's commerce minister postponed an official trip to the Philippines. Yasay said Xi's pledge was made during a meeting with Duterte in Beijing in October, after Manila raised the issue, in response to U.S. intelligence reports suggesting China was sending dredging ships to the area. Philippine minister says Duterte agrees with mining ban in watershed areas By Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' environment minister on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte had backed her decision to ban mining in watershed areas at a meeting earlier this week, winning his support once more for her crackdown on the sector. Duterte who warned last year that the Southeast Asian nation could survive without a mining sector had supported Lopez's decision this month to shut over half the country's mines. Don't worry, you are my cabinet secretary and I also believe that there should be no mining in watersheds'," Regina Lopez told a media briefing, recalling her meeting with Duterte on Monday. Somalia's new president appoints prime minister MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister just before he departed to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since he was inaugurated. Turkish Airlines passenger held in Miami over bomb threat ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says U.S. security officers at Miami airport have detained a passenger on board a Turkish Airlines plane who claimed to have a bomb on him. Second explosion heard in another upscale neighborhood in Pakistan's Lahore A powerful explosion hit near a second upscale market in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, a government official said, the latest in a new surge of violence across the country. An second explosion in Lahore's Gulberg area came hours after a blast at another upscale market killed at least five people and wounded 21. "Initial reports are of an explosion in the Gulberg area," a Punjab government official told Reuters, requesting anonymity until authorities had more details. UK crime agency arrests suspect in Deutsche Telekom cyber attack FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested a suspect in connection with last year's cyber attack which infected nearly 1 million Deutsche Telekom routers, German federal police said on Thursday. The NCA arrested the 29-year-old Briton at one of London's airports on Wednesday, the police said in a statement. The attack on Deutsche Telekom, Germany's largest telecom company, took place in late November. Internet outages hit as many as 900,000 of its users, or about 4.5 percent of its fixed-line customers. (Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Maria Sheahan) Barclays says it will complete its restructuring early LONDON (AP) — Barclays Group says it will complete its restructuring six months earlier than planned as it sheds risky assets and focuses on consumer, corporate and investment banking in New York and London. Thai editor has lese majeste jail sentence reduced BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court has upheld but reduced the jail sentence of a magazine editor who is currently the longest-serving prisoner convicted of lese majeste — insulting the monarchy. Pakistani official: Explosion kills 6 in city of Lahore LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani provincial minister says an explosion has killed six people in the eastern city of Lahore. Honda Classic only South Florida stop for PGA Tour PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — For golf fans of South Florida, the Honda Classic should not be missed this week. That's because for the first time since 1970, it will be the only time this year that the best in golf congregate in this part of the Sunshine State. Cambodia jails land rights activist for 2-1/2 years A Cambodian court convicted and sentenced a prominent land rights activist to 2-1/2 years in jail on Thursday for her role in a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence in 2013. Tep Vanny was found guilty of assaulting security guards while trying to deliver a petition to Hun Sen asking for assistance in a long-running land dispute. Eyewitness testimony that neither Vanny or other protesters were involved in any clash failed to sway Judge Long Kesphirum. Japan protests Russian military buildup plan in decades-old islands dispute Japan has protested to Russia over its plan to boost troop strength on disputed islands, Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday, the latest move in a territorial row that has overshadowed ties since World War Two. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference the government was closely monitoring Russia's actions and analyzing information. "If the move leads to the reinforcement of Russian military on the islands, it would be incompatible with Japan's stance and it is regrettable as they are inherently our territory," he said. AP Analysis: Why Venezuelans have lost hope life will change CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line — three times more than in 2014. Australia's highest-paid public servant quits $4.3M job CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest-paid public servant announced his resignation on Thursday, two weeks after a revelation that he made 5.6 million Australian ($4.3 million) last year sparked a public furor and created a political headache for the government. For naturalized Dalton, the puck stops in South Korea SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Growing up in rural southern Ontario, Matt Dalton never figured that his career path in professional hockey would take him to South Korea. Turkish military says 56 Islamic State militants killed in Syria Fifty-six Islamic State militants were killed by Turkey-backed forces around the Syrian town of al-Bab and by U.S.-led coalition air strikes in the latest operations on Wednesday, the Turkish military said on Thursday. Turkish artillery fire also hit 104 Islamic State targets, including buildings and bombed vehicles, the army said in a statement, reiterating it had largely established control in the residential areas of al-Bab. The Islamic State stronghold, 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, has been a prime target since Turkey launched an incursion with Syrian rebels last August to push the jihadists from its frontier and prevent gains by a Kurdish militia. Small earthquake shakes northwest Washington state (Reuters) - An 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck northwest Washington state on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was recorded 75 miles (120 km) west of Seattle, Washington at about 9 p.m. local time, according to the USGS website. "As my youngest said, it felt like the washer and dryer turned on," tweeted Megan Henry, a mother of three in nearby Tahuya, Washington. There were no initial reports of damage or casualties. No tsunami was expected, the National Weather Service said on Twitter. ... The Latest: Malaysia wants Interpol help on tracing suspects KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local): In Lebanon gyms, playtime and escape for Syrian children BEIRUT (AP) — Every Sunday, the gymnasium along Beirut's airport highway echoes with the shouting and laughter of dozens of Syrian children enjoying a rare escape from a grim and confined life in exile. US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zoo BEIJING (AP) — An American-born panda started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program. Three soldiers, civilian killed in militant attack in Indian Kashmir Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed when militants ambushed a patrol in South Kashmir early on Thursday, part of an upsurge of violence that has hit the restive northern region as it emerges from winter. An army and police party was returning from a village in the Shopian district of South Kashmir when it came under attack. "Around 2 in the night (2030 GMT), we woke up after hearing firing on the road," the son of the woman told Reuters Television. 3 Indian soldiers, Kashmir woman killed during rebel attack SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said on Thursday. 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