World News Briefs — July 6, 2018

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Reuters: No breakthrough in nuclear talks as Iran demands more after U.S. exit

VIENNA (Reuters) – World powers and Iran appeared to make no concrete breakthrough on Friday in talks to provide Tehran with an economic package to compensate for U.S. sanctions that begin taking effect in August.

Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia met their Iranian counterpart in Vienna for the first time since U.S. President Donald Trump left a nuclear accord in May, but diplomats had seen limited scope for salvaging it.

Trump pulled the United States out of the multinational deal under which sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Washington has since told countries they must stop buying the OPEC producer’s oil from Nov. 4 or face financial consequences.

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MIDDLE EAST

Rebels in southern Syria ‘reach ceasefire deal’ with Russia.

Torrent of airstrikes pound southern Syria, displacing over 300,000. Thousands more flee ‘earth-shattering’ bombs in Syria’s Deraa.

Iran says EU economic proposal to save nuclear deal not enough.

Iran threatens to block Strait of Hormuz over US oil sanctions.

World powers back Iran oil exports despite US sanctions threat.

Turkey seeks to detain 271 military for alleged coup ties.

Expanded powers for Erdogan as Turkey enters new era.

Princes and top officials remain jailed in Saudi Arabia: report.

Pompeo visits North Korea to press Kim on Trump nuclear deal. Pompeo in N. Korea to seek ‘details’ on denuclearisation.

US says no softening in stand as envoy heads to North Korea.

New U.S. ambassador to South Korea begins term in Seoul.

South Korea worried about risk of U.S.-China trade dispute.

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Malaysia halts $22bn in China-backed deals.

Diver dies in rescue operation to free boys from Thailand cave.

Death toll rises after tourist boats capsize off Thailand. Phuket boat capsize in rough seas leaves 33 dead, more than 20 missing.

Japanese cult leader Shoko Asahara executed for Tokyo sarin attack.

France girds for long fight against Islamists in Africa’s Sahel.

Amnesty International urges UN to impose arms embargo on S. Sudan.

19 killed in S. Sudan’s Eastern Lakes state attack: official.

Fighting between Somalia’s al Shabaab and clan militias leave 17 dead.

EU slams UAE retaliatory acts against Somalia over Gulf crisis.

Former top officials in Sierra Leone arrested for corruption.

Mozambique airline sackings after PM Rosário stranded.

Brexit: May bids to unite cabinet behind plan.

Moscow using UK as dumping ground for poison, says Sajid Javid.

German coalition drops plan for migrant holding centres.

Germans unhappy with Merkel government amid migration spat.

Italy’s Salvini vows to end migrant arrivals by boat.

Europe: Moves to further limit refugee flow prompt concern.

Macedonia’s parliament endorses name deal with Greece for second time.

US trade deficit hits 18-month low on record exports in May.

Immigration top issue for U.S. voters, economy a close second: Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Ahead of summit, US lawmakers worry over what Trump will say to Putin.

Trump administration extends special immigration status for Yemen citizens in US.

Mexican leader to invite Trump to inauguration, signals shift on Venezuela.

Maduro warns Venezuela army over Trump’s ‘invasion’ plans.

Baltimore: hospital evacuated due to tuberculosis threat – reports.

At least 24 dead in explosions at Mexican fireworks shops.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Islamic State awakens sleeper cells in Iraq’s Kirkuk.

Paris attacks suspect linked to IS Jordan pilot killing.

More than 10 percent of Americans charged with supporting ISIS served in military.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

There are fears about an oil spike above $150.

China proposes stronger ties with EU to counter US trade threats.

US jobs growth stronger than expected.

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