World News Briefs — February 7, 2019 (Evening Edition)

Iran’s Defence Minister Amir Hatami speaks during the unveiling ceremony at an exhibition in Tehran, Iran, February 2, 2019. Tasnim News Agency

Reuters: Iran reveals missile, shows off underground factory

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards inaugurated a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 km (621 miles), the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday, ignoring demands Western demands that Tehran halt its missile program.

Fars published pictures of an underground missile factory called “underground city”, saying the “Dezful” missile was a version of the Zolfaghar missile that has a 700 km range and a 450 kg (992 lb) warhead.

Iran says it has missiles with the range of up to 2,000 km, which puts Israel and U.S. military bases in the region within reach.

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MIDDLE EAST

IS down to less than 1% of original ‘caliphate’: coalition.

Syria war: Families and fighters flee IS’s last village.

Turkey’s Cavusoglu says work on Manbij plan has sped up.

By law or force: Iraq’s Shiite armed groups vow to oust US troops.

UN wants Yemen’s Huthis to stop blocking access to grain warehouse.

Images suggest Iran launched satellite despite US criticism.

Iran decrees mass pardon in honor of revolution anniversary.

Iran builds new secret missile site in Syria for Hezbollah.

Iran fails to launch second satellite – report.

Netanyahu channeling Trump in Israel’s election campaign.

Trump, Xi won’t meet before March 1 trade deadline.

Afghan Taliban: no date yet for U.S. troops drawdown.

U.N. report blames Taliban for landmine deaths, injuries in Afghanistan.

Trump-Kim summit venue shows possibility of moving beyond conflict: State Department.

N. Korea stays silent on second summit with U.S..

Wariness and hope in S. Korea over second Trump-Kim summit.

US trade deficit with China narrows, as effects of trade war-induced export front-loading begin to fade.

Foreign aid groups accuse Indian government of impeding work.

Sri Lanka to resume executions of drug convicts: Sirisena.

India man to sue parents for giving birth to him.

South Africa’s Ramaphosa pledges to fix economy as election looms.

Shabaab assassinates more high-ranking Somali military personnel.

France attacks convoy in Chad. Chad president says rebel convoy ‘destroyed’.

US cuts military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns.

West stirring up unrest in Zimbabwe to ‘force regime change’ – briefing.

Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir vows to release detained reporters.

Senegal currency tops agenda for presidential election debate.

Central African peace deal still not fully signed: minister.

Sierra Leone’s president declares ‘rape scourge’ a national emergency.

In Brussels, EU gives May glimpse of Brexit hope.

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble.

Diplomat promises tit-for-tat response if US ramps up containment of Russia.

Further EU-UK Brexit negotiations to take place.

EU slashes 2019 growth forecast.

Ukrainian Parliament passes constitutional amendment to reflect EU, NATO aspirations.

France recalling ambassador from Rome after Italy’s deputy PM meets Yellow Vest leaders.

Spanish PM travels to Strasbourg to ‘defend’ country’s judiciary.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau under fire over claim he pressured justice minister to intervene in SNC-Lavalin fraud case.

U.S. border security talks progressing: negotiators.

Senate panel votes to advance nomination of William Barr, Trump’s pick to be the next attorney general.

Trump lashes out as Democrats open probes into his taxes, Russia ties.

Trump to make last-ditch wall pitch on U.S.-Mexico border.

Óscar Arias, former Costa Rican president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, accused of sexual offenses.

Venezuelan troops blockade bridge to stop aid from Colombia.

Maduro’s evacuation from Venezuela not on Kremlin’s agenda, says Putin’s spokesman.

Mexico’s disappeared: 40,000 missing.

Brazil court hands ex-President Lula second jail term.

Diplomats sue Canada over ‘Havana Syndrome’ from sonic attacks.

Canada opens doors to some 750 ex-slaves from Libya.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US-German tensions spike over terror suspect dispute.

New Saudi study: Millennial jihadis educated, not outcasts.

Pentagon officials: Syria withdrawal heightens ISIS risks.

US says it won’t cede leadership of ISIS fight despite Syria withdrawal.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall Street slides on renewed U.S.-China trade fears.

Trump, Xi unlikely to meet before March 1 trade deadline: U.S. officials.

Facebook ordered by Germany to gather and mix less data.

Gucci withdraws $890 jumper after blackface backlash.

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