World News Briefs — May 9, 2019 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Trump urges Iran to talk over nuclear program, cannot rule out military action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday urged Iran’s leadership to sit down and talk with him about giving up Tehran’s nuclear program and said he could not rule out a military confrontation given the heightened tensions between the two countries.

At an impromptu news conference at the White House, Trump declined to say what prompted him to deploy the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier group to the region over what was described as unspecified threats.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syrian troops capture strategic town from rebels: Residents.

Civilians pay the price as Syrian-Russian forces pound Idlib.

Civilians fear ‘mass extermination’ as bloody assault on Idlib intensifies .

Trump extends sanctions against Syria for another year.

‘Call me,’ Trump tells Iran as tensions flare.

US sanctions to hit Iran’s metals industry, a major employer.

Iran FM demands EU ‘uphold obligations’ in nuclear deal.

EU, 3 nations reject Iran demands over nuclear deal, U.S. sanctions.

US official urges GCC unity to combat ‘threat posed by Iran’.

World watches warily as Iran scales back nuclear deal.

US aircraft carrier passes Suez Canal on Iran deployment.

Jordan approves third cabinet reshuffle in less than a year.

ASIA

US seizes N.Korea freighter accused of violating sanctions.

North Korea fires short-range missiles as US envoy visits the South.

Pro-North Korea newspaper warns of ‘nuclear confrontation’ if negotiations fail.

‘Won’t capitulate’: China warns as Trump threatens new tariffs.

US-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with ‘some progress’: Taliban.

Sri Lankan Muslims fear for safety after Easter Sunday attacks.

Pro-military government likely in Thailand despite democratic front’s election dominance.

Singapore passes controversial anti-fake news law.

Australia’s A$50 note misspells responsibility.

AFRICA

South Africa’s ruling ANC holds onto lead in national vote.

Libya’s eastern government says it won’t rule by force.

Libya’s Haftar in second Cairo trip since Tripoli offensive.

United Nations says 443 died in Libya since offensive began against Tripoli in last month.

Refugees suffer as Libya’s civil war rages on.

South Sudan president: Delay unity government formation by a year.

US wants to see movement towards unity government in South Sudan.

Algerian state TV presenter ‘sacked’ over protest support.

German parliament extends army’s Africa missions.

‘Don’t challenge us to a duel’ Nigerian police advise public.

Togo changes law to let president stand for two more terms.

EUROPE

EU leaders commit to unity despite major divisions.

Russia marks Victory Day with military parade in Moscow.

Putin promises to uphold Russia’s defense at Victory Day parade.

Putin takes part in Immortal Regiment march in Moscow.

Europe rejects Iran ‘ultimatums’ on nuclear deal.

Montenegro jails ‘Russian coup plot’ leaders.

EU leaders discuss future of Europe at Romania summit.

Northern Ireland police arrest 4 for death of reporter Lyra McKee.

Pope Francis orders bishops to report sex abuse, allows direct complaints to Vatican.

AMERICAS

Trump says ‘open to talk’ to Iran, condemns Kerry.

Trump ‘surprised’ Senate intelligence subpoenaed his son.

Key GOP senator says Intel subpoena to Trump Jr. ‘smacks of politics’.

Dem spending bill would block funds to support nuclear sales to Saudis.

Venezuela’s Maduro tightens pressure on opposition.

Supporters of Maduro and Guaido clash at Venezuelan embassy in US.

Venezuela’s opposition vow to defy Maduro after key figure detained.

Brazil court orders ex-president Temer back to jail in corruption probe.

Emergency in Paraguay after flooding from torrential rains.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Islamic State claims attack on DR Congo military base near Kamango.

2 civilians dead in Libya attack claimed by IS.

Damascus takes key town from jihadists: monitor.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Stocks end lower ahead of US-China trade war deadline.

US blocks China Mobile, citing national security.

Amazon’s Bezos unveils lunar lander project ‘Blue Moon’.

Trade war: Trump says China ‘broke the deal’ in trade talks.

Trade war: China-US talks to resume amid threat of new tariffs.

‘Zuckerberg’s power is unprecedented and un-American’: Facebook CO-FOUNDER says the social network’s boss is too powerful and the government should break up ‘dangerous’ tech giant.

In Wall Street debut, Uber set to turn a corner.

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