World News Briefs — August 11, 2019 (Evening Edition)

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, August 14, 2019. Official President website/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: Iran says top waterways won’t be as safe if its oil exports cut to zero

GENEVA (Reuters) – If Iran’s oil exports are cut to zero, international waterways will not have the same security as before, its president said on Wednesday, cautioning Washington against raising pressure on Tehran in an angry confrontation between the longtime foes.

The comment by President Hassan Rouhani coincided with a remark by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that Tehran might act “unpredictably” in response to “unpredictable” U.S. policies under President Donald Trump.

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey says all its observation posts in Syria will remain in place, support to continue.

Syria regime forces take full control of key town: monitor.

Assad announces military, political changes.

Deadline extended for unregistered Syrians to leave Istanbul.

Iran’s Zarif warns U.S. that Tehran may also act ‘unpredictably’.

New explosion rocks arms depot north of Iraqi capital.

Iraqi paramilitary force accuses US and Israel of military base attacks.

US military drone shot down over Yemen.

Australia joins US-led naval mission in Strait of Hormuz.

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan.

Incarcerated Kashmir separatists urge public march over loss of autonomy.

India accused of indiscriminately shelling in Pakistan’s Kashmir. Fresh Kashmir border clashes leave several dead.

Hong Kong protesters clash with police, angry at lack of prosecutions after subway mob attack.

Hong Kong protesters clash with riot police at metro station.

China’s army may enter Hong Kong to ‘quell’ pro-democracy protests, adviser to Carrie Lam warns.

Hong Kong protests could hammer city’s economy, Bank of East Asia warns, as its profit falls 75 per cent in first half.

Beijing confirms detention of official from British consulate in Hong Kong.

S. Korea, Japan hold talks amid high tensions over trade, history.

Death toll from Afghan wedding blast rises to 80: officials.

Indonesia sends more troops to quell fresh Papua unrest.

Sudan’s Hamdok takes office as new prime minister, vows to tackle conflicts and economy.

Deadly airstrikes and drone hits displace thousands of civilians in Libya oasis town.

Somalia regional election raises national, east African tensions.

New ruling body ushers in Sudan’s complex shift to civilian rule. Sudan: Civilian-majority ruling council sworn in.

Presidents of Rwanda and Uganda sign pact to ease tensions.

UN backs out of torture conference in Egypt after pressure from rights groups.

Ebola spreads to remote, militia-run Congo territory.

‘Major milestone’: Africa on brink of eliminating polio.

Putin says deadly military accident occurred during weapons systems test.

Putin says U.S. is able to deploy new cruise missile in Europe.

Italy’s PD opens door to possible 5-Star government, sets conditions.

Danish PM ‘surprised and disappointed’ over cancelled Trump visit.

Greece pledges no help for Iranian tanker after U.S. warning.

Russia disappointed by US missile testing, which aggravates global security situation – Putin.

After Germany hints at compromise, France tells UK: no new Brexit deal.

Brexit: Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel to face off over stalemate. Merkel gives Johnson 30 days to find solution to avoid no-deal Brexit.

‘We won’t be steam-rolled’: Ireland’s deputy PM rules out bilateral talks with UK.

Trump, France’s Macron discuss G-7 ahead of annual meeting.

Trump and Macron agree that Russia should be invited to next year’s G7 conference, senior admin official says. Trump says appropriate to let Russia join G7.

Italian politicians launch bid to keep new elections, Salvini at bay.

Trump says he is seriously looking at ending birthright citizenship.

Trump postpones meeting with Denmark’s leader over Greenland comments.

Trump doubles down on Jewish controversy.

US moves to abolish child migrant custody limits.

Trump, Maduro confirm ‘secret’ contact over Venezuela crisis.

The Dominican Republic says it took down the country’s largest drug trafficking gang — and caught 2 former MLB players in the process.

Mexican court says cocaine use is legal — for two people.

Canada’s Trudeau says won’t back down in dispute with China, urges restraint in Hong Kong.

Liberals unhurt, Tories not helped by scathing SNC-Lavalin report: poll.

Brazil forest fires rage as farmers push into the Amazon.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Trump says other countries need to fight Islamic State.

Trump calls on other nations to take up fight against ISIS.

Former CIA director: We are not protected from ISIS.

China reveals new counterterrorism unit in Xinjiang.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall Street rises as Target, Lowe’s results point to consumer confidence.

U.S. is now largest oil… and gas producer in the world.

Donald Trump dismisses economy slowdown concerns.

US deficit estimated to hit $1 trillion for 2020, CBO says.