World News Briefs — October 2, 2019 (Evening Edition)

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Demonstrators disperse as Iraqi security forces use tear gas during a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Baghdad, Iraq October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Reuters: Gunfights rage in southern Iraq, protests spread nationwide

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq deployed counter-terrorism troops in the southern city of Nassiriya on Wednesday after police “lost control” when gunfights broke out between protesters and security forces, police sources said.

Curfews were later imposed in Nassiriya and two other southern cities, Amara and Hilla, the police sources told Reuters, as protests that began on Tuesday over unemployment, corruption and poor public services increased.

The elite counter-terrorism service was also deployed to Baghdad airport where its men fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters, preventing them from storming Baghdad airport.

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MIDDLE EAST

Iraqi police open fire to disperse new protests in Baghdad.

Iraq declares curfew in Baghdad until further notice: PM.

Exclusive: In Saudi Arabia, criticism of Crown Prince grows after attack.

Syria ‘safe zone’ deadline expires with Turkish threat looming.

Houthis welcome bin Salman’s remarks on Yemen war end.

Iran’s Rouhani blames Trump for failed France bid to initiate contact.

Khamenei: Iran will continue moving away from nuclear deal.

Brother of Iranian president sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu corruption hearings begin.

North Korea says successfully tested new submarine-launched ballistic missile: KCNA.

After 70th anniversary clashes, Hong Kong wakes up to more protests. Hong Kong: thousands protest over police shooting of teenager.

Hong Kong police groups call for tougher emergency powers as officers fire record numbers of tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and beanbag rounds.

China lashes out at US and Britain over support for Hong Kong’s ‘black mobs’.

Pakistan mediating Taliban-U.S. peace talks while fighting intensifies.

Philippine minister takes to Twitter to order diplomatic protest over Chinese ships.

North Korea fires suspected submarine missile, days before US talks.

North Korea presence on Hambak Island is violation, Seoul lawmaker says.

South Korea suspends Panmunjom tours in DMZ as part of efforts to contain African swine fever.

Four dead and two missing after Taiwan bridge collapse, with 10 hospitalised.

Malian army families demand answers after deadly raids against soldiers.

25 Malian soldiers killed in attack on two military camps.

Sudan’s transition: Residents say little has changed.

Islamist-inspired party head hits the streets in Tunisia elections.

Nigeria’s Buhari flies to S.Africa after xenophobic violence.

10-fold surge in S.Africa teens treated for HIV: study.

Zimbabwe anger over US diamond ban.

Harry and Meghan wrap up African tour.

UK Parliament would back Johnson’s Brexit plan -Gove.

Pompeo says ‘certainly some risk’ to economies if Brexit goes ahead.

British PM Boris Johnson makes ‘final’ Brexit offer. UK’s Boris Johnson sends last-gasp Brexit proposals to Brussels.

Ukraine, Russia agree to peace talks after 5 years of border conflict. Ukraine signs key agreement with pro-Russia separatists .

Ukraine’s nationalists rally against president over peace accord.

Ukrainian president: Trump didn’t use US military aid as lever.

Greece struggles to cope as migrant arrivals soar.

132,000 descendants of expelled Jews apply for Spanish citizenship.

French watchdog warns about govt plan to monitor social media for tax fraud.

French police hold ‘anger march’ over suicides and working conditions.

Impeachment standoff: Trump sees ‘hoax,’ Dems a stonewall.

Bernie Sanders, 78, is hospitalized for ‘chest discomfort’: Oldest 2020 candidate cancels events after having two stents inserted in a blocked artery – but is said to be in ‘good spirits’.

Trump: Democrats wasting time on ‘bulls—‘ with impeachment inquiry.

Trump administration calls impeachment inquiry ‘a coup’.

Pompeo confirms he was on Trump call with Ukraine president.

Peru vice president resigns; Congress suspends president.

The OAS ramps up regional pressure on Venezuela through the Rio Treaty.

Colombia spy chief quits over faulty dossier linking Venezuela to rebels.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Taliban, U.S. envoy in Pakistan to review broken peace talks.

Foreign Isis fighters in Syria ‘should face war crimes tribunal’ .

‘Islamic State’ returnees in Kosovo guided back into society.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall Street tumbles as trade war threatens U.S. economy.

Global stocks fall to lowest in month on U.S. growth worries.

US set to impose tariffs on $7.5bn of EU exports in Airbus row.

Restricting US capital flows into China could impact global markets, analysts warn.

Twitter hit with partial outage for much of early Wednesday.

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