World News Briefs -- July 12, 2018 (Evening Edition)

BBC: Deraa, birthplace of Syria uprising, retaken by government forces

Syrian government forces are retaking control of the rebel-held part of Deraa, the birthplace of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

Troops, accompanied by Russian military police, entered the area and raised the national flag, state media reported.

Rebels there have reportedly agreed to surrender in return for an amnesty or safe passage to the rebel-held north.

The army has recaptured large swathes of Deraa's surrounding province since launching a major offensive on 19 June.

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Iraqis protest at oilfields to call for jobs and basic services.

Court defers decision on Israeli demolition of West Bank village.

Turkey detains three French over alleged PKK links: report.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges support for crown prince's reforms.


U.S. accuses North Korea of U.N. sanctions breach, demands end to fuel sales.

Trump hails progress after receiving note from North Korea's Kim.

China says 'bully' United States started a trade war.

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Peace in Afghanistan more elusive as Taliban shrug off talks.

US asks UN to cut off oil products to North Korea.

South Korea wants formal end to the Korean War this year.

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Chinese media decry Trump trade policy as 'crazy,' blames 'America first'.

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Japan floods: Death toll rises to 200, as UN offers assistance.

Pakistan election: Bhutto outlines 'peaceful, progressive' vision.


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C.Africa rejects Russia mediation bid with rebels.

Donald Trump vows to end Africa's 'vicious' conflicts.

South Sudan president's term extended. S.Sudan MPs extend interim government's mandate for 3 years.

Sudan extends ceasefire with rebels until year-end - statement.

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Libyan commander wanted by ICC 'escapes prison'.

Kenyans call foul after MPs go to World Cup at taxpayers' expense.

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Greece, Turkey agree to focus on reducing Aegean tensions: Greek PM.

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Germany must do more, says Merkel after 'intense' NATO summit.

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In Brussels, Mike Pompeo gives EU a Twitter lecture on Iran.

Italy downplays German promises for migration deal.

Czech communists return to government as power brokers.

Spain to outlaw groups honoring dictator Francisco Franco.

German court allows extradition of former Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont.


U.S. senators blast Trump on trade, vow to press for change in policy.

FBI agent angrily rejects charges of bias at chaotic hearing.

Trudeau, Trump talk trade during sideline meeting at NATO summit.

US says all eligible youngest children, families reunited.

Colombia, U.S., Mexico, Panama seek to combat Venezuelan corruption.

Nicaragua unrest death toll rises before new protests.

El Salvador government rejects court ruling on kidnapped envoy.

Haiti should make plan to gradually lower fuel subsidies: IMF.

OPEC data show Venezuela oil output in free fall.

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U.S. Justice Dept to appeal approval of AT&T acquisition of Time Warner.

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Facebook ruling: German court grants parents rights to dead daughter's account.

Twitter begins killing millions of inactive, suspicious accounts.

Foreign investment in US down sharply.

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