QWorld: US Show of Force Against N. Korea, Air Strikes in Libya
The Quint’s morning compilation of news headlines from all over the world.
1. US Flies B-52 Bomber Over South Korea After North’s Nuclear Test
The US deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea on Sunday, in a show of force following North Korea’s nuclear test last week. Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un maintained that Wednesday’s test was of a hydrogen bomb and said it was a self-defensive step against a US threat of nuclear war.
2. Air Strikes Reported Near Sirte in Libya
Unidentified aircraft attacked an ISIS convoy on Sunday near the Libyan city of Sirte, a resident told Reuters. The coastal city has been controlled for months by the militant group, which has used it as a base from which to try to expand its presence in Libya.
3. Arab Foreign Ministers Accuse Iran of Undermining Regional Security
Arab foreign ministers condemned attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran and warned on Sunday that the country would face wider opposition if it continued its “interference” in the internal affairs of Arab states.
4. Sean Penn Helped Mexican Drug Lord’s Capture: Sources
A secretive meeting that Hollywood star Sean Penn orchestrated with Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman in a jungle hideout late last year helped Mexico’s government catch the world’s most wanted drug lord, sources said.
5. Bombs Laid by ISIS Hamper Iraqi Troops in Ramadi After Victory
ISIS militants left Ramadi’s streets and buildings boobytrapped with bombs, hampering efforts to rebuild the city, two weeks after Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces claimed victory against the militant group there, officials said.
6. Afghan Forces Retake Northern District From Taliban
Afghan security forces have retaken a district in the north of the country, killing 30 Taliban fighters and capturing vehicles and weapons from the insurgents, the defense ministry said on Sunday. The recapture is a boost for the government forces that have struggled to contain the spreading Taliban insurgency since international troops wound up most combat operations at the end of 2014.
7. Growing Scale of Cologne Attacks Stokes German Debate on Migrants
Attacks on women in Cologne and other German cities on New Year’s Eve have prompted more than 600 criminal complaints, with police suspicion resting on asylum seekers, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel and her open door migrant policy.
8. Saudi Arabia, Iran Say Dispute Won’t Affect Syria Talks
Saudi Arabia and Iran said on Sunday that an escalating dispute between the two countries would not affect international efforts to end the war in Syria, even as a large Syrian rebel group cast doubt on the United Nations-led peace process.
9. Four-Country Talks on Taliban to Begin in Pakistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US are set to begin talks on Monday aimed at restarting the Afghan peace process and eventually ending 14 years of bloodshed fighting the Taliban insurgents.
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