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June 17th, 2019 - Daily News Brief

*)Hong Kong democracy activist freed from jail Democracy activist Joshua Wong was released from prison after serving five weeks for contempt of court. Wong, who became the face of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, vowed to join mass protests demanding that the city’s China-backed leader, Carrie Lam, steps down. His release comes a day after organisers of the protest said almost two million black-clad people joined Sunday's march to government offices. *)Saudi Arabia blames Iran for tanker...


June 14th, 2019 - Daily News Brief

*)US accuses Iran of taking mine off tanker; Iran denies involvement We start in the Gulf of Oman, where an attack on two oil tankers drove up oil prices and raised concerns of a fresh US-Iran flare-up The US military released a video saying it shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing a mine from the Japanese-owned oil tanker. *)Iran has denied involvement. It’s not clear what befell the tankers, both of which experienced explosions, forcing crews to abandon ship. *)Johnson tops first-round...


June 13th, 2019 - Daily News Brief

*)Attacks violate reported Russia-Turkey ceasefire in Idlib We begin in Syria where Turkey’s defense ministry says a Turkish observation post in Idlib province was attacked. The shells fired from areas under the Syrian regime come after Russian media reported Turkey and Russia brokered a complete ceasefire in Idlib. But intensive shelling by Russian-backed regime forces continued to target Idlib and Hama countrysides after midnight, according to a war monitor. *)Two oil tankers struck in...


June 12th, 2019 - Daily News Brief

*)Protests against extradition bill paralyse Hong Kong A massive protest forced the Hong Kong government to delay a debate on a controversial extradition bill. Thousands of protesters took over a major downtown road and tussled with the police outside the government HQ. The bill would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial, heightening fears of greater Chinese control on the semi-autonomous territory. *)UN Security Council condemns violence in Sudan The United Nations Security...


June 11th, 2019 - Daily News Brief

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Gunmen massacre at least 95 people in Mali, and Semenya makes the preliminary squad for South Africa. This is TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Tuesday, June 11th. Gunmen massacre at least 95 people in Mali Nearly 100 people were killed in an attack on a central Mali village, authorities said on Monday. The massacre, targeting the Dogon community, bore the hallmarks of tit-for-tat ethnic attacks seen recently in Mali. It comes less than three months after nearly 160...


June 10th, 2019 - Daily News Brief

*)Four killed on first day of ‘civil disobedience’ in Sudan A doctors’ committee linked to the protests in Sudan said four people were killed on Sunday as troops moved to quell a civil disobedience campaign. Opposition groups had called a general strike for the start of the workweek, demanding justice and civilian rule. Talks between protest leaders and military rulers broke down after security forces raided a sit-in, killing dozens last week. *)Hong Kong leader signals extradition bill will...


June 7th, 2019 - Daily News Brief

*)AU suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority established The African Union has suspended Sudan until the country’s return to civilian rule. The ruling military’s brutal crackdown on a sit-in in Khartoum killed more than 100 people, a doctors’ group said. Protesters who have vowed to continue a campaign of civil disobedience demand a transition to civilian power and justice for the deaths. *)British PM May quits, kicking off succession race It is British Prime Minister Theresa May’s...


June 6th, 2019 - Daily News Brief

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Sudan death toll crosses 100, protesters say, and Sharma guides India to opening World Cup win. This is TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Thursday, June 6th. Sudan protesters say death toll cross 100 Sudan’s protest organisers rejected the ruling military’s offer for talks after doctors said the death toll for a crackdown crossed 100. Security forces moved in on Monday to brutally disperse a protest, demanding an end to military rule. Rights groups said the...


June 4th, 2019 - Daily News Brief

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Sudan military crackdown leaves dozens dead, and iTunes to bite the dust as Apple replaces it with three separate apps. This is TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Tuesday, June 4th. UNSC to discuss Sudan military crackdown The UN Security Council will discuss Sudan after the ruling military’s deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Sudanese troops opened fire and killed more than 35 people at the sit-in in Khartoum on Monday, witnesses said. The military council...


June 3, 2019 - Daily News Brief

TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Monday, June 3: *)Sudan military rulers use force to clear sit-in We begin in Sudan’s capital where at least five people were killed as troops raided a long-running sit-in outside the army HQ. Explosions and gunfire were heard in Khartoum as witnesses reported smoke rising from the area. Protesters are demanding the ruling military hand over power to civilians. *)Car bomb kills at least 14 in Syria’s Azaz A car bomb killed at least 14 people and wounded...


May 31, 2019 - Daily News Brief

NEWSREADER INTRO: This is TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Friday, May 31st. Mexico hit with tariffs until ‘immigration problem remedied’ US President Donald Trump vowed to impose a tariff on all goods coming from Mexico unless illegal immigration is stemmed. Starting at 5 percent on June 10, the tariffs will increase to as much as 25 percent by October. The announcement came as Trump kick-started the formal process to ratify a trade deal with Mexico and Canada. Saudi King Salman urges firm...


May 30, 2019 - Daily News Brief

NEWSREADER INTRO: This is TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Thursday, May 30th. Mueller declines to clear Trump Special Counsel Robert Mueller said his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election was never going to end with criminal charges against President Donald Trump. Mueller said Justice Department policy prevented him from bringing charges against a sitting president. Contrary to the president’s claims, Mueller did not clear Trump of obstruction of justice. He said it was the...


May 29, 2019 - Daily News Brief

NEWSREADER INTRO: This is TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Wednesday, May 29th. Regime air strikes kill 24 civilians in Syria Syrian regime air strikes killed at least 24 civilians in Idlib, the last opposition stronghold, and its surrounding areas. First responders White Helmets said one of their bases and a hospital in Aleppo were also bombed. The UN warned further attacks will hamper aid efforts in the populous region. Turkey launches anti-terror operation in Iraq Turkey’s armed forces...


May 28, 2019 - Daily News Brief

Two dead after Japan mass stabbing A man with a knife in each hand went on a rampage in Japan, killing two, including a 12-year-old schoolgirl. The attack took place in the south of Tokyo and injured more than a dozen people, mostly elementary schoolgirls. The attacker then stabbed himself in the neck and died in the hospital. Trump's visit gives Japan brief reprieve on trade US President Donald Trump has wrapped up his four-day state visit to Japan with promises on trade deals. Pointing to...


May 27, 2019 - Daily News Brief

NEWSREADER INTRO: This is TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Monday, May 27th. Pro-European parties retain firm grip on EU parliament Europe’s mainstream centre-right and centre-left parties have lost their combined majority in the bloc's 751-seat parliament, provisional results suggest. The far-right in Italy, Britain, France and Poland have come out on top in national votes but failed to make dramatic gains in the European Parliament. Liberals and Greens in Germany, France, Britain and other...


May 24, 2019 - Daily News Brief

TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Friday, May 24: *)Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 jets to remain grounded The Federal Aviation Administration says Boeing's 737 MAX 8 jets will remain grounded until all safety analyses are completed. No timetable was given at a meeting with aviation regulators from more than 30 countries, who are waiting for final FAA approval. Two fatal crashes in five months led to a global grounding of the plane. *)US files fresh charges against Assange The US Justice Department filed...


May 23, 2019 - Daily News Brief

TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Thursday, May 23: *)BJP alliance wins majority – unofficial results India’s Narendra Modi will remain in power after unofficial results show him winning by a landslide in India’s election. His BJP party contested this year’s polls by leading an alliance with 41 other parties. The alliance is also on track to win a large majority of seats in parliament. *)Syrian regime kills 23 civilians in Idlib The Syrian regime has killed at least 23 civilians in its latest...


May 22, 2019 - Daily News Brief

TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Wednesday, May 22: *)US suspects Assad forces using chemical weapons The US says Syria's regime may be using chemical weapons in northwest Syria. The State Department warns that it will respond with force if this is proven to be true. A violent campaign by Assad forces is underway in Idlib and Hama provinces. The onslaught violates a ceasefire that's protected millions of civilians. *)Protests held across US against abortion bans Protests are being held in...


May 21, 2019 - Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief for Tuesday, May 21st: *)New Zealand charges Tarrant with terrorism Police in New Zealand have charged the man who carried out the Christchurch shootings with "engaging in a terrorist act". Brenton Tarrant, a self-confessed white supremacist, already faces 51 murder and 40 attempted murder charges for the March massacre. The Australian opened fire on worshippers at two mosques during Friday prayers and livestreamed his attack on social media. *)Maduro proposes early...


May 20, 2019 - Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief for Monday, May 20th: *)US trumpets war with Iran US President Donald Trump has threatened an official end to Iran if the Islamic Republic chooses to fight. The latest tweet comes after Trump had downplayed a potential military conflict, saying he hoped there would not be a war. Iran describes the US moves that include tightened economic sanctions and a military build up in the region as "psychological warfare" and a "political game." *)India wraps up mammoth election Exit...