World News Briefs -- March 25, 2019 (Evening Edition)



Reutes: Israel, Hamas clash over Gaza, then truce reached

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel mounted air strikes on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza and deployed extra troops to the border on Monday in response to the longest-range Hamas rocket attack to cause casualties in years.

After a day of intense fighting across the border, Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire, Palestinian officials said. The border appeared to have calmed down by night-time.

“An agreement on a ceasefire was reached between Palestinian factions and Israel upon Egyptian mediation,” a senior Palestinian official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

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MIDDLE EAST

Israel hits targets across Gaza after rocket attack.

Israel mobilizes after Gaza rocket attack, escalation looms.

Rocket strikes house in central Israel. Israel rocket attack: Seven wounded north of Tel Aviv.

Israeli envoy: Trump will formally recognize Israel's control of Golan Heights on Monday.

Iran to cement ties with Lebanon, Hezbollah despite U.S. pressure.

US-allied Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State.

Trump hails fall of Islamic State 'caliphate' in Syria.

Millions displaced by four years of conflict in Yemen.

Turkish currency rebounds after worst drop since 2018 crash.

ASIA

China’s Xi sees honors, Airbus deal in state visit to France. Chinese President Xi Jinping meets French President Emmanuel Macron after a stop in Monaco.

US says China 'systematically' impedes Tibet access.

Afghanistan: US air strike kills civilians in Kunduz.

U.S. exchanges views on Afghanistan with Russia, China, EU.

North Korean officials return to inter-Korean liaison office days after US President Donald Trump’s decision not to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang. North Korean staff return to inter-Korean liaison office.

Thailand election result delayed with pro-junta party in lead. Thailand's pro-military party takes stunning election lead as opposition claims 'irregularities'.

Death toll from China chemical plant blast rises to 78.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces royal commission into Christchurch shootings.

AFRICA

Three rebel chiefs named 'advisers' to Central African government.

Algerian president's party rejects his protest strategy.

Mali sacks top army chiefs, dissolves militia after scores killed. Mali president sacks generals after deadly raids on ethnic villages.

UN makes urgent appeal to help victims of Mozambique cyclone.

Cyclone Idai death toll passes 750 with more than 110,000 now in camps.

Comoros election: Opposition members say polls unfair and rigged.

Algeria ruling party official says country needs a new president.

Ethiopia in talks with China to ease ‘serious debt pressure’ tied to New Silk Road rail link, envoy says.

Kenya: Nairobi sends trucks of food, water to drought-hit Turkana. Kenya drought: One million people at risk of starvation.

Chinese logging in African forests 'brazen and criminal'.

EUROPE

Kosovo PM fires deputy minister over comments about NATO.

Thousands protest against controversial EU internet law claiming it will enable online censorship.

UK leader meets Cabinet as she fights to stay in power.

Calls for May to resign heighten as possible 'no deal' Brexit draws near.

EU completes no-deal Brexit preparations.

French Yellow Vest protesters have calmer week.

REVEALED: French soldiers will be allowed to 'OPEN FIRE' if lives are threatened by Yellow Vest rioters this weekend as the military is drafted in to help 5,000 police on the streets of Paris.

Russia on Mueller report: 'It has proved what we already knew'.

'Historic day' - French-German parliament meets.

Nazi-hunting spy Rafi Eitan, who tracked down Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann, dies aged 92.

AMERICAS

Russia accuses US of orchestrating a coup in Venezuela after America warned it would not 'stand idly by' while Moscow sent Maduro military support.

Russian military officials arrive in Venezuela to discuss 'training and strategy'.

Second blackout in a month hits Venezuela, cutting power to Caracas.

Trump lashes out after Russia probe, cites 'treasonous' and 'evil' acts.

Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy in 2016 election. Mueller finds no Trump collusion, leaves obstruction open.

Mueller report: Trump triumphant after being cleared of collusion.


Democrats want to have their say on the Mueller probe.

Republican delight, Democrat dismay as Mueller details released.

Prince Charles lands in Cuba for historic visit.

Montreal Taxi drivers on strike Monday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

More than 9,000 foreign IS relatives in Syria camp: Kurdish official.

Syrian group wants international tribunal for IS detainees.

ISIS loses all territory, but its shadowy leader still at large.

The fall of the caliphate.

Bringing IS masses to justice poses quandaries.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

US stocks end choppy day mixed amid global growth jitters.

Apple is jumping belatedly into the streaming TV business.

Italy becomes first Western European nation to sign up for China’s belt and road plan.

'Coal is on the way out': study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind.

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal steps down amid crisis.

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