World News Briefs -- March 26, 2019

BBC: Algeria army urges removal of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algeria's army chief of staff has demanded President Abdelaziz Bouteflika be declared unfit to rule after weeks of protests against him.

"We must find a way out of this crisis immediately, within the constitutional framework," Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah said in a speech on television.

The president has already agreed not to stand for a fifth term in upcoming elections, which have been delayed.

But demonstrators accuse him of a ploy to prolong his 20-year rule.

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Israel on alert after airstrikes on Gaza.

Back in Israel, PM consults with military on Gaza violence.

UN warns Gaza violence could turn catastrophic.

'It's not about the Benjamins,' Netanyahu says of U.S. support for Israel.

US hits Iran Guard finance network with sanctions.

Turkey court opens espionage trial of US consulate staffer.

Death toll ticks up to 25 in widespread Iran flooding.


Thailand parties manoeuvre for position amid election confusion.

Thailand election: Evidence of ‘irregularities’ says ex-PM Thaksin.

Russia, China sent home more than half of North Korean workers in 2018 - U.N. reports.

Xi says cooperation is mainstream in China-Europe ties.

Top Chinese leader backs crackdown on Uighurs.

Pakistan orders custody for Hindu girls at center of quarrel with India.

Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images.


Algeria army chief demands Bouteflika be declared unfit to rule. Algerian army chief wants president declared unfit to lead.

Southern Africa leaders back Western Sahara at 'historic' talks.

UN sends team to probe Mali massacre.

Comoros awaits results of divisive poll.

Nigeria voters 'threatened' in delayed poll.

‘Second disaster’ warned in Mozambique as cholera a concern.

Kenya plans to close world's biggest refugee camp Dadaab: document.


Xi, Merkel, Macron and Juncker meet in Paris.

EU leaders hold out olive branch to Chinese ‘rival’ by saying they want active role in Belt and Road Initiative.

UK government defiant as Parliament takes control of Brexit.

Tory rebels asked by No 10 if they would back Brexit deal if May quit.

EU ignores US calls to ban Huawei in 5G cyber blueprint.

Spain: FBI was offered stolen data from NKorea embassy raid.

EU strengthens copyright laws for news publishers, content creators.

EU Parliament votes to end daylight savings.


Donald Trump and allies ready to turn tables on opponents and media after delivery of Mueller report.

Neighboring nations grapple with diplomatic fallout from Venezuela power struggle.

Mexico demands apology from Spain and the Vatican over conquest.

As new blackout hits, Venezuelans brace for more hardship.

Venezuela: call for calm amid blackouts and anti-Maduro protests.

Stun-gun kidnapping of Chinese student alarms Canada.

Canada grants asylum to family who sheltered Edward Snowden.


IS jihadists kill 7 US-backed fighters in Syria.

Islamic State group: Syria's Kurds call for international tribunal.

U.S. Supreme Court backs Sudan in USS Cole bombing lawsuit.


Google condemns new EU copyright laws which force tech giants such as YouTube and Facebook to compensate artists and musicians - and warns it will hurt Europe.

Apple unveils TV streaming service, credit card and Apple News+.

French Muslims sue Facebook, YouTube over Christchurch footage.

Supply concerns drive oil prices up after four days of losses.

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