World News Briefs -- March 6, 2019

A soldier said to be from US.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces is seen firing a rifle from a rooftop towards IS targets in Baghouz, Syria, in this screen grab taken from video said to be shot March 4, 2019, and uploaded to social media website on March 5, 2019. Social Media Website/ via REUTERS

Reuters: Hundreds of Islamic State fighters give up in east Syria

NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrendered on Wednesday and hundreds more of their jihadist comrades were caught trying to escape the hardline group’s last, tiny scrap of land in eastern Syria, said a commander in the militia besieging it.

Islamic State fighters holed up in the enclave at Baghouz near the Iraqi border have been giving up in large numbers this week following a ferocious assault on their enclave on Saturday and Sunday, though it is unclear how many more remain inside.

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Dying IS 'caliphate' empties itself of last survivors.

Syria force nets 400 jihadists trying to flee enclave.

Turkey says it will stage raids with Iran against Kurdish rebels.

Yazidis demand Iraq actively search for their missing persons.

Iraq tortured alleged IS children to coerce confessions: Human Rights Watch.

Jordan jails 2 over attempt to attack Israeli forces.

Israel brands Hamas TV channel terrorist organisation.

Guardian: Rumours of rift between Saudi King Salman and MBS.


India says Pakistan violated cease-fire with new attacks.

Chinese envoy in Islamabad as Beijing tries to mediate in Pakistan-India crisis.

China tells US to mind its own business after Italy is warned not to join Belt and Road Initiative.

Russia, North Korea 'struggling' with sanctions, Moscow official says.

UN: North Korea's food harvest lowest in a decade.

16 dead in attack on Afghan construction company.

No blind trust in Taliban talks: John Bolton.

China denies block on Canadian canola firm is retaliation for Sabrina Meng Wanzhou case.

China says it will ensure foreign companies’ tech secrets are protected.


Algeria police brace for further anti-Bouteflika demos.

US and EU back Algeria protests.

Cameroon opposition leader's detention 'not political': government.

Tunisia sets dates for autumn elections.

Nairobi airport strike turns violent; flights halted.

South Sudan's President calls for no revenge attacks.

Nigeria struggles to rescue 20,000 girls from Mali sex trade.


Brexit in 23 days: EU says still 'no solution' in negotiations.

EU declares migration crisis over as it hits out at 'fake news'.

NATO seeks to bolster Ukraine defences amid 'Russian aggression'.

Germany warns of travel to Turkey after minister threatens 'terrorists,' 'traitors'.

Putin: Russia foiled work of almost 600 spies.

Russia passes law to jail people for 15 days for 'disrespecting' government.

France Chiolo stabbing: Guards protest after jail 'terror attack'.


US Border Patrol: 300 percent spike in family apprehensions creates 'humanitarian crisis.

Nielsen defends Trump's border emergency declaration.

Ready to inhale: Democratic 2020 contenders embrace marijuana legalization.

U.S. budget deficit widens 77 percent.

Venezuela orders German ambassador to leave.

Former Trudeau aide at centre of scandal denies he pressured ex-minister.

Brazil leader Jair Bolsonaro criticised over obscene video on Twitter.


EU court rejects Hamas appeal to delist terrorist status.

IS-linked children detained in Iraq ‘being tortured’ - HRW.

Man who plotted truck attack on London's Oxford St jailed for life.


US trade deficit surges to 10-year high; a record gap with China.

Report: Asia leads world in making billionaires.

Saudi app used to track women 'not against' Google rules.

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