World News Briefs -- March 8, 2019

People take part in a protest during a nationwide feminist strike on International Women's Day in Madrid, Spain, March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Reuters: Gender equality, rights on agenda on International Women's Day

LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigners for gender equality marked International Women’s Day on Friday with protests, discussion panels and walkouts as well as celebrations.

In one of the first protests of the day, several hundred women gathered in central Madrid around midnight to bang pots and pans and demand more rights for women in a society they say is still dominated by men.

Gender inequality has become a deeply divisive issue in Spain ahead of its April 28 parliamentary election. A new far-right party, Vox, which opinion polls show winning seats, has called for the scrapping of a landmark law on gender violence.

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New battle looms for Islamic State's last Syria enclave.

Russia, Turkey to start joint patrols in Syria’s Idlib.

Turkey and U.S. head for showdown over missile contracts.

Iraqi leader says foreign ISIL fighters may face death penalty.

19 million Yemeni children suffer malnutrition and illness.

Under threat of indictment, Netanyahu enters campaign's final weeks.

EU, Canada, Australia issue rare rebuke against Saudi Arabia at UN rights forum.


Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC with heavy shelling, Indian Army says.

Indian MiG-21 Bison crashes near Pakistani border.

US-Taliban talks: Two sides take a break amid bid for peace.

North Korea mentions summit failure in party newspaper.

Chinese media slams South Koreans for pollution 'blame game'.

Chinese exports fall amid weak demand, US tariffs.

US charges daughter of ex-Uzbek leader in near-$1 bn scheme.

Renewed calls for search mark MH370's 5-year anniversary.


Algerians gather in huge protest against Bouteflika.

Algerian president issues warning to protesters against his fifth term bid.

Guinea-Bissau to vote in hopes of ending long leadership deadlock.

Lack of leaders in Sudan's protests delays peace talks.

Congo's ex-leader Kabila's party to pick prime minister: sources.

Violence impeding Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola efforts, aid group says.

UN considering drawdown of DR Congo mission.


Finland's government resigns.

Theresa May to EU: Please help me get Brexit deal over the line.

'Let's get it done': May urges MPs to back her Brexit deal.

UK Foreign Office grants Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection.

Slovenia health minister quits in new blow to minority government.

Swiss won't help bring jihadist fighters home.

Estonian Reform Party to hold coalition talks with Fatherland, Social Democrats.


Trump says he hasn't discussed Manafort pardon, feels 'very badly' for him.

US economy adds just 20K jobs in February, far below expectations.

Venezuela: 'country has stopped' as blackout drags into second day.

US aid for Venezuela arrives in Colombia at Guaido's request.

Democrats including Ocasio-Cortez condemn US strategy on Venezuela.

U.S. presidential hopeful Warren wants breakup of Google, Facebook and Amazon.

Brazil President Bolsonaro accepts invitation to visit China: ambassador.


What’s the next step for ISIS? A top US general shares his prediction with lawmakers.

African terrorist groups ‘aren’t necessarily a threat to the homeland,’ AFRICOM leader says.

ISIL fighters' families struggle in Iraqi society.


EU official warns US could break global trading system.

Norway's $1 trillion wealth fund to remain invested in Big Oil stocks.

China backs Huawei not to be 'silent lamb' in US legal fight.

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