World News Briefs — November 7, 2019

Al Jazeera: US warns Iran is preparing a ‘nuclear breakout’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounces Iranian ‘extortion’ and demands world powers act on nuclear deal breaches.

The United States has accused Iran of preparing “a rapid nuclear breakout” after it began pumping uranium gas into hundreds of centrifuges, another step that violates the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the comments on Thursday, after Iran stepped up activity at its underground Fordow nuclear plant. He warned against Tehran’s “violence and terror” and urged the international community to take immediate action.



Iraq: 4 protesters killed in Baghdad; key south port closed again.

Several killed in Houthi missile, drone attack: Yemeni officials.

Erdogan accuses U.S., Russia of not clearing Kurds from Syrian safe zone. Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria deal ahead of Trump talks.

Erdogan threatens to open Europe gates for refugees.

UN report finds Jordan, Turkey, UAE violated Libya arms embargo.

EU, US criticise Iran over UN nuclear inspector incident. Iran alleges UN inspector tested positive for explosives.

Protests in Lebanon enter fourth week as students join manifestations.


Taiwan warns of possible attack if China’s slowdown ‘becomes serious’.

China still counting on Hong Kong to enact its own national security law ‘or the city will face unbearable cost’, says Beijing adviser.

Joint US-Chinese operations against fentanyl led to trafficking gang’s downfall.

Cambodian troops deployed as exiled opposition leaders plan Thai border crossing. Malaysia detains Cambodian opposition leader Mu Sochua.

N. Korea slams Japan’s Abe as ‘idiot’ over missile criticism.

Two fisherman accused of killing 16 crew members are deported to North Korea.

Vietnam to repatriate 39 nationals found dead in UK truck.


Ten Nigerian troops killed in jihadist ambush: military sources.

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian mine convoy in Burkina Faso.

Mauritians vote in first election since PM succeeded father.

Egypt-Ethiopia row over River Nile dam. Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan commit to resolving Nile dam dispute. Ethiopian dam agreement ‘by January 2020’.

Protesters take to streets in tense Guinea capital.

Congolese warlord given International Criminal Court’s longest-ever sentence at 30 years.

More World Bank loans and grants on the cards for Africa.

Malaria cases in Burundi surge by 1.5m in two months.

Africa’s southern drought is killing Zimbabwe’s elephants and other vulnerable wildlife.


Macron claims NATO is suffering ‘brain death’.

Citing U.S.-China trade and Brexit, EU downgrades fall economic forecast.

Brexit stalemate taking a toll on UK business investment.

PM gives ‘cast-iron’ pledge to refuse second Scottish independence vote.

Merkel’s CDU could ‘tear itself apart’ after call for AfD coalition.

Mike Pompeo tours Germany amid tense relations.

Paris authorities clear large migrant camps on edge of city.

Cyprus strips ‘golden’ passports from 26 investors.


Trump says the Bidens should testify.

Trump impeachment inquiry: Public hearing schedule.

Trump to meet with Turkey’s Erdoğan at White House following tensions.

Mexican officials’ theory on ambush that killed 9 Americans disputed by family.

Mourners of Mexican cartel massacre victims, escorted by military, arrive for first funerals.

Bolivia protests: Student dies after violent clashes.

Protests in Chile spread into wealthy Santiago neighbourhoods. Chile’s Pinera fends off police abuse claims amid fresh clashes.

In Venezuela, special police force wreaks havoc in slums.


Captured al-Baghdadi wife revealed lots of information about ISIS, source says.

British army reject to be sentenced for training to fight ISIL.

Iran’s network of influence in Mid-East ‘growing’.


Global debt surges to record high $188 tn: IMF chief.

Twitter employees face US charges of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

Bill Gates criticises Elizabeth Warren’s plan for tax on super-rich.

China agrees to phase out U.S. tariffs amid new hope for trade deal.

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