World News Roundup: UK PM May warns lawmakers over Brexit; Iran earthquake; Russia seizes Ukrainian ships
Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Russia seizes Ukrainian ships near annexed Crimea after firing on them
Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors, a move that risks igniting a dangerous new crisis between the two countries. Russia's FSB security service said early on Monday its border patrol boats had seized the Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and used weapons to force them to stop, Russian news agencies reported.
Swiss voters reject proposal to end dehorning of cows
Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to subsidize farmers who let the horns on their cows and goats grow rather than removing them with a red-hot iron in a procedure which critics say causes pain. Three-quarters of Swiss cows, a national symbol and tourist attraction, are dehorned or genetically hornless.
Hundreds wounded in western Iran earthquake, no fatalities: TV
Iran said on Sunday that no fatalities had been reported but that more than 400 people were injured after an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck near its western border with Iraq, Iranian state TV reported. The tremor was also felt in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and in Kuwait.
America targets the Middle East as it fears Islamic strengthening: Iran leader
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the United States is targeting the Middle East because it fears Islamic "awakening" in the region, according to his official website. Tension has increased between Washington and Tehran since May, when President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions after pulling out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers.
Poland is intimidating our journalists: U.S.-owned Polish broadcaster
U.S.-owned private Polish broadcaster TVN said it was facing intimidation after members of Poland's internal security agency entered a TVN cameraman's house and called him to a hearing over accusations he propagated Nazi propaganda. The camera operator, Piotr Wacowski, went undercover to film a neo-nazi group for a report broadcast in January by the network, which is controlled by U.S. entertainment firm Discovery Inc..
Heavy clashes between Islamic State militants and U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria killed dozens of civilians and fighters in the past two days, a monitoring group said. With the help of U.S. jets and special forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance is battling the remnants of Islamic State in an enclave near the Iraqi border.
You face a stark choice - Britain's May warns lawmakers over Brexit
Prime Minister Theresa May will tell lawmakers on Monday they face a stark choice - either back the deal she negotiated to leave the European Union or reject it and take Britain "back to square one" with "more division and more uncertainty". May secured agreement with the EU on Sunday for a deal that will see Britain leaving the bloc with continued close trade ties, a deal that was dismissed by the opposition Labour Party and other critics, even her allies in Northern Ireland.
Thousands march in Spanish cities to protest violence against women
Tens of thousands of protesters, many wearing purple, marched through Madrid and other Spanish cities on Sunday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Protesters chanted slogans and carried signs reading "For Those Who Aren't With Us" and "Justice". In Madrid, the protest ended with a reading of the names of the 44 women killed in Spain last year in incidents of domestic violence.
France's Macron praises courage of slain Syrian radio activist Fares
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday praised the courage of Raed al-Fares, a prominent activist who was gunned down along with his friend Hamoud al-Juneid in Syria on Friday. Fares was a pro-democracy activist who ran a radio station in Idlib, northwestern Syria, that provided independent news and satirized both President Bashar al-Assad and opposition insurgents.
Scores poisoned in Aleppo gas attack, Syria and Russia blame rebels
More than 100 people were wounded in Syria's Aleppo late on Saturday in a suspected toxic gas attack which the government and its ally, Russia, blamed on insurgents. A health official in Aleppo said victims suffered breathing difficulties, eye inflammation and other symptoms suggesting the use of chlorine gas. Rebel officials denied the allegations and said their forces did not possess chemical weapons.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)
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