World roundup Jan 8
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1.Pak's ex-army chief joins Saudi-led military coalition.General Raheel Sharif, the former Pakistani army chief, will now head the Saudi Arabia-led 39-nation military coalition formed to serve as a platform for security cooperation and combat terrorism.
2.Iraq forces near Tigris River in Mosul: Spokesman.Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in Mosul are approaching the Tigris River, which runs through the centre of the city, the spokesman for the Counter-Terrorism Service said Saturday.
3.S. Korea protestors demand president's removal, ferry salvage. Hundreds of thousands of protestors returned to the streets of Seoul Saturday, demanding impeached President Park Geun-Hye's immediate removal and the salvaging of a sunken ferry which left more than 300 dead.
4.India opposes Sri Lanka’s bid to shape ETCA to suit political exigencies. Negotiations between India and Sri Lanka on an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) hit the hard road at an officials-level meeting held here on January 4 and 5.
5.Audio clip of Israel PM Netanyahu's alleged business negotiation sufaces in court. An audio recording, in which Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is heard negotiating mutual benefits with a businessman, has been obtained and included in the criminal investigation against the leader, authorities said on Sunday.
6.Mexico hunts for gunman who shot US consular official.Mexican authorities are on the hunt for a gunman who was disguised as a female nurse when he shot and wounded a US consular official in the city of Guadalajara.
7.Suicide bomber kills at least 11 at Baghdad market. A suicide bomber blew up a car at the entrance of Baghdad's main vegetable market on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens, security officials and medics said.
8.Pakistan government passes ordinance to disbar public servants seeking plea bargain.Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has passed an ordinance to disbar public servants seeking benefit under the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) plea bargain and voluntary return laws.
9.23 injured in Sri Lanka violence over port deal with China.At least 23 people have been injured in clashes between protestors and government supporters at the launch of Southern Development Project, a special industrial zone in Hambantota which many see as federal government's initiative to sell the port and the land to the Chinese investors.
10.US to deploy 300 soldiers in Helmand province to fight Taliban. The United States will deploy around 300 soldiers in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.
11.US officials not ruling out terrorism in Florida airport shooting.US authorities are not ruling out "the terrorism angle" as a potential motive of the Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, officials said Saturday.