Reuters: World News, 10 Mar 2019

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Attack on Syrian IS enclave to begin, U.S.-backed SDF says

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday that their frontline troops had received orders to attack the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria, and the assault could begin at any moment.

President Bouteflika due to arrive in Algeria on Sunday amid protests

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was expected to land in Algeria on Sunday after leaving Geneva where he has spent two weeks in a Swiss hospital as mass protests have posed the biggest threat to his 20-year rule.

Venus surges, defending champ Osaka nervous but wins at Indian Wells

Venus Williams fought back to down third seed Petra Kvitova 4-6 7-5 6-4 and reach the BNP Paribas Open third round on Saturday, while Naomi Osaka got her title defense off to a flying start with a straight sets win over Kristina Mladenovic.

Exclusive: In budget, Trump to ask Congress for $8.6 billion for border wall

President Donald Trump on Monday will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to help pay for the wall he promised to build on the southern border with Mexico to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking, officials familiar with his 2020 budget request told Reuters.

Venezuela enters fourth day of blackout as Maduro blames U.S. for power outage

Venezuelans woke up to a fourth day of an unprecedented nationwide blackout on Sunday, leaving residents concerned about the impacts of the lack of electricity on the South American country’s health, communications and transport systems.

‘Brexit in peril’ as PM May faces heavy defeat

Brexit could be reversed if lawmakers reject the government’s exit deal, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Sunday after two major eurosceptic factions in parliament warned that Prime Minister Theresa May was facing a heavy defeat.

Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes, killing 157

An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board and raising questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a new model that also crashed in Indonesia in October.

Brexit in peril if PM May’s deal is rejected: foreign minister Hunt

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Sunday that there was momentum behind a move to stop Brexit, warning that unless lawmakers backed the government’s exit deal on Tuesday then Brexit could be reversed.

Oil majors strut into Houston for annual energy conference

The oil industry converges this week on Houston at CERAWeek, the largest gathering of top energy executives in the Americas, with oil majors showing a bigger presence as the United States has taken the crown as the largest crude producer in the world.

With shrouded faces, Islamic State fighters stand guard over final enclave

Armed with assault rifles and with faces wrapped in scarves, the Islamic State fighters visible at the boundary of their last enclave in eastern Syria are among the hardened jihadists who appear ready to fight to the death.

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