Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World for Sat. 190406

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World for Sat. 190406

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Rival militias clash in Libya

Militias in western Libya fought forces under rival army commander Khalifa Hifter on Friday, capturing 100 of his soldiers and waging an airstrike on one of his positions a day after he declared an offensive to seize Tripoli, the capital of the oil-rich nation. A battle for control of Tripoli would mark the most significant escalation of violence in oil- and gas-rich Libya since the toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 after a populist rebellion backed by NATO bombings. U.N. Secretary General António Guterres met with Hifter, in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi but reported no resolution.

Saudis arrest 12, including two U.S. citizens - Saudi Arabia detained 12 people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests in the kingdom targeting individuals supportive of women's rights and those with ties to jailed activists, people with knowledge of the apprehensions said Friday. It marks the first sweep of arrests to target individuals perceived as critics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October.

1,000 Brazilian doctors quit rural posts - Brazil's health ministry says more than 1,000 doctors who signed up to replace Cuban doctors who served in rural areas have quit within three months. The doctors who quit represent 12 percent of the 8,500 physician positions that opened after the end of an agreement with the Cuban government. The program known as More Medics was an agreement signed in 2013 between the Brazilian and Cuban governments that brought thousands of Cuban doctors to far-flung corners of rural Brazil where medical professionals were scarce. President Jair Bolsonaro called the program "slave labor" because the Cuban government received a portion of the doctors' salaries. The Cuban government then said its doctors would no longer participate.

Brushfire cuts power to millions in Mexico - A massive blackout struck across the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday, affecting a three-state region that is home to several million people, well-traveled Mayan ruins and popular beach resorts such as Cancun and Tulum. …

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