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Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

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Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Fighters of so-called Islamic State (IS) have launched counter-attacks as they come under growing pressure from Iraqi forces in Mosul. IS deployed large numbers of suicide bombers in different parts of the northern Iraqi city but the affected areas were quickly brought under control, Iraqi officials say. IS has now been squeezed into a square […]

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The Guatape hospital released the names of the 17 persons remaining in the hospital

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The Guatape hospital released the names of the 17 persons remaining in the hospital

Nine people have been found dead while rescue workers continued searching for 28 missing persons after a tourist ship carrying 170 sank in one of Colombia’s most popular tourist hotspots, the rescue coordinator told local media. The three-floor ship El Almirante, sank earlier on Sunday in the Guatape water reservoir, one of Colombia’s top tourist […]

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Swedish asylum centre fires may have been started by same person: police

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Swedish asylum centre fires may have been started by same person: police

Police suspect two fires at an asylum centre near Ystad last week to have been started deliberately, but have so far not made any arrests. The first of the two fires, on Wednesday, resulted in the evacuation of 35 asylum seekers to a conference centre just outside of the town, reports Svenska Dagbladet. Firefighters battle […]

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US secretary of state urges Arab states to ‘sit down together’ to try to reach resolution amid major diplomatic crisis.

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US secretary of state urges Arab states to ‘sit down together’ to try to reach resolution amid major diplomatic crisis.

The US secretary of state has said some demands on Qatar by a group of Arab countries that have imposed a blockade against it “will be very difficult to meet”. Nevertheless, in a statement issued on Sunday, Rex Tillerson said the list submitted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt includes “significant areas which provide a basis […]

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Turkey ‘conducted world’s biggest airlift operation in two weeks’ during Gulf rift, economy minister says

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Turkey ‘conducted world’s biggest airlift operation in two weeks’ during Gulf rift, economy minister says

Turkey has sent a total of 121 cargo planes to Qatar since an economic blockade against the Gulf country was imposed by its neighbors, making it the world’s biggest airlift operation, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi said Sunday. “We have conducted the world’s biggest airlift operation in two weeks. As of 12 AM last night […]

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Mosul celebrates first Eid without Islamic State in years

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Mosul celebrates first Eid without Islamic State in years

(Reuters) People in the Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated their first Muslim Eid holiday without Islamic State in years on Sunday after the militants were ejected from much of the city, and hoped the battle to recapture the remaining area would soon be over. Displaced Iraqi girls who fled their homes pose as they celebrate […]

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Six injured as ‘car crashes into pedestrians celebrating Eid’

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Six injured as ‘car crashes into pedestrians celebrating Eid’

Six people have been taken to hospital after a car crashed in to pedestrians outside a sports centre in Newcastle, the ambulance service has said. A spokesman said three children and three adults are being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary for injuries sustained in the collision, which police said is not believed to be […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan denounces demands on Qatar

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Turkey’s Erdogan denounces demands on Qatar

Turkish leader criticises list of demands presented by Saudi-led countries that cut ties with Qatar and prompted crisis. Erdogan says the Saudi-led ultimatum is ‘against international law’ [File: Matt Dunham/EPA] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has welcomed Qatar’s stand on a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies, saying that the ultimatum is […]

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New Iran deals for Airbus jets increase pressure on Trump

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New Iran deals for Airbus jets increase pressure on Trump

Two Iranian airlines made prospective deals with Airbus to buy 73 jetliners, a signal that the global aerospace industry is betting such sales to Iran will prevail despite increased hostility by the Trump administration. The prospective deals, described by Airbus as memorandums of understanding, are worth as much as $2.5 billion and were announced by […]

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US rescinds $5m reward for Al Shabaab leader

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US rescinds $5m reward for Al Shabaab leader

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has quietly rescinded a reward of up to $5 million for information about a top member of the Al Qaeda-allied extremist group Al Shabaab in Somalia amid reports he may be in talks with the Somali government to leave the organization. Mukhtar Robow was removed from the “most wanted list” of […]

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