Iraqi PM signals start of operations to drive IS from Mosul

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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of military operations...


Under fire in Mosul, IS attacks another Iraqi city

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KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants launched a wave of pre-dawn attacks in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, killing at least 14 people and setting off fierce clashes with Kurdish security forces that were still raging after sundown. The assault appeared aimed at...


Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman’s 75th birthday on Friday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organization that the spot should go to a...


Iraqi , Kurdish forces say they feel let down by level of U.S.-led air support


India has 30 million stray dogs. One state is pushing vigilantes to kill them

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. KOCHI, India - The dog catcher tiptoes into a narrow lane carrying a metal wire noose. Someone had spotted a stray dog amid rows of coconut trees a few minutes ago. “Finish that dog today,” one woman calls out from her porch. Another says the dog killed half the ducks...


Appeals Court reinstates Abu Ghraib prison abuse case against CACI

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. A federal court of appels on Friday reinstated a case brought by four Iraqis who allege they were tortured by employees of CACI while they were held at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison during the Iraq War. The case had been dismissed by a lower court that found the...


Evacuations from Aleppo fail to materialize despite lull

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BEIRUT (AP) — A cease-fire to allow wounded civilians and rebels to leave besieged parts of Aleppo has been extended into the weekend by Russia, but hoped-for medical evacuations didn’t materialize by Friday evening because of a lack of security guarantees, officials and residents said. The dawn-to-...


Russia sends warships to Syria via English Channel - and with them, a message

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. LONDON - In scenes that haven’t been common since the end of the Cold War, Russian warships sailed through the English Channel early Friday in a theatrical display of Russian military might. Britain dispatched two of its own warships to carefully monitor the Russian...


London's City Airport evacuated after 'chemical incident'

(c) 2016, Bloomberg. London’s City Airport was evacuated and ambulances treated people who were feeling unwell after a “chemical incident,” emergency services said. All aircraft movements were suspended and the airport was evacuated on land side and air side, a spokeswoman for the airport said by...


Scandals, confusion overshadow Chile municipal elections

(c) 2016, Bloomberg. The state of Chilean politics will be determined on Sunday not by which coalition most people vote for in the municipal elections, but by how many can be bothered to vote at all. Funding scandals have tarnished the reputation of almost all political parties, while politicians...


Photos show European Mars probe crashed, may have exploded

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BERLIN (AP) — Europe’s experimental Mars probe hit the right spot — but at the wrong speed — and may have ended up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck the surface, scientists said Friday. Pictures taken by a NASA satellite show a black spot in the area where the Schiaparelli lander was...

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