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Kurds, Shi'ite fighters to coordinate after sealing off Mosul

ERBIL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish and Shi’ite forces near Mosul have agreed to coordinate their operations in support of a U.S-backed offensive seeking to encircle and capture Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq, U.S. and Iraqi officials said on Thursday.<p>Men push a cart in …

How President Trump could help end the Syrian civil war

<b>(CNN) —</b> It has been hard to remain optimistic about peace as Syrian civilians have died, been displaced or had their homes destroyed in this man-made, unnatural disaster. What began as peaceful protests for democracy were crushed by a dictator.<p>The actions and inactions of powerful international …

Middle East

Scaffolding tower collapses at Chinese construction site, killing dozens

Nine people have been arrested in connection to a deadly accident at a Chinese power plant that killed dozens of workers last week, according to China's state news agency Xinhua.<p>The chairman and chief engineer of Fengcheng Power Station in Jiangxi province were among those detained in relation to …

IS car bomb kills 56, including 20 Iranians, in Iraq

HILLA, Iraq (AP) — A car bomb tore through a gas station south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 56 people, including 20 Iranians, in an …

Middle East

Suicide car bomb kills 12 south of Baghdad: police and medical sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said.<p>Islamic State, the ultra hard-line Sunni militant group that considers …

Erdogan: Syrian Kurd forces used to take Raqqa 'naive'

Turkey's president said on Monday it is "naive" to use Syrian Kurdish fighters - whom he branded terrorists - to retake the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group's stronghold of Raqqa.<p>Fighters aligned with the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently pushing …

The U.S. Military's Gradual Return To Iraq [Infographic]

In late September, President Obama authorized sending 600 additional U.S. troops to Iraq to assist local forces in the offensive to retake the city of Mosul. After ISIS overran much of northern and western Iraq in 2014, the Pentagon rushed 300 troops to defend Baghdad. In the months since, the U.S. …

Cold war 2.0: how Russia and the west reheated a historic struggle

As chasm grows between a resurgent Russia and a divided US and Europe, diplomats say conflict is now more dangerous, with ‘no clear rules of the road’<p>Gen Sir Richard Shirreff remembers the moment he realised Nato was facing a new and more dangerous Russia. It was 19 March 2014, the day after Russia …

Ukraine and Poland Point to Soviet Culpability for World War II

Ukraine and Poland’s parliaments have approved a resolution, considering moves by both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany as the reason for the start …

Taliban envoys travel to Pakistan to discuss Afghanistan peace talks

Meeting with Pakistani officials follows insurgent group’s contacts with both Afghan and US officials in recent months<p>Senior members of the Taliban’s political commission based in Qatar have travelled to Pakistan for discussions with security officials there about possible peace talks with the …

Bunkers and booby-traps as Islamic State makes a stand in Libya

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Sheltering in tunnels, improvised bunkers and rooms fortified by sand-filled fridges, Islamic State is holding out in the Libyan city of Sirte, defending itself with snipers, booby-traps and car bombs against pro-government forces.<p>Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed …

Iraq city of Kirkuk under attack by armed militants

Witnesses report multiple explosions and fighting in Iraqi city as major offensive continues around Mosul<p>Islamic State militants have launched a commando raid on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk in an apparent attempt to distract Iraqi and Kurdish forces converging on the group’s stronghold of Mosul.<p>The …

Brexit isn't an economic calamity. Far from it.

June's Brexit vote brought an avalanche of predictions that leaving the European Union would wreck Britain's economy. But what if, for most British …

Man sets fire to UK Muslim's dress on NYC's Fifth Avenue

<b>A British woman's traditional Muslim clothing was set on fire on Fifth Avenue, New York police have said.</b><p>The woman, who had been staying in a Manhattan hotel, was returning from sightseeing when she felt a warm spot on her arm, an officer told the BBC.<p>She turned and saw her arm on fire and a man …

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Iran's new warship warns: 'US should go to Bay of Pigs, Persian Gulf is our house'

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi: "This ship increases the deterrent power of Iran and will have an effect on the calculations of the enemy, particularly …

How 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' racist or not, became our national anthem

In 1931, Congress passed a bill to make "The Star-Spangled Banner" the official national anthem of the United States. But the decision was far from simple.<p>Among the points of contention was the music's foreign origin. The lyrics were written by American attorney Francis Scott Key during the War of …

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How Games Are Resurrecting the Eighties, One Neon Sunset at a Time

No game understands the power of a beefy bass synthesizer better than <i>Defragmented</i>, released this past February. The indie-action RPG is built from …

Suspected Aleppo chlorine attack chokes dozens: rescue workers, monitors

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held neighborhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo caused dozens of cases of suffocation on Tuesday, rescue workers and a monitoring group said.<p>The Syrian Civil Defence, a rescue workers’ organization that operates in rebel-held areas, …

Turkey signals no quick end to Syria incursion as truck bomb kills 11

ISTANBUL/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish forces will remain in Syria for as long as it takes to cleanse the border of Islamic State and other militants, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday, after a truck bombing by Kurdish insurgents killed at least 11 police officers.<p>The suicide …

Are your bad habits ruining your smartphone's battery?

A smartphone's battery never seems to last long enough. Taking pictures, playing music, making calls and sending texts all come with a price - one that means you should always have a charger handy.<p>But if you're like most Americans, at the end of the day, you probably put your phone on the charger, …

What Corporate Canada wants from Trudeau’s China visit

Canada's business community is counting on Justin Trudeau's charisma and family history to help beef up commercial ties with China during his first trip there as Prime Minister next week, even if few concrete gains are made during the visit.<p>Mr. Trudeau will be in China from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6, …

Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1257000/1257597_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534555698_a18e65c70f6e7e15d230316475b30fa8<p><b>Turkey has threatened further intervention in northern Syria unless Kurdish-led forces fully withdraw east of the River Euphrates within a week.</b><p>On …

Middle East

The Latest: UN and Red Cross head to suburb being evacuated

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local):<p>10 p.m.<p>The United Nations says a small team from the U.N. and the Red …

Middle East

Pentagon Spent Billions Sending Weapons to Iraq, Afghanistan

The Pentagon has spent billions of dollars since 2001 funneling roughly more than a million assault rifles, pistols, shotguns, and machine guns into …

See the spawn rates of all 151 Pokemon in Pokemon Go

As popular as Pokemon Go has become, it’s always been equally obtuse. Without spending a significant amount of time doing research on the internet, …

'British boy' shown killing prisoners in new Isil video

A young British boy has been allegedly pictured executing “spies” in a newly released Isil propaganda video.<p>The film released on Friday shows five boys apparently aged as young as six or seven year shooting dead kneeling captives.<p>Captions on the online film identify one of the young pistol-wielding …

Stingray documents offer rare insight into police and FBI surveillance

Court records in Oakland reveal cases where a warrant wasn’t required to listen to calls and how much law enforcement uses the devices<p>Court documents ordered released by a judge in Oakland, California, have revealed rare insights into how local police and the FBI use a sophisticated surveillance …

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This woman says her grandmother and uncle are conspiring to exclude other children from inheriting a dime.<p>8:47 a.m. Today8:47 a.m. July 21, 2018<p>This …