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Trump Is Quietly Surrendering to China on Climate Change

The president's climate inaction has frustrated the world, and allowed an economic rival to gain more power and influence.<p>When people look back at Donald Trump's first year as president, they're likely to be perplexed by his actions on climate change. They will see an administration that put …

Families of Isil fighters 'forced into rehabilitation camps by Iraqi military'

Families of alleged Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters are being forced from Mosul into detention camps by the Iraqi military to receive “physiological and ideological rehabilitation”, Human Rights Watch has said.<p>While the liberation of Mosul from the jihadists has been applauded …

Philippines says no negotiations with Islamist fighters who seized southern city

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said there would be no deals with the Maute group militants holed up in Marawi City because that was against government policy, and anyone trying to bargain had no authority to do so.<p>The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that Abdullah Maute, one of two …

Iraq army: ISIL will fall in Mosul 'in a few days'

At least 50,000 civilians are believed to remain in ISIL-held pockets of Mosul, with Iraqi forces advancing quickly.<p>The battle to wrest full control of the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group will be over in a few days, according to the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Raqqa: Secret video shows ISIS losing chokehold on its 'capital'

<b>(CNN) —</b> At first, the video shows a seemingly normal urban life -- men and women shopping in the streets, with steady traffic passing by them.<p>A closer look shows this is a city under threat -- tarpaulins along streets hide the movements of fighters from surveillance drones and sandbags outside …

Syria's SDF rebels capture parts of ISIL-held Raqqa

Kurdish factions backed by US coalition air strikes push for Raqqa as thousands of civilians are stuck inside the city.<p>US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured several strategic neighbourhoods just outside of ISIL's de facto capital in Raqqa province, the group said in a press release.<p>…

Raqqa

Iranian military blames Saudis after 12 killed in Tehran terrorist attack

Islamic State claims responsibility for attacks on parliament and revolutionary leader’s tomb which left dozens injured<p>Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have blamed Saudi Arabia for the first terrorist attack claimed by Islamic State in their country, setting the stage for spiralling tensions between the …

Iraq to probe use of white phosphorus in Mosul

Video images from Saturday's battles show highly incendiary munitions used against ISIL in western Mosul.<p>Iraqi officials have said they will investigate allegations that their forces used white phosphorus against areas held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) …

Human Rights

ISIS-linked terrorists in Philippines take hundreds of hostages, most Christian, priest says

A Catholic priest who claims he's been kidnapped alongside more than 240 hostages by fighters linked to the Islamic State in the Philippines appealed Tuesday to President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the vicious terror spree.<p>In a video that surfaced on Facebook, Rev. Teresito “Chito” Suganob, vicar …

Dozens of Iraqis killed as Isis targets Baghdad during Ramadan

At least 17 killed as families break fast at ice-cream shop in centre of Iraqi capital, and 14 die in office bombing in south of city<p>An Islamic State car bomb that targeted families eating ice-cream after breaking their Ramadan fast has killed at least 17 people and wounded 32 more in southern …

Isis-backed militants struggle for control in the southern Philippines

The death toll in Marawi city, where martial law has been imposed, stands at 85, with Islamic State claiming responsibility<p>Fears are growing that a violent attempt by local militants to seize a city in the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, marks the beginning of a wider attempt by …

Mosul: Iraqi forces press ahead in Old City push

As humanitarian concerns over Mosul civilians grow, Iraqi forces close in on ISIL positions despite strong resistance.<p>The Iraqi army says it hopes to capture the last ISIL enclaves outside Mosul's Old City in the next 72 hours, as fighting continued on the second day of a new push to drive the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Philippines: 19 dead as troops fight ISIL-linked groups

Latest group of civilians killed in Marawi City adds to deaths of scores over past week, including police and fighters.<p>Fighters locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city on Mindanao island have killed 19 civilians, the military said on Sunday, bringing …

Marawi City

Bin Laden’s son steps into father’s shoes as al-Qaeda attempts a comeback

By Joby Warrick and<p>Joby Warrick<p>National security reporter covering terrorism, rogue states, weapons proliferation<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Souad Mekhennet<p>Souad Mekhennet<p>Reporter covering national security, Middle East, North Africa, terrorism, Europe.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The voice is that of a soft-spoken …

Osama Bin Laden

Final stages of Mosul battle will be ‘extremely violent,’ U.S. commander says

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and<p>Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>Reporter<p>Bio<p>Mustafa Salim<p>MOSUL, Iraq — The last handful of neighborhoods held by the Islamic State in Mosul will likely be the most difficult to retake despite nearly eight months of street-by-street fighting, the U.S. officer in charge of advising Iraqi …

Counterterrorism

Video shows Iraqi bulldozer take on Mosul car bomber

LONDON (Reuters) - Dramatic footage released this week shows the moment a bulldozer driven by an Iraqi security force member tackles an explosive-filled car driven by a suicide bomber, offering a rare, close-up view of the fierce battle for control of Mosul.<p>According to the Iraqi media outlet that …

Syria crisis: Russia raises prospect of war if it is given G7 ultimatum as it mocks Boris Johnson's no-show

Russia and Iran have threatened military retaliation against the US, 
accusing Donald Trump of crossing “red lines” by ordering a cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base.<p>The two military allies of Syria said the US bombardment had violated international law and, in a statement, added: “From now …

ISIS Propaganda Chief Ibrahim Al-Ansari Killed In US Airstrike: Hunt On For Baghdadi, The Elusive Big Prize

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said Thursday that it killed ISIS propaganda chief, Ibrahim Al-Ansari, along with his four …

Iraq: Airstrikes kill over 100 ISIS militants near Syria border

A government statement says Iraqi fighter jets have carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State group outside Mosul, killing more than 100 militants.<p>Saturday's statement says the strikes hit three ISIS targets in Baaj, a remote northwestern town near the Syrian border, and killed between …

South Australia to get $1bn solar farm and world's biggest battery

System will include 3.4m solar panels and 1.1m batteries, with operations set to begin by end of 2017<p>A huge $1bn solar farm and battery project will be built and ready to operate in South Australia’s Riverland region by the end of the year.<p>Related: Elon Musk, meet Port Augusta: four renewable …

Renewable Energy

Iraqi forces in Mosul mostly in refit mode: U.S. general

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces battling to retake Islamic State’s last major stronghold - Mosul - have entered a planned operational refit, a top U.S. general in the international coalition backing Baghdad said, the first significant pause of the campaign.<p>Elite soldiers have retaken a quarter …

′Islamic State′ gold remains hard to trace | Middle East| News and analysis of events in the Arab world | DW | 21.11.2016

The so-called "Islamic State" has heralded the creation of its own coin currency cast in precious metals. DW spoke with a threat finance scholar to …

Woman Told Husband and Police that She was Raped by Pokemon Go Creature

Get the latest viral stories daily! Like us:<p>This is probably by far the weirdest incident reported that involves the blockbuster game, Pokemon Go.<p>A …

The US Air Force wants to detonate plasma bombs in the sky

The U.S. Air Force's "go big or go home" solution to improve their long-distance calls? Supercharge the atmosphere by detonating aerial plasma bombs attached to tiny satellites, reports New Scientist.<p>The Air Force is asking for help in developing plasma bombs, which would be delivered to the …

Victories against IS leave Iraq's Sunni heartland shattered

AMIRIYAH AL-FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) — As Iraqi political and military attention shifts north in the fight against the Islamic State group, the military victories that have put Iraqi forces on Mosul's doorstep have left behind shattered cities, towns and communities in Iraq's Sunni heartland.<p>Anbar has …

Estream is a Portable Generator That Can Power Your Mobile Devices Using Running Water

Small, compact, and easy to use, this device is like carrying a portable hydroelectric plant in your backpack.

Mobile Devices

Elon Musk’s new solar roofing plan isn’t so new after all

Now that Tesla’s buyout of Solar City is looking like a done deal, the man who turned boring electric cars into sexy hot rods wants to shake up the …

Here's how Russia escalated the dangerous game in Ukraine

While Americans are distracted by an increasingly chaotic presidential campaign, half a world away, Russian troops are massing along the border of Ukraine again suggesting the possibility of a new escalation of the violence that has raged there since Moscow's invasion of Crimea in 2014.<p>On …