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Hamas denies Israel airstrike in Gaza killed elusive leader

Years ago, it was a signature Israeli tactic: the swoosh of a missile, the roar of crumbling masonry, the violent death of another Hamas leader.<p>More than 24 hours after an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip killed the wife and infant son of Mohammed Deif — the secretive, shadowy figure who was …

Al-Qaida splinter declares new Islamic caliphate

BAGHDAD (AP) — The al-Qaida breakaway group that has seized much of northeastern Syria and huge tracts of neighboring Iraq formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state on Sunday and demanded allegiance from Muslims worldwide.<p>With brutal efficiency, the Sunni extremist group has carved …

Iraqi army stalls in bid to retake Tikrit

The Iraqi military's push to retake the flash-point city of Tikrit faltered Sunday in a sign of the difficulties facing government forces as they attempt to wrest control of key areas of the country back from a determined Sunni Muslim insurgency.<p>A day earlier, Iraqi officials claimed to have …

White House will ask Congress for new powers to tackle immigration surge

• Official tells Guardian White House wants faster deportations • Request seeks to overcome Bush-era protocols for minors<p>• Special report: Texas feels pressure from migrant surge<p>The White House is preparing an emergency request to Congress for additional powers to enable the fast-track deportation …

Divergent visions could split Iraq's Sunni revolt

BAGHDAD/DUBAI (Reuters) - The militants dismantling Iraq’s borders and threatening regional war are far from united — theirs is a marriage of convenience between ultra-hardline religious zealots and more pragmatic Sunni armed groups.<p>A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds …