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The Fall of Raqqa and the Islamic State: What Comes Next?

<i>Joseph V. Micallef is a best-selling military history and world affairs author, and keynote speaker.</i> <i>Follow him on Twitter</i><i>@JosephVMicallef</i>.<p>The Islamic …

As Iraqi forces fight to take Mosul, car bomb in Baghdad kills 23 people

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers on Monday after they ran out of ammunition during a skirmish in the battle for western Mosul, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.<p>A federal policeman carries his weapon as he stands near …

Islam

ISIS recruit may have used welfare cash to fund family's terror journey

A terror recruit took his entire immediate family -- including three young children -- to join the Islamic State in Syria and may have used government welfare money to bankroll the trip, The Sunday Times reported.<p>The family's former landlady in East London made the discovery, saying she learned the …

This golden retriever thinks these goats are her own babies

"They are together all day, every day."<p>Meet Loryn the Golden Retriever. She lives on a farm in Kansas with her owner Andrea Holley.<p>Advertisement - …

Historic restoration of Jesus' burial shrine completed

The tomb of Jesus has been resurrected to its former glory.<p>Just in time for Easter, a Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule, the shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven.<p>Gone is the unsightly iron cage built around the …

Will Iraq survive victory over ISIS in Mosul?

<b>Sulaimani, Iraq (CNN) —</b> In a tea room in Sulaimani's old bazaar that's dense with the smoke of scores of cigarettes, bunches of grizzled, middle-aged men -- some wearing traditional Kurdish baggy trousers, other wearing suits without ties -- are arguing furiously about the great question of the day:<p>…

Why History Matters: The 1967 Six-Day War

Mention history and it can trigger a roll of the eyes.<p>Add the Middle East to the equation and folks might start running for the hills, unwilling to get caught up in the seemingly bottomless pit of details and disputes.<p>But without an understanding of what happened in the past, it's impossible to …

6 Warning Signs A Dog Is About To Bite

After a dog bites, horrified owners are often the first to say, “I had no idea he was going to bite”. However, there’s a good chance their dog was …

US adds ISIS in Yemen, Libya, Saudi to terror list

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. added ISIS affiliates from Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen to its list of designated terrorist organizations on Thursday.<p>The move means these groups are being formally listed as designated terrorist organizations, a reflection of the changing assessment of the threat they …

Trump Predicts Refugees With ISIS Phones Will Commit 9/11 Size Attack In The U.S.

"Who pays their monthly charges, right?"<p>Donald Trump said Sunday that he believes refugees will launch a terrorist attack against the United States comparable in size to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.<p>Asked on the National Border Patrol Council's <i>Green Line</i> radio show if he thought it would take another …

MH370 search: 'decreasing possibility' plane will be found, say authorities

Australian Transport Safety Bureau says there are only 15,000 sq km of seafloor to be surveyed before search ends<p>The Australian authority leading the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has said there is a “decreasing possibility” that the missing plane will be found.<p>More than 105,000 sq km …

Abused Dogs Comfort One Another While Being Treated in Animal Clinic: The 'Understanding Between Animals Is Beyond Me'

It’s a shocking photo – two puppies, marred by abuse and disease – made sweeter by the unexpected moment at its center: One is comforting the other, …

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Strong U.S. services sector data buoys economic outlook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. services sector expanded in April as new orders and employment accelerated, bolstering views that economic growth would rebound after almost stalling in the first quarter.<p>David Wallace (L) of Lockheed Martin interviews an applicant at a job fair for veterans and …

Economy

Top U.S. intel official: ISIS can stage Europe-style attacks in U.S.

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> ISIS has the capability to stage a Paris-style attack in the U.S. using local cells to strike in multiple locations and inflict dozens of casualties, according to the Obama administration's top U.S. intelligence official.<p>"They do have that capacity," Director of National …

Terrorism

‘Classified Historical Films’ You Can Now Request From the Pentagon

"Peacetime Governmental Detention," "Nuclear Warfare at Sea," and "Electronic Intelligence Research Techniques" are among the classified films the Pentagon will now consider releasing.<p><i>Throw a Nickle on the Grass—Have Doughnot</i> is the title of one of at least a thousand "classified historical films" …

Dog left ‘abandoned’ on London bus reunited with delighted owner

A dog seemingly abandoned on a bus in east London has been reunited with its rightful owner after a Facebook appeal.<p>Boston, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, spent hours being driven around the capital on a night bus which eventually terminated at Stratford Bus Station.<p>Driver Amos Paul Mak took care of …

Israel-Palestinian tensions return to boiling point

<b>In the week or so I have been back in Jerusalem, a few people have asked me what it is I am here to cover. I thought it should be obvious.</b><p>The violence. Repeated attacks on Israelis by Palestinians, and the response by Israeli security forces.<p>But I have had quite a few bemused shrugs from journalist …

The Amazing Story Of Aladdin The Pit Bull Therapy Dog

Don’t let Aladdin’s signature pout fool you – this is one happy Pibble! In the three years since his rescue, Aladdin has taken his history of pain …

Springtime In Iran Means The 'Morality Police' Are Out In Force

As the mercury rises in Iran, winter coats are back in the closet, flowers are popping up — and so are the so-called morality police. Despite objections from Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, Tehran's police have announced up to 7,000 undercover officers will be on the lookout for those who don't …

Seven Muslim women sue Urth Caffe for discrimination after they were ordered to leave

Seven women are suing Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach for discrimination, alleging they were targeted last month for being "visibly Muslim" while wearing head scarves and ordered to leave the restaurant before they finished eating.<p>The April 22 ouster "left us shaken, disrespected and shocked," said …

What Happened To the Aircraft Carrier America Intentionally Nuked

Sunk off the coast of San Francisco, the radiation-infested USS Independence is still offering new lessons.<p>The <i>USS Independence</i> was an aircraft carrier that served in distinction during World War II. Then, in 1951, the government sank the great ship under a shroud of secrecy. Only now are marine …

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Oprah unveils her weight-loss transformation, talks 'best body' in O

It was just five months ago that former talk-show titan Oprah Winfrey revealed that she now owns part of Weight Watchers and would take part in the program as the face of the brand.<p>Now she's revealing the results in O Magazine.<p>Winfrey's new look comes after a 26-pound weight loss that marks a …

Weight Loss

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Weight Watchers