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Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State fighters west of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters.<p>A man looks at a vehicle belonging to the Iraqi security forces in the Anbar province town of Hit, October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer<p>They said …

Ex-Harlem Globetrotter goes missing during California road trip

A former Harlem Globetrotter has disappeared while headed from his home in Alhambra to see his girlfriend in Seattle, authorities said.<p>Sheriff's deputies found 37-year-old Rico Omarr Harris' abandoned black Nissan at the Yolo County Regional Parks Lower Site on State Route 16 near Rumsey in …

Ukraine denies rights group report it uses cluster bombs

Ukrainian armed forces have never used prohibited weapons such as cluster bombs in their fight against pro-Russia separatists, a military spokesman insisted Tuesday after a rights group reported that it had documented a dozen instances in which the indiscriminate weapons were used in populated …

Sweden searching for mysterious underwater vessel in its waters

Swedish Royal Navy vessels searched for an underwater intruder in the island-studded waters east of Stockholm on Monday after three sightings of a suspicious vessel and media reports of a Russian-language distress signal four days ago.<p>The response to a possible security breach, involving more than …

Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "valiant" Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be "irresponsible" and "morally very difficult" not …

Paratroopers Train To Fight ISIS, Even As U.S. Pledges 'No Boots On The Ground'

FORT POLK, La. -- Moments after landing in the blackness of a warm night and securing his parachute, Col. Joseph A. Ryan huddled on the drop zone with several of his officers. Radio messages crackled in his earpiece. Red flashlights illuminated a folded map. Above him, a thousand paratroopers were …

Deadly blasts and approaching Islamic State militants spark concerns in Baghdad

Kurdish sources: Islamic State advance in Kobani appears to be stalling

Reaper drones sent to battle Isil

Two heavily armed drones will be dispatched to the Middle East to carry out reconnaissance flights over Islamic State militants<p>Britain will send a pair of heavily-armed Reaper drones to the Middle East to battle Isil militants in Iraq, the Government will announce on Thursday.<p>Michael Fallon, the …

Middle East

Kobani could fall to ISIL despite Kurdish fightback, warns US

Syria Kurdish official appeals for arms for Kobani

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — In its battle for the Syrian town of Kobani, the Islamic State group enjoys a key advantage: a supply of weapons, ammunition and fighters shuttling between Syria and Iraq.<p>The town's Syrian Kurdish defenders, while backed by airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition, are …

Middle East

Isil jihadists may have access to chemicals for dirty bombs

Former commander of British Army issues warning as it emerges two large stockpiles of shells filled with mustard and sarin gas have not been made secure<p>A former commander of the British Army’s chemical and nuclear weapons protection forces has warned that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) …

Middle East

Feds warn of possible ISIS-inspired attacks on police, government officials, media

Federal officials are warning U.S. law enforcement about the threat of Islamic State-inspired terror attacks against police officers, government workers and “media figures” in the U.S.<p>In a joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement and confirmed by Fox News, the FBI and Department of …

Scientists warn sea levels could swamp coasts

It doesn't take a storm to cause destructive flooding.<p>Rising sea levels are causing more frequent high-tide floods even on completely clear days on the East and Gulf Coasts, says a report out Wednesday from the Union of Concerned Scientists.<p>In the next 15 years or so, many towns and cities could …

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Obama says U.S. working on new ways to screen passengers for Ebola | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday his administration was working on additional protocols for screening airplane passengers to identify people who might have Ebola and would step up efforts to make medical professionals aware of what to do if they encounter a case.<p>U.S. …

ISIS Hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig: 'I'm Pretty Scared to Die'

An Army Ranger-turned-aid worker held hostage by ISIS militants in Syria admitted to his parents he was “pretty scared to die” but also urged them to “seek refuge and comfort” from his humanitarian work.<p>Abdul-Rahman Kassig — who was born Peter but changed his name when he converted to Islam last …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Rebel push to take Donetsk airport

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1112000/1112926_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522651704_c4cc42dcf8df41f96b7c421002410a3d<p><b>Rebel forces in eastern Ukraine are conducting an offensive to capture the government-held airport in Donetsk, officials say.</b><p>Pro-Russian rebels have …

Russia

Bombs slam into Islamic State stronghold

RABIA, Iraq — Cheers erupted as the bomb dropped.<p>Whistling rang out on the Syrian border from earthen mounds built up by Kurdish bulldozers as everyone stared at the billowing smoke, waiting for it to clear so they could assess the damage.<p>The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombed the Islamic State's …

Why Iran is key to success against ISIS

<b>Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN</b><p>We are now in the air power phase of the campaign against ISIS. These actions usually go well, think of the air wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. The United States has the world's most advanced planes, rockets, and drones …