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Iraq deputy justice minister kidnapped by masked gunmen

Iraq's acting deputy Justice Minister, Abdul Karim al-Faris, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the capital, Baghdad, security officials have told Al Jazeera.<p>The deputy minister's security guards and driver have also been kidnapped in Al-Bunouk neighbourhood in the northeastern part of the …

Associated Press News

Russian 'troll factory' sued for underpayment and labour violations

The secretive Russian agency that hires people to write pro-Kremlin propaganda on the web stepped into the public spotlight for the first time on Tuesday as a former employee took it to court.<p>The Agency for Internet Studies, which runs what has been called a “troll factory” from a nondescript St …

Russia

Syrian Kurds victory over ISIL could stir up problems

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Abu Salah Mohammad Isam, 22, grins as he strokes his freshly trimmed goatee, enjoying his newfound freedom to shave after Islamic State militants were driven out of his hometown.<p>For the past year, the Islamic State controlled the Syrian border city of Tal Abyad and enforced …

Middle East

House approves new fast-track trade bill; outcome in Senate still uncertain

President<p>Obama's ambitious trade agenda got back on track Thursday as theRepublican-ledHouseovercame Democratic opposition to approve a fast-track authority bill the administration says it needs to negotiate a sweeping 12-nation Pacific trade deal.<p>The measure, accepted on a vote of 218-208, now …

NASA moves forward with mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

Soon we may know if this space rock can support life<p>In the search for life elsewhere in our solar system, NASA just passed a significant milestone. The agency’s Europa mission, a plan to send a data collecting probe to Jupiter’s icy moon, has finally moved from concept phase to development phase. …

Charleston Church Shooting: Suspect Dylann Roof Captured in North Carolina

The 21-year-old white man suspected of having gunned down nine people at a historic black church in South Carolina, was back in Charleston Thursday after a sweeping manhunt that spanned two states.<p>Dylann Roof was caught after 11 a.m. ET following Wednesday night's massacre at Emanuel African …