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Iraqi forces take back Tikrit from ISIS

Iraqi forces battling to wrest Tikrit from ISIS are now in control of the city, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday on Iraqiya TV.

Al-Abadi, who is also the top military commander, said on state television that the city was liberated.

Tikrit had been under ISIS control since June.

The …


Turkish prosecutor taken hostage by armed anti-government group

An armed leftist group has taken hostage the Turkish prosecutor investigating the politically sensitive death of an anti-government protester, and is threatening to kill him if their demands are not met.

Gunfire was heard at the Istanbul courthouse on Tuesday where the prosecutor, Mehmet Selim …


Thai leader moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian.

The development has sparked concern from human rights groups, lawyers, political …


Here's the 'ugly scenario' that's about to happen if Greece doesn't get a bailout deal

Greece's bailout talks aren't going very well.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed Greece's parliament late on Monday, but he gave little new indication on a deal. Greece tentatively agreed back in February to extend its existing bailout, but a lack of technical detail means its creditors still …


Ebola rapid diagnostic kit developed by UK scientists in Sierra Leone

A rapid Ebola diagnostic kit similar to a pregnancy kit has been developed by British military scientists and NHS medics in Sierra Leone.

It can be administered at the bedside and return its first results within 20 minutes, slashing dramatically the normal 24-hour turnaround for lab results.

Early …

Sierra Leone

Tens of thousands march against austerity in Brussels

Image from HART BOVEN HARD Facebook pageRainy weather in Brussels did not stop tens of thousands of people from protesting against austerity measures …


Arab League Leaders Agree to Form Joint Military Force

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt — Arab leaders agreed on Sunday to establish a joint military force to respond to security threats facing member nations.

The announcement on the closing day of the Arab League summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh came amid an escalating crisis in Yemen. A …

Arab League

Syria's lost generation: report counts cost of collapse in education system

Karim has not been to school in over two years. Instead he chops wood to help his family survive.

“I can’t go to school as my family needs to eat so I work with my father and my brother instead,” the 11-year-old, who lives in a camp in northern Syria near the Turkish border, told human rights …

Middle East

This Country Is About to Offer Citizenship to 2.2 Million Jews

Spain wants to make amends for expelling Jews from the country in 1492

Exactly 523 years ago on Tuesday, the Edict of Expulsion, which forced Spain’s Jewish community to convert to Catholicism or leave the country, was issued by monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. It may have taken more than half a …


Bangladeshi blogger stabbed to death; second such attack in a month

A blogger was stabbed to death in Dhaka early Monday, a month after a similar attack killed a Bangladeshi American blogger visiting his homeland.

Washiqur Rahman Babu was attacked by three men, two of whom were arrested a short time later, police said.

Humayun Kabir, an assistant sub-inspector with …


Australian official 'accidentally' reveals details of Barack Obama and other world leaders

Australian officials admit to security breach in which passport details of all leaders attending the G20 summit were sent to organisers of an unrelated football tournament

Australian officials accidentally passed on personal details of world leaders including US President Barack Obama, Russia’s …


One who tried to ram NSA gate shot dead

One person is dead, and two more were hospitalized after an unauthorized vehicle tried to gain access to the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland, according to the NSA, which is investigating the incident.

"Shortly before 9:00 AM today, a vehicle containing two individuals …

National Security Agency

Hope, fear as Nigerians await results of presidential vote

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians are waiting in hope and fear for results of the tightest and most bitterly contested presidential election in the nation's turbulent history. Collation of results starts at noon (1100 GMT) and winner could be named later Monday or Tuesday, electoral officials say.

One …


Greece's bailout talks are still going nowhere as the country runs out of money

The Greek government's ongoing crisis isn't looking much better at the start of the week.

The government and representatives from the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund were locked in negotiations over the weekend, with little progress reported.

After a …


Greece submits reform proposals to eurozone creditors – with a warning

Greece submitted a long-awaited list of structural reforms to its creditors on Friday as its leftist-led government warned it would stop meeting debt obligations if negotiations failed and aid was not forthcoming.

As officials from the EU, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International …


Threat of ground incursion looms over Yemen

Oversized military trucks painted in desert beige hauled tanks in the same camouflage color down a dark highway late Saturday past glowing billboards in the Saudi Arabian town of Jazan.

With the border with Yemen little more than 20 miles away, the trucks captured on a video distributed by the news …

Middle East

Lee Kuan Yew: Singapore set for funeral procession

Singapore is preparing to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday aged 91.

Mr Lee's coffin will be carried in a procession across the streets of Singapore, and taken to a state funeral attended by world leaders.

The statesman's body will then be cremated in a private …


Reports: Germanwings co-pilot dumped by girlfriend day before crash, being treated for depression

New reports Saturday say Andreas Lubitz -- the copilot who crashed a jet into a French mountainside early Tuesday -- had been dumped the day before the crash, dreamed about crashing a plane and suffered vision problems, which could have cost him his job.

The new revelations emerged four days after …


NYC Building Fire: Restaurant Owner Smelled Gas Before Massive Explosion, Officials Say

With the cause of a fire and explosion that destroyed several buildings in Manhattan's East Village on Thursday still under investigation, officials …

New York

Portable media player gives North Koreans illicit window on the world

A £35 portable media player is providing many North Koreans with a window to the outside world despite the government’s efforts to keep them isolated - a symbol of change in one of the world’s most repressed societies.

By some estimates, up to half of all urban North Korean households have a …


Russia is joining a Chinese-led development bank

Moscow (AFP) - Russia is to sign up to the Chinese-led development bank AIIB, first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Saturday at an international forum in China, cited by Russian news agencies.

"I'd like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the decision that Russia …


Fears of a new global crash as debts and dollar’s value rise

Greek ministers are spending this weekend, almost five grinding years since Athens was first bailed out, wrangling over the details of the spending cuts and economic reforms they have drawn up to appease their creditors.

As the recriminations fly between Europe’s capitals, campaigners are warning …


The warning signs straight-A student was on road to Syrian Isis stronghold

The warning signs were clear months before British medical student Lena Mamoun Abdel Gabir left for Syria to volunteer in Islamic State-controlled areas – if anyone had thought to look.

Between pictures of flowers and cupcakes, jokes about Nutella and getting married, a Twitter account, apparently …

Middle East

First baby born from IVF technique which eliminates inherited disease

A pioneering IVF technique allows babies at risk from inherited illnesses to be born free of disease

The first baby has been born in Europe from a new IVF procedure that checks embryos for devastating genetic disorders.

Lucas Meagu was at high risk of inheriting a rare form of muscular dystrophy …


Facebook successfully tests laser drones in UK skies

Facebook has been testing large, solar-powered drones in the skies over the UK, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has announced.

The drones use lasers to beam internet access down to the ground, designed to provide connections to rural and internet-free zones.

“As part of our effort to …


Somalia hotel siege ends with 20 dead

A siege that started with gunmen detonating a bomb and spraying bullets in a hotel in Somalia ended Saturday with at least 20 people dead, authorities said.

Among the dead was a Somali-American woman, Fahia Nur, 45, according to her uncle, Yusuf Kheire. He said Nur and her mother were dining in the …


Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election

ABUJA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999.

The tense race pits President Goodluck Jonathan against …


Amanda Knox 'Grateful' Conviction Overturned

Italy's highest court decided today to overturn Amanda Knox's reconviction in connection with her roommate's slaying, meaning that she will not be …

Amanda Knox

Somalia hotel attack: Diplomat, others killed

Gunmen detonated bombs and sprayed people with bullets as they raided a hotel in Somalia's capital late Friday afternoon, killing a Somali diplomat and at least five other people in an attack claimed by Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab, officials said.

Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari, Somalia's …