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20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …

First gay priest to marry banned from working as a priest in his diocese

Canon Jeremy Pemberton has had his rights to operate as a priest in Nottinghamshire revoked after marrying his gay partner despite church opposition<p>A gay British clergyman who defied Church opposition to same-sex marriage by wedding his partner has been banned from working as a priest in his former …

Iran opposes US intervention in Iraq, says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday he is against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists and Sunni militants opposed to Tehran have seized a number of towns and cities, the official IRNA news agency reported.<p>"We strongly oppose the intervention of the US and …

Militants blitz through Iraq's western desert

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening …

How We’re Inadvertently Helping ISIS

You might have seen the pic­ture: on the left, a row of stand­ing men, mostly masked, aim­ing rifles; on the right, a line of men ly­ing face-down …

Photo Essays

Iraq's al-Maliki extends overtures to rivals

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces and Sunni militants battled fiercely for control of the nation's largest oil refinery on Wednesday as Prime Minister …

Iraq crisis: Shia forces accused of sectarian massacre at prison

Relatives and survivors say Sunni prisoners were killed by Shia forces, in apparent revenge for killings by Isis fighters<p>Shia-led forces were on Tuesday night accused of a sectarian massacre at an Iraqi prison in apparent retaliation for killings by Sunni jihadists sweeping through the …

Middle East

Associated Press News

Obama to send up to 300 'military advisers' to help Iraqi army repel Isis

Barack Obama announced on Thursday that a contingent up to 300 “military advisers” will be sent to help Iraq's beleaguered army repel the advance of Sunni insurgents, but insisted the US would not be dragged into another bloody war in the country.<p>The troops, drawn from US special operations forces, …

ISIS Militants Are Trolling The White House With A Photoshop Mocking Michelle Obama

Besides taking over a significant portion of Iraq, radical militants are now trolling the White House.<p>Patrick Baz, a photo manager for Agence France Presse, spotted a photo being passed around by militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) meant to mock First Lady Michelle …

Michelle Obama

Sunni fighters expand offensive in western Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni insurgents led by an al-Qaida breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province on Saturday, capturing …

Iraq asks US for air strikes on ISIL rebels

Iraq's foreign minister has asked the US to launch air attacks on Sunni rebels to put down a week-long rebellion by fighters led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.<p>Hoshyar Zebari told a news conference on Wednesday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that a request had been made "to break the morale" …

Pentagon Sends Another Ship Into Persian Gulf Amid Iraq Turmoil

The Pentagon is sending another ship to the Persian Gulf to give President Barack Obama "additional options to protect American citizens and interests in Iraq," an official said Monday.<p>The amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde — which carries Osprey combat helicopters — will join other U.S. …

Could U.S., Iran work together in Iraq? Maybe, officials say

The United States could end up cooperating with Iran to stop militant gains in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Monday in an interview with Yahoo!News.<p>But a Pentagon spokesman denied Monday that any military coordination with Iran is in the cards.<p>In his interview with Yahoo!News, Kerry …

Iraqi Christians flee homes amid militant push

ALQOSH, Iraq (AP) — Over the past decade, Iraqi Christians have fled repeatedly to this ancient mountainside village, seeking refuge from violence, …

U.S. Contractors Are Evacuating Iraq Amid Growing Turmoil

Reuters<p>U.S. Geological Survey/Reuters<p>AP<p>Ahmad Mousa—Reuters<p>Mohammed Sawaf—AFP/Getty Images<p>Ako Rasheed—Reuters<p>Nabil Al-Jurani—AP<p>AP<p>Alaa …

ISIS: The first terror group to build an Islamic state?

The face of a balding, middle-aged man stares unsmilingly into the camera. He is dressed in a suit and tie and could pass for a midlevel bureaucrat.<p>But the photograph is that of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who has transformed a few terror cells harried to the verge of extinction into the most dangerous …

Coup? What Coup? The Thai Junta Is Denying Everything

Thailand’s ruling junta — yes, the same military regime that seized power by force of arms on May 22, ousting a civilian government and detaining …

Russian bombers spotted near California last week

Russian bomber aircraft were spotted last week off Alaska and then within 50 miles of California, military officials said.<p>Four long-range planes flew close to Alaska on June 4 where they were intercepted by U.S. F-22 fighter jets. Two peeled off and headed west, while the other two flew south and …

Russian bombers fly near California

U.S. fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers off Alaska and California this month, the latest incidents in a string of recent aerial encounters over the Pacific.<p>On June 4, according to U.S. defense officials, four long-range Russian Tu-95 Bear-H bombers, accompanied by an aerial refueling tanker, …

Indian police arrest students for defaming Narendra Modi

Police in southern India have arrested seven people, including four students, and charged them with defaming the country's new prime minister in a college magazine, officials have said.<p>The arrests came after an annual student magazine at the Government Polytechnic College in Kerala state included a …

Iraq crisis: Shia volunteers confront Sunni insurgents in Samarra

Iraq was braced on Friday for a return to a level of sectarian war last seen almost a decade ago as Shia fighters rushed to Samarra to confront Sunni insurgents and the country's leading Shia cleric called on his followers to take up arms to defend "their country, their people and their holy places"<p>…

Obama 'urgently' considering air assault on targets in Syria and Iraq

The Obama administration is urgently considering an air assault on Islamic extremists that officials told the Guardian could be directed at targets in Syria as well as Iraq.<p>President Obama announced on Friday that in the "days ahead" he will decide on a package of military and diplomatic options to …

Obama: We're Not Sending American Troops Back to Iraq

President Barack Obama said Friday he is still weighing “selective actions” by the American military in Iraq to slow Sunni extremist fighters …

Iraq Just Blocked Twitter, Google, YouTube And Facebook To Stop The ISIS From Plotting

Today the Republic of Iraq blocked Twitter, Google, YouTube, Facebook, in response to the hostile ISIS uprising, International Business Times reports.<p>The Kuwait News Agency also confirmed that Iraq's Ministry of Communications has blocked the social networks amid fears that the extremist militant …

Social Media

Iraq cleric issues call to arms against ISIL

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most-senior Shia cleric, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against Sunni fighters advancing towards Baghdad, prompting an immediate response from hundreds who volunteered to bolster the capital's defences.<p>Sistani issued the call to arms on Friday to defend …

St. Louis Archbishop Didn't Know Sex With Children Was a Crime

The St. Louis archbishop embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal testified last month that he didn’t know in the 1980s whether it was illegal for priests to have sex with children, according to a court deposition released Monday.<p>Archbishop Robert Carlson, who was chancellor of the Archdiocese of …

Egypt's Sisi tells Interior Minister to fight sexual harassment

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the interior minister to fight sexual harassment following the arrest of seven men for attacking women near Cairo’s Tahrir Square during his inauguration celebrations, his office said on Tuesday.<p>People ride a bus with letters …