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Iran: 'Psychological warfare' as US sanctions kick in

EU urges European companies to bolster trade despite American sanctions taking effect on Tuesday.<p>US sanctions against Iran took effect on Tuesday, a move certain to worsen the lives of ordinary Iranians, as President Hassan Rouhani described the controversial reimposition as "psychological warfare".<p>…

South Asia

Che cosa c'è nel "decreto dignità" - Il Post

È stato approvato ieri dal governo: i contratti precari sono stati resi più complicati e costosi, ma non c'è niente per rendere più convenienti …

How a Syrian Airstrike Got Help From Space

A glimpse at the early days of a new kind of space war, where 30-somethings are rewriting the rules from a command center in Qatar.<p>It's early April, and the U.S. and its allies at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar are planning an air strike—retaliation against the Bashar al-Assad regime after another …

War

Wanted Dead or Alive: The Frustrating, Failing Hunt for ISIS Leader Baghdadi

Americans and Russians have converged on the Euphrates Valley where the ISIS “caliphate” is making a last stand. They “think” Baghdadi’s alive there. …

Kurds battle lack of equipment and ISIS

<b>Irbil, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Rashid Fouad Abdullah is a Kurdish peshmerga fighter in his late 50s, but he's younger than his gun.<p>It's a British artillery piece manufactured in 1941, kept in immaculate condition and in daily service as Kurdish forces tighten their grip around Iraq's second city, …

Middle East

Jordan Moves 'Thousands' of Troops to Iraq Border: Jordanian Sources

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan has deployed "thousands" of troops at its border with Iraq as it ramps up a campaign against ISIS militants who set a pilot ablaze, two Jordanian government officials told NBC News on Tuesday.<p>The troops were sent to prevent the infiltration of ISIS fighters into Jordan and as …

Syria barrel bombs 'kill dozens in Islamic State areas'

<b>Syrian planes and helicopters have dropped barrel bombs on Islamic State-held areas in the north-east, killing some 40 people, activists say.</b><p>The barrel-bombs, crudely made drums of explosives, were dropped during Thursday and overnight, targeting al-Bab and Qabaseen near Aleppo.<p>Activists say the …

Middle East

Somalia: Al-Shabaab intelligence chief captured

<b>(CNN) —</b> Somali government forces on Saturday captured a top commander of the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab, two of the country's military officials said.<p>Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, Al-Shabaab's intelligence chief, was captured in a house near the town of El Wak, Somali military commander …

Girl, 13: Boko Haram tried to force me to become a suicide bomber

<b>Kano, Nigeria (CNN) —</b> A 13-year-old Nigerian girl told reporters that her father handed her over to Islamist militants to become a suicide bomber, but she fled as two other girls detonated their explosives at a market earlier this month.<p>The girl was presented before the media Wednesday to describe …

Two dead in Turkey's southeast as Islamists, Kurds clash

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Two people died and three others were wounded on Saturday in clashes between Islamists and Kurdish youths in Turkey’s southeastern town of Cizre, the government said.<p>Security sources said clashes erupted after midnight between members of the Islamist Free Cause Party …

Ukraine: Mass prisoner exchange following peace talks

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met some of the freed prisoners, who were exchanged with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, at a military airport near Kyiv.<p>There have been conflicting reports of the total number of prisoners released. Russian state media said the total …

Gentiloni in Iraq incontra i leader curdi: "Possibile rovesciare l'Is"

Il ministro degli Esteri in visita in varie zone dal Paese, da Bagdad alle regioni petrolifere del nord. Tutti fronti aperti con gli jihadisti dello …

Author's journey inside ISIS: They're 'more dangerous than people realize'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Juergen Todenhoefer's journey was a tough one: dangerous, but also eye-opening. The author traveled deep into ISIS territory -- the area they now call their "caliphate" -- visiting Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in Syria, as well as Mosul in Iraq.<p>Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, was taken by ISIS …

Suicide bomber kills dozens in town near Baghdad

A suicide bomber killed 38 people and wounded dozens more in a town near Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.<p>The attacker detonated explosives near Awakening Council members in al-Madaan, a town roughly 20 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, as they were collecting their monthly paychecks at the …

For first time, ISIS downs and captures coalition pilot -- a Jordanian

<b>Amman, Jordan (CNN) —</b> For the first time since an international coalition began striking ISIS, one of its pilots has been shot down and taken captive by the Islamist extremist group.<p>The captured F-16 pilot is Moaz al-Kasasbeh, a member of Jordan's military, according to his uncle, retired Jordanian …

ISIS governor of Mosul killed in coalition airstrikes

<b>(CNN) —</b> The latest ISIS-appointed governor of Mosul was killed in coalition airstrikes on Thursday, according to Iraqi police.<p>Hassan Saeed Al-Jabouri, also known as Abu Taluut, was killed 18 miles south of Mosul in the village of Qayyara, according to Maj. Gen. Watheq Al-Hamdani, a senior regional …

Sangue in Libia: almeno 19 soldati uccisi

Altra giornata di sangue in Libia. Almeno 19 soldati sono stati uccisi in una serie di attacchi dei miliziani islamisti a Sirte, nell’est del Paese. Un razzo ha colpito un serbatoio di carburante che ha preso fuoco nella regione di al Sedra dove si trova il più importante porto-terminale di carico …

Lotta all'Isil, la Turchia promette più sostegno

Incontro tra il primo ministro iracheno Haider Al Abadi e l’omologo turco Ahmet Davutoglu giovedì ad Ankara. Tema del vertice la lotta al sedicente Stato islamico, che controlla parte del territorio siriano e iracheno.<p>La Turchia ha promesso ulteriore sostegno nella battaglia contro l’Isil, che si …

Scontri a Sidra, il più grande porto petrolifero della Libia

In Libia è sempre più caos, con due governi che lottano per il controllo delle risorse energetiche.<p>Uno dei più sanguinosi terreni di scontro è il terminale petrolifero di Sidra. Nelle ultime ore un serbatoio è stato colpito e ha preso fuoco.<p>La Petroleum Guard Facility, che presidia l’area, ha …

Iraq: viaggio tra i bambini di Erbil, dove l'emergenza è la normalità

Dall’inizio della crisi in Siria, 4 anni fa, 220.000 siriani sono fuggiti a Erbil, nel Kurdistan iracheno. Si aggiungono agli oltre 2 milioni di iracheni in fuga dai fondamentalisti. I bambini rappresentano la metà di tutti i rifugiati. Il 2014, denuncia l’Unicef, è stato un anno devastante per …

Raid in Siria, oltre 40 morti. Alcuni sono bimbi. Colpiti due villaggi controllati dall'ISIL

Ancora sangue in Siria. Almeno 45 civili, tra cui diversi bambini, sono rimasti uccisi duranti i raid dell’aviazione di Damasco in due villaggi a nord di Aleppo e controllati dall’ISIL. A riferirlo l’osservatorio siriano per i diritti umani, una Onlus che ha sede a Londra. L’ong precisa che ci …

Pakistan kills school massacre 'facilitator'

Pakistani security forces have killed a Taliban commander who allegedly facilitated the Peshawar school massacre, which left 150 people dead in the country's worst ever attack.<p>Officials on Friday said the fighter, named only as Saddam, was killed on Thursday night in a gunfight with security forces …

Nuova dottrina militare della Russia: ''La Nato è la minaccia primaria''

La Nato è una minaccia primaria per la sicurezza di Mosca: a stabilirlo è la nuova dottrina militare approvata dal presidente Vladimir Putin. Il testo arriva qualche giorno dopo la rinuncia dell’Ucraina al suo status di Paese ‘non allineato’ e al suo impegno di soddisfare i criteri di adesione …

Ebola: oltre 7.500 morti, un Natale triste per i Paesi colpiti

È Natale, nonostante tutto.<br>A Kenema, in Sierra Leone, i volontari e il personale sanitario tentano di risollevare il morale ai pazienti affetti da Ebola.<br>Canti natalizi e anche un po’ di danza, stando attenti a non entrare mai in contatto.<p>L’ultimo bilancio fornito dall’Organizzazione Mondiale della …

Ucraina

E mentre ribelli filorussi e truppe ucraine si sarebbero accordati per lo scambio di centinaia di prigionieri, forse già questo fine settimana, le telecamere di Euronews sono arrivate a Debaltsevo, in Donbas in un centro dove forze congiunte dovrebbero coordinare la tregua.<p>Alla nostra domanda se la …

Russia says Kiev's move to join NATO dangerous for Europe

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine’s pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kiev’s bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.<p>Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei …

Two U.S. drone strikes kill seven militants in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two suspected U.S. drones fired missiles at militant hideouts in northwest Pakistan on Friday killing at least seven fighters, Pakistani intelligence officials said.<p>The attacks took place in the same area where the Pakistani army has been mounting an …

Syrian air force kills 45 civilians in stepped-up raids: monitor

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least 45 civilians were killed and some 175 wounded when aircraft bombed a northern Syrian city controlled by Islamic State, as Bashar al-Assad’s government stepped up air raids, residents and a monitoring group said on Friday.<p>Helicopters and war planes dropped barrel bombs — …

Rocket hits storage tank at Libya's biggest oil port

BENGHAZI/TUNIS, Libya (Reuters) - A rocket set a storage tank at the eastern Libyan oil of port Es Sider on fire as armed factions allied to competing governments fought for control of the country’s biggest export terminal, officials from both sides said on Thursday.<p>Black smoke billows out of a …