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Iraqi Kurdish forces retake town from jihadists

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Iraqi Kurdish forces on Saturday retook the northern town of Zumar from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists after weeks of fighting, a senior officer said. "After clashes that began this morning and with American air support, we were able to force (IS) militants from the centre"...(more) 




Laughing 13-year-old shot dead by Indiana neighbor: report

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He was shot dead for laughing. An enraged Indiana man blasted his 13-year-old neighbor nine times when he returned home on Friday to find his house burglarized and spotted the boy chuckling, police and relatives said.  



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One dead in Somali car bomb attack

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At least one person was killed and several others wounded on Saturday in a car bombing outside a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, officials said. A Somali police official, General Mohamed Yusuf Madale, told reporters the car bomb went off outside the Golden Hotel shortly after...(more) 



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Iran acid attack suspects freed as lack of evidence

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Several Iranian men arrested on suspicion of committing horrific acid attacks on women have been released due to insufficient evidence, the interior minister revealed Saturday. The attacks in Isfahan, Iran's top tourist destination, have shocked the public and provoked a major protest there Wednesday from citizens...(more) 



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Tunisia PM says election is target for jihadists

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Tunisia's prime minister warned Saturday of possible jihadist attacks during a landmark election this weekend, as security was tightened for a vote he said offered hope to the entire region. It brings hope," Mehdi Jomaa told AFP during an inspection of security forces ahead of Sunday's...(more) 



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In rural Tunisia, economic malaise weighs on voters

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By Tarek Amara KASSERINE Tunisia (Reuters) - In the western Tunisian city of Kasserine, campaign posters plastered on walls make plain what many voters want from Sunday's parliamentary election -- jobs, whose scarcity has fueled unrest and militancy. Alongside portraits of would-be lawmakers and party logos,...(more) 




U.S., allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: U.S. Central Command

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said. U.S. warplanes also destroyed an Islamic State artillery piece near Kobani, Syria, officials said Saturday. The 22 strikes...(more) 



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UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn

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Concern was high at a perceived lack of urgency as UN climate negotiations shuffled towards a close in Bonn on Saturday with just 14 months left to finalise a new, global pact. The six-day meeting of senior officials in the former West German capital was meant...(more) 



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Zimbabwe's ruling party skirts succession feud

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Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF politburo has brought forward a crunch elective congress but did not debate factional fighting threatening to tear the party apart, its spokesman said Saturday. The dates have been changed," party spokesman Rugare Gumbo said. President Robert Mugabe chaired the meeting of ZANU-PF'S supreme...(more) 



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IS jihadists kill eight Iraqi soldiers in clashes south of Baghdad

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Eight Iraqi soldiers were killed in fighting with jihadists south of Baghdad as the army battled to secure the route used by hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims, officers said Saturday. Pilgrims taking part in Ashura commemorations, which mark the death of Imam Hussein, one of...(more) 



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Environmentalists don’t like Europe’s new climate plan. Can Obama do better?

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Environmental groups are warning that a new European agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 sets the bar far too low. The pact — which was reached early Friday in Brussels — makes the European Union the first major bloc of...(more) 




Attacks 'threaten Egypt's existence'

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Egypt faces an existential threat from jihadists, the president says, after at least 31 soldiers are killed in two attacks in the Sinai peninsula. 



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