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Obama seeks some limits on ground troops for Islamic State fight

Obama seeks some limits on ground troops for Islamic State fight

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will propose to Congress on Wednesday a new three-year authorization for the use of force against Islamic State with limits on U.S. combat troops' involvement, lawmakers and congressional aides said. Obama has defended his authority...

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ISIL supporters hack Newsweek’s Twitter account

ISIL supporters hack Newsweek’s Twitter account

The Twitter account of news outlet  Newsweek  was hacked Tuesday by  ISIL  supporters who then issued threats against President Barack Obama and his family. Once the account was breached, hackers calling themselves Cyber Caliphate replaced the banner image with...

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 Nine people killed, 37 wounded in Baghdad attacks

Nine people killed, 37 wounded in Baghdad attacks

Nine people were killed and 37 others wounded in separate incidents on Tuesday in Baghdad, police said. Three people were killed and 11 others injured when a car bomb exploded at a market place in al-Mahmoudiya district in southern Baghdad, police told The Anadolu Agency. One...

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Egypt, Russia sign cooperation agreements

Egypt, Russia sign cooperation agreements

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Tuesday that his country had signed several agreements with  Russia  for stepped-up cooperation in the fields of energy, trade and security. At a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, al-Sisi said the two...

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Iraqi Yazidis take revenge as Islamic State atrocities unearthed

Iraqi Yazidis take revenge as Islamic State atrocities unearthed

(Reuters) - Some members of Iraq's Yazidi minority are turning on their Arab neighbors, staging deadly reprisals against Sunni villagers they believe collaborated in atrocities inflicted by Islamic State on their community. Yazidis returning to their northern home area of Sinjar...

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Obama says extending deadline for Iran nuclear deal not useful

Obama says extending deadline for Iran nuclear deal not useful

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday extending the March deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran would not be useful if Iran does not agree to a basic framework that assures world powers it is not pursuing nuclear arms. "At this juncture I don't see a further...

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Egypt to compensate families of dead fans

Egypt to compensate families of dead fans

(Reuters) - Families of fans who died outside an Egyptian soccer stadium on Sunday when security forces barred fans from entering will be offered 25,000 Egyptian pounds ($3280) in compensation. A Health Ministry spokesman said the final toll was 19 dead, but the public...

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 Netanyahu considering changes to Congress speech after criticism

Netanyahu considering changes to Congress speech after criticism

(Reuters) - Israeli officials are considering amending the format of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned address to the U.S. Congress next month to try to calm some of the partisan furore the Iran-focused speech has provoked. Netanyahu is due to address a joint...

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Obama says still weighing decision on arming Ukraine forces

Obama says still weighing decision on arming Ukraine forces

 U.S. President Barack Obama made clear he was some way from a decision on whether to arm Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, saying on Monday he still hoped for a diplomatic solution. "The measure by which I make these decisions is: 'Is it more likely...

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French PM: 80 French fighters killed in conflict zones

French PM: 80 French fighters killed in conflict zones

About 80 French nationals and residents are believed to have been killed in conflict zones such as Syria and Iraq, French Prime Minister  Manuel Valls has said. Valls said in an interview with French radio Europe 1 on Monday that the phenomenon...

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Hooded gunmen fire on French police in Marseille: source

Hooded gunmen fire on French police in Marseille: source

(Reuters) - Hooded gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifles fired on police in the French city of Marseille, where Prime Minister Manuel Valls was paying a visit on Monday, a police source said. Elite police trooops were being sent to the scene, in the northern suburbs of the...

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Iraq to launch major ground offensive against IS group

Iraq to launch major ground offensive against IS group

A top US official announced Sunday that Iraqi troops will launch a ground offensive within weeks to take back swathes of the country seized by Islamic State group, while a suicide attack killed at least 12 in Baghdad on Monday. “There will be a major counter offensive on the ground in...

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Ukraine: 82 killed in eastern region clashes

Ukraine: 82 killed in eastern region clashes

A total of 82 people including 70 pro-Russian separatists and 12 Ukrainian troops were killed in ongoing clashes between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours, officials said Sunday. The separatists carried out 111 attacks in...

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Twenty-two people killed outside Cairo soccer stadium

Twenty-two people killed outside Cairo soccer stadium

(Reuters) - Twenty-two people were killed outside an Egyptian soccer stadium on Sunday when security forces barred fans from entering, the public prosecutor's office said. Most of the dead were suffocated when the crowd stampeded after police used tear gas to clear the fans...

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HSBC sheltered murky cash linked to dictators, arms dealers

HSBC sheltered murky cash linked to dictators, arms dealers

(The Indian Express)- Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channelled mortar bombs to child soldiers in Africa, bag-men for Third World dictators, traffickers in blood diamonds and other...

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Greek PM Tsipras sets up another EU clash, refuses bailout extension

Greek PM Tsipras sets up another EU clash, refuses bailout extension

(Reuters) - Greece's new leftist prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, said on Sunday he would not accept an extension to Greece's current bailout, setting up a clash with EU leaders - who want him to do just that - at a summit on Thursday. Tsipras also pledged his government would heal...

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14 killed in clashes between soccer fans and security forces in Cairo: source

14 killed in clashes between soccer fans and security forces in Cairo: source

(Reuters) - At least 14 Egyptian soccer fans were killed in clashes on Sunday night when security forces barred them from entering a stadium to watch a match, a doctor at a hospital told Reuters. The doctor who spoke in condition of anonymity said his hospital in the east of Cairo...

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Jordan says conducted 56 air raids in three days against Islamic State

Jordan says conducted 56 air raids in three days against Islamic State

Jordan's air force chief said on Sunday his country's jet fighters had conducted 56 bombing raids in three days against Islamic State militants in northeast  Syria , targeting key bases and arms depots. Jordan stepped up its bombing of the jihadist group on Thursday in...

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