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ISIS burn 3 Iraq oil wells as Kurds attack

ISIS burn 3 Iraq oil wells as Kurds attack

KIRKUK: Retreating jihadists set three wells ablaze at a northern Iraq oil field Thursday as they battled Kurdish forces that launched a major attack nearby, officials said. ISIS jihadists set the wells on fire before deserting the Ain Zalah field, which was seized by militants...

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Turkish party to confirm Erdogan's successor

Turkish party to confirm Erdogan's successor

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's ruling party convened on Wednesday to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as its new chairman and prime minister-designate, to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he becomes president — a position he has pledged to transform from a ceremonial post...

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Long-term Gaza ceasefire goes into effect

Long-term Gaza ceasefire goes into effect

Celebrations erupted in Gaza on Tuesday as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians went into effect, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. The agreement, which came into effect at 1600 GMT, involves an immediate halt to the violence in Gaza,...

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Gaza ceasefire deal reached, Palestinian groups say

Gaza ceasefire deal reached, Palestinian groups say

(Reuters) - Palestinian officials said on Tuesday a Gaza ceasefire deal with Israel has been reached under Egyptian mediation and a formal announcement of an agreement was imminent. There was no immediate confirmation from Israel , where a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin...

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Three Chinese engineers kidnapped in southeast Turkey: sources

Three Chinese engineers kidnapped in southeast Turkey: sources

(Reuters) - Suspected Kurdish militants have kidnapped three Chinese engineers in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq and Syria , security sources said on Monday. The workers were seized from a shop in the border town of Silopi late on Sunday by suspected members of...

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Israel destroys 13-storey building in Gaza air strike

Israel destroys 13-storey building in Gaza air strike

(Reuters) - Israel launched more air strikes on Gaza on Sunday after taking its military campaign to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower following a warning to residents to evacuate. Palestinian militants kept up their cross-border rocket fire in what has...

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Palestinian president calls for Gaza talks to resume as fighting rages

Palestinian president calls for Gaza talks to resume as fighting rages

(Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an urgent resumption of peace talks on Saturday as violence continued unabated in the Gaza Strip with Israel carrying out air strikes and militants firing rockets. Gaza health officials said five people, including...

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Fleeing Iraqi Christians reveal horror of Islamic State

Fleeing Iraqi Christians reveal horror of Islamic State

From the rescue plane which took them on a one-way journey to France, two Iraqi refugees revealed tales of rape and fear at the hands of Islamic State that forced them to flee their homeland with nothing. Rene, who did not want to give his last name, said the Islamic...

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US won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

US won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security. "We're not going...

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Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

(Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. A morgue official in...

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Islamic State militants stone man to death in Iraq: witness

Islamic State militants stone man to death in Iraq: witness

(Reuters) - Islamic State militants in Iraq stoned a man to death in the northern city of Mosul after one of their courts sentenced him to die for the crime of adultery, a witness said on Friday. The stoning, which happened on Thursday, was the first known instance of the...

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Amid U.S. air strikes, Iraq struggles to build own air force

Amid U.S. air strikes, Iraq struggles to build own air force

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the U.S. military to become Iraq's air force. But he may have little choice. Iraq had only a fledgling air force when the United States withdrew in 2011. Washington has agreed to bolster Iraqi air...

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US strikes Islamic State in Iraq after hostage horror

US strikes Islamic State in Iraq after hostage horror

The United States sought to maintain pressure on jihadist militants in Iraq on Thursday, launching air strikes after the murder of a journalist underlined the international threat posed by the Islamic State. And, in the latest sign that a reluctant America could be dragged deeper...

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Hamas says Israel killed three top Gaza commanders

Hamas says Israel killed three top Gaza commanders

(Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas military commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the Islamist group said, the clearest sign yet Israel is focusing its assault on those leading attacks from the Palestinian enclave. The Israeli military had no...

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Islamic State video shows conversion of Yazidis to Islam

Islamic State video shows conversion of Yazidis to Islam

(Reuters) - Islamic State, a militant group that witnesses and officials say has executed hundreds of members of Iraq's Yazidis, has released a video that seeks to show it enlightened hundreds of members of the religious minority by converting them to Islam. The production was...

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Kurd shot dead in clash over statue with Turkish force

Kurd shot dead in clash over statue with Turkish force

(Reuters) - A Kurdish protester was shot dead and two others were wounded in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday as they clashed with security forces dismantling a newly erected statue of a prominent Kurdish militant. Soldiers backed by military helicopters were removing the statue...

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New Gaza fighting erupts, Israel orders truce negotiators home from Cairo

New Gaza fighting erupts, Israel orders truce negotiators home from Cairo

(Reuters) - Israel said Palestinian militants fired rockets from Gaza on Tuesday in violation of a truce, attacks that swiftly drew air strikes and the recall of Israeli negotiators from talks in Cairo on a long-term ceasefire. Three rockets struck southern Israel ,...

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ISIS message to America: ‘we will drown all of you in blood’

ISIS message to America: ‘we will drown all of you in blood’

  The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans “in any place” if...

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