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US military aircraft drop food, water to Iraqis for second night

Washington – U.S. military aircraft dropped humanitarian aid to Iraqis under threat from hardline militants in northern Iraq for the second straight night, the Pentagon said on Friday. “This airdrop was conducted from multiple airbases within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and as with last night, included one C-17 and two C-130 cargo […]

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Pakistani police and protesters clash, four dead, 500 arrested

Lahore/Multan, Pakistan – Violence erupted in several places in Pakistan on Saturday between police and supporters of an anti-government cleric and at least four people were killed and scores injured, police and witnesses said. The violence, which broke out on Friday, is exacerbating tension ahead of a big protest rally by the activist cleric, Tahir […]

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Rockets, airstrikes after Gaza war truce collapses

Gaza City, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says it struck more than 20 targets overnight in the Gaza Strip as militant fire continued toward Israel. Saturday’s violence follows the collapse of a three-day truce aimed at bringing an end to the deadliest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas since the Islamic militant […]

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China foreign ministry defends lighthouse on disputed islands

Beijing – China’s foreign ministry has defended the government’s decision to build lighthouses on disputed islands in the South China Sea, saying they were being built to facilitate navigation. State media reported on Thursday that China was planning to build lighthouses on five islands in the South China Sea, known in English as North Reef, […]

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US doctor, aid worker appear to be improving

Atlanta (AP) — An American doctor infected with Ebola while working in Liberia indicated Friday he’s getting stronger every day, and the husband of a second aid worker with the deadly virus said his wife also seems to be improving. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are being treated in an isolation unit in Atlanta. […]

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Israel strikes Gaza after militants resume rocket fire

Gaza/Jerusalem – Israel launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to Palestinian rockets after Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce in a month-old war. Egypt later called for a resumption of the ceasefire, saying only a few points remained to be agreed. Palestinian factions said they would meet Egyptian […]

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U.S. bombs Islamic State after Obama call to prevent Iraq ‘genocide’

Baghdad/Arbil, Iraq – U.S. warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq’s Kurdish capital on Friday after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent “genocide”. Islamic State fighters, who have beheaded and crucified captives in their drive to eradicate unbelievers, have advanced to within a half hour’s drive of Arbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdish […]

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White House: number of Central American migrant children is decreasing

Washington – A recent surge in migrant children from Central America across the U.S. border has eased, but the numbers are still high compared to historical standards, and could rise again once the weather cools down, the White House said on Friday. “Historical trends also indicate that as the weather cools and as we enter […]

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Iselle lashes Hawaii with wind, rain as Julio threatens

Kapaau, Hawaii (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Iselle pummeled the Hawaiian Islands with high winds and heavy rain on Friday, forcing hundreds to seek shelter and knocking out power to 23,000 people as residents kept a wary eye on an even more powerful storm headed their way. Iselle weakened into a tropical storm before reaching Hawaii and […]

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Obama authorizes air strikes to prevent Iraq ‘genocide’

Washington – President Barack Obama said Thursday he had authorized US air strikes on Iraq and humanitarian supply drops to prevent a “genocide” by Islamist extremists against minorities. “We can act, carefully and responsibly, to prevent a potential act of genocide,” Obama said, referring to the attacks against the besieged Yazidi minority, thousands of whom […]

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