Swamp hideout

Eleven-year-old Kai Tap sits alone looking pensive as he watches other children sing and play at Eden school inside a civilian protection site run by the United Nations in South Sudan. He recently arrived at the camp in the northern … Continue reading

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Iraqi army tries to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul

By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Stephen Kalin | SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any… Continue Reading … Continue reading

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Hundreds of flights canceled in Lufthansa budget unit strike

Cabin crews at Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) budget units Eurowings and Germanwings staged a strike on Thursday in a row over pay and conditions, forcing the carrier to cancel hundreds of flights. The crew threatened more walkouts next week. Thursday’s strike at … Continue reading

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US says up to 900 jihadists killed in Mosul battle

Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) – The United States said Thursday that up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq’s Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians. Iraqis who fled their … Continue reading

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Syrian IS suspect charged with scouting Berlin attack sites

Berlin (AFP) – German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had brought charges against a 19-year-old Syrian man accused of having scouted targets in Berlin for a potential attack by the Islamic State group. The man identified only as Shaas Al-M. … Continue reading

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Tycoon's model village woos Lithuanian voters

Naisiai (Lithuania) (AFP) – A peasants’ party that scored a surprise victory in Lithuania’s weekend election is the brainchild of a farming tycoon famous for transforming his village from a derelict Soviet-era state farm into a pastoral wonderland. Ramunas Karbauskis, … Continue reading

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US Treasury chief warns on 9/11 law during Saudi visit

Riyadh (AFP) – A United States law allowing victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia could have “serious implications” for shared US-Gulf interests, a top Obama administration official said Thursday. US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew made … Continue reading

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The surprising way that governor candidates namedrop Trump, Clinton and Obama in TV ads

Several Democratic gubernatorial candidates are running ads against their party’s leader, President Barack Obama, and their nominee, Hillary Clinton — even as she appears headed for a landslide victory. In fact, more than 97 percent of the gubernatorial TV ads … Continue reading

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Man in court over suspect North Greenwich Tube device

A 19-year-old man has appeared in court charged with making an explosive substance after a suspect device was found on a London Underground train. Damon Smith is accused of unlawfully and maliciously making or having in his possession an explosive … Continue reading

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Lennon MBE refusal letter found in car boot haul

A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen explaining why he was returning his MBE was found tucked in a record sleeve from a £10 car boot haul. The anonymous owner took the document to a valuation day at The … Continue reading

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Under fire, Japan defends whale hunts for 'science'

Portorož (Slovenia) (AFP) – In the crosshairs of anti-whaling nations, Japan defended its annual Southern Ocean whale hunt, insisting it was gathering scientific data even as detractors accused it Thursday of harvesting meat under false pretences. Japan denied claims at … Continue reading

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Kenya declares curfew in strife-hit Mandera

Nairobi (AFP) – Kenya’s government on Thursday announced a 60-day dusk to dawn curfew in the northeastern town of Mandera, hit by two deadly terrorist attacks in three weeks. Interior minister Joseph Nkaissery issued the order two days after Shabaab … Continue reading

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