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Over 10000 civilians flee as Iraqi forces push deeper into west Mosul

Thamir told The Associated Press that IS fighters fought back with snipers, anti-tank missiles and suicide vehicle bombs, describing the clashes as "fierce". "There are more coming". The real situation in front line positions in and around west Mosul is unclear because the Iraqi government reports only successes and never mentions setbacks or defeats. [Full Article...]

Met Office Weather Warnings Issued As Storm Ewan Touches Down In Ireland

An easyJet flight from Geneva was diverted from landing at Leeds Bradford airport to Manchester after failing to land twice yesterday. Yellow "be aware" warnings are in place for rain, wind and ice are in place for Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern parts of England and Wales. [Full Article...]

French historian Henry Rousso almost deported from US

Mr Rousso has spoken many times at leading United States universities as well as the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and was also a visiting professor at Texas A&M in 2007, according to his online profile. Mr. Rousso said in a telephone interview on Sunday that he arrived at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport around 2 p.m. Wednesday on a flight from France when immigration autho... [Full Article...]

99-year-old granny gets 'arrested' to fulfill bucket list

Oh, and she's handcuffed. Annie was placed in a cell in the Netherlands after contacting the officers in charge. The face of her though. A almost 100-year-old Dutch woman fulfilled a wish on her bucket list by getting arrested. Peter Smit, a lieutenant at the police station, told The Independent Annie was only in the cell for a couple of minutes, adding: "She wanted to be in a police cell ... [Full Article...]

Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution on Syria for a seventh time

The resolution followed a joint investigation by the United Nations and the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog that determined the Syrian government was behind at least three attacks involving chlorine gas and the Islamic State extremist group was responsible for at least one involving mustard gas. [Full Article...]

Al Qaida's No. 2 killed in USA drone strike in Syria

Al Qaida's No. 2 killed in USA drone strike in Syria Followers of the newly formed militant alliance Hai'at Tahrir al-Sham (Levant Liberation Body) posted a statement saying al-Masri was killed in a "Crusade coalition raid". "It was in al-Masri's guesthouse in Kabul, Afghanistan, that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed briefed top Al-Qaeda leaders about the planning of the September 11, 2001 attacks", the Soufan Group said. [Full Article...]

Iran confirms successful marine cruise missile launch

Iranian officials have made it clear that the country's military program, including the routine exercises and test of new missiles, will not be hampered by anything, including the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a nuclear agreement between Iran and major powers, which took effect in January 2016. [Full Article...]

Trump and DNC leader Tom Perez trade barbs on 'rigged' elections

Trump and DNC leader Tom Perez trade barbs on 'rigged' elections Perez, the labor secretary under President Obama, backed Clinton and was considered as a possible contender to be her running mate. Ellison, whom Perez chose as deputee, said following the results, "We don't have the luxury folks to walk out of this room divided". [Full Article...]

Iraqi Prime Minister orders air force strike against Islamic State inside Syria

Iraqi Prime Minister orders air force strike against Islamic State inside Syria Federal police and an interior ministry unit known as Rapid Response have completely recaptured Hawi al-Josaq east of the city's airport and started clearing houses in the Tayyaran district to its north, said a military source. The statements say the airstrikes were a response to auto bomb attacks in the al-Bayaa and al-Habibiya neighborhoods of Baghdad that killed scores of people earlier this mo... [Full Article...]

Saudi FM arrives in Iraq for surprise visit

Saudi FM arrives in Iraq for surprise visit Both sides "discussed cooperation in various fields, including the fight against the Daesh gangs", it said, referring to the Islamic State group Iraqi forces are now battling in the northern city of Mosul. He told him directly on the sidelines of a global conference on the anti-Daesh war previous year and in a statement expressing Iraq's "annoyance" over what he called "unacceptable interference". [Full Article...]

South Africa anti-foreigner protesters clash with police

Xenophobic violence flares up periodically in South Africa, and Nigeria recalled its ambassador to the country in 2015 after seven people were killed in a spate of anti-immigrant attacks in Johannesburg and Durban. "The Federal Government strongly urges the South African government to take all necessary measures to protect the lives and foreigners living and working in South Africa", the minist... [Full Article...]

At annual CPAC, new energy reflects new Trump administration

At annual CPAC, new energy reflects new Trump administration According to The Washington Post , "officials broadly dismissed Trump associates' contacts with Russian Federation as infrequent and inconsequential". "The White House is simply not permitted to pressure the FBI to make public statements about a pending investigation of the President and his advisors", Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said in late on Thursday. [Full Article...]

Students lead protest against xenophobic attacks on Nigerians

Students lead protest against xenophobic attacks on Nigerians The invasion spread to Pretoria where foreign-owned shops were looted overnight last Monday, extending to Johannesburg and Cape Town. Dabiri-Erewa also called on the South African Government to take decisive measures to protect Nigerians and others in the country. [Full Article...]

UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks

UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks A military media unit run by Syria's Lebanese ally Hezbollah said on Thursday that Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out a number of air strikes against Islamic State in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, most of which the group controls. The HNC, a Saudi-backed umbrella for some militant factions, insists he must leave office as part of any deal. "The opposition should understand that there ar... [Full Article...]

Winter Storm Watch: 9-12 Inches Possible In Casper

Friday's snow will mark an abrupt change from the April-like spring weather of the past two weeks, back to February and winter. Rain may mix with snow at times this afternoon as temperatures warm above freezing. A blizzard warning is posted for Southwestern Minnesota where high winds and heavy snow are expected to reduce visibility to almost zero on Friday. [Full Article...]

Deadline Looms For Evacuation Of Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

Deadline Looms For Evacuation Of Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp Hundreds of law enforcement officers from several states were on hand to handle any arrests . Authorities and protestors were waiting for the Wednesday afternoon deadline that Gov. Some people said they planned to set fire to the empty structures to speed up cleanup. "This is a stain on the history of North Dakota and America". [Full Article...]

Mexico 'Will Not Accept' New US Immigration Policies

Mexico 'Will Not Accept' New US Immigration Policies Even as Tillerson and Kelly traveled south (Kelly is stopping in Guatemala first), Mexico's leaders made it clear that they're not thrilled with the Trump administration's latest moves. He said in January that Mexico would reach out to other countries to seek alternative trade accords. The stance has strained relations between the two allies. [Full Article...]

Cambodian lawmakers approve law threatening opposition party

Cambodian lawmakers approve law threatening opposition party The bill is expected to clear the ruling party-controlled Senate Tuesday, before it heads to the Constitutional Council and then King Norodom Sihamoni for rubber stamping. Self-exiled CNRP President Sam Rainsy, who carries a defamation conviction seen as politically motivated, resigned from his position last week ostensibly to protect his party from the new rules. [Full Article...]

Emeli Sande takes parents to the BRIT Awards

It will compete against Skepta's Mercury Prize-winning album Konnichiwa , The 1975's I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It , Kano's Made In The Manor and Michael Kiwanuka's Love & Hate. Last year, protesters accused the Brits of a lack of diversity. All last year's British nominees were white, and protesters rallied under the hashtag #britssowhite. [Full Article...]

Marine Le Pen cancels meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti over headscarf demand

Bayrou, a 65-year-old former education minister, has though already ruled out backing Fillon and could rally behind Macron. But hopes that a similar pact between Benoît Hamon, the Socialist Party candidate, and Jean-Luc Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the Left Front's candidate, look increasingly slim, after Mélenchon said that joining up with the Socialists would be like "hanging himself to a hearse". [Full Article...]


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