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Iraqi forces in huge anti-rebel push in Baiji

BAIJI, Iraq, Oct 16, (Agencies): Iraqi forces defused booby traps and hunted down holdout jihadists in the strategic Baiji area Friday as part of their biggest advance against the Islamic State group in months. Baiji lies at a crossroads between several frontlines, and control of the area is seen as …

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4 Iraqis in Switzerland charged for alleged ‘terror’ plot

GENEVA, Oct 16, (AP): Switzerland’s top prosecutor has filed charges accusing four Iraqis linked to the radical Islamic State group of plotting terror attacks in Europe. Attorney General Michael Lauber’s office said Friday that three suspects, who were not identified, helped smuggle other IS followers to Europe, spread propaganda and …

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Fire set to Jewish shrine in West Bank – Palestinian in press vest shot dead after ‘stabbing’ a so

HEBRON, West Bank, Oct 16, (AP): A Palestinian man wearing a yellow “press” vest stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday before being shot dead by troops, the latest in a monthlong spate of attacks. In Nablus, another West Bank city, Palestinians …

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At least 36 killed in Nigeria attacks – Some 1,350 people killed since Buhari came to power

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Oct 16, (Agencies): At least 36 people have been killed in multiple suicide attacks in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state at a mosque and a residential building, police and medical sources said on Friday. Three female bombers blew themselves up and killed four others in nearby Umarari early Friday, …

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UAE claims right to enrich uranium

WASHINGTON, Oct 16, (Agencies): Amid fears of an atomic arms race in the Middle East, a senior United Arab Emirates official has told a top US lawmaker that it too might seek the right to enrich uranium that Iran has asserted under the recently signed nuclear deal. The landmark Iran …

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Syrian army, Russian jets target towns north of Homs

BEIRUT/AMMAN, Oct 15, (Agencies): Syrian troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, attacked rebel-held towns north of the city of Homs on Thursday, targeting a long-held and strategic enclave of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. The offensive that began before dawn builds on over a week of ground attacks …

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Israelis ‘arm’ themselves after deadly knife attacks – Israel accuses Abbas of incitement

JERUSALEM, Oct 15, (Agencies): Israeli security forces deployed massively in Jerusalem Thursday as Jews armed themselves with everything from guns to broomsticks, rattled by a wave of Palestinian attacks that have shaken the country. Some 300 soldiers were reinforcing police, stretched thin by a two-week upsurge in violence that has …

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Obama to keep military in Afghanistan beyond 2016 – Nigeria welcomes US troops for Cameroon over Boko Haram

WASHINGTON, Oct 15, (Agencies): President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 US troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, according to senior administration officials, casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands the conflict off to his successor. Obama had originally …

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Hajj toll 1,621

DUBAI, UAE, Oct 14, (AP): The toll in the deadliest tragedy to ever strike the annual Hajj pilgrimage rose Wednesday to at least 1,621 people killed, a new tally showed, as hundreds still reportedly remain missing. The Associated Press count is more than double Saudi Arabia’s official tally of 769 …

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Iran deploys troops to Syria – Deployment under cover of Russian air campaign

BEIRUT, Oct 14, (Agencies): Iran has sent hundreds of troops into northern and central Syria in the first such open deployment in the country’s civil war, joining fighters from its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in an offensive against rebels and taking advantage of cover from Russia’s air campaign, a regional official …

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