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Civilians complicate final push for Mosul

SOUTHWEST OF MOSUL, Iraq, May 8, (RTRS): The Islamic State fighters herded a group of civilians into a house in the city of Mosul and locked them inside as Iraqi forces advanced. Moments later, the militants entered through a window, lay low for a few minutes, then fired their weapons. …

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More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse fl ooding

With heavy rains persisting and waters still rising over much of waterlogged eastern Canada, the nation’s military on Sunday tripled the number of troops urgently working to evacuate thousands of residents. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre declared a state of emergency for his city, allowing authorities to order mandatory evacuations from …

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France, Germany look to future – Macron win boosts hopes of turn in populist tide

BERLIN, May 8, (AFP): Germany heaved a sigh of relief after liberal candidate Emmanuel Macron won France’s presidential election comfortably on Sunday, but the two staunch allies face tough challenges over Europe’s future. Chancellor Angela Merkel had emphatically thrown her support behind Macron against his far-right, anti-EU challenger Marine Le …

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US, Philippines start joint exercises – ‘War games’ scaled down

MANILA, May 8, (AFP): The Philippines and the United States launched annual military exercises on Monday but the longtime allies scaled them down in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s pivot to China and Russia. Duterte in his 10 months in office has sought to weaken ties with the United States …

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Macron ‘president’ – Le Pen concedes

PARIS, May 7, (AFP): Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron resoundingly won France’s landmark presidential election on Sunday, first estimates showed, defeating farright leader Marine Le Pen in a pivotal vote for the future of the divided country and Europe. At 39, the former investment banker will be the country’s youngest-ever leader …

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82 Chibok girls freed – Detained extremists swap

ABUJA, Nigeria, May 7, (AP): Nigeria’s president said he will meet with 82 Chibok schoolgirls freed this weekend after being kidnapped three years ago by Boko Haram extremists, while the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) released an image of the girls boarding a helicopter to safety. President Muhammadu …

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Group explains dark side of Israel’s rule

German president seeks to end row with Israel TEL AVIV, Israel, May 7, (Agencies): Former Israeli combat soldiers who were thrust into the center of a recent diplomatic row between Israel and Germany, say the sudden international spotlight has given them a bigger stage to speak out against Israel’s 50-year …

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6,000 migrants rescued in two days

Refugee orchestra blends diverse musical influences ROME, May 7, (AFP): Some 6,000 migrants hoping to head to Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean on Friday and Saturday in dozens of frantic operations coordinated by the Italian coastguard. Some 3,000 were picked up Saturday by the navy, coastguard, EU border agency …

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Massive US-Saudi arms sale in works

Billions in spend ahead of Trump visit WASHINGTON, May 6, (RTRS): Washington is working to push through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others in the pipeline, ahead of US President Donald Trump’s trip to the kingdom this month, people familiar …

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Twin Manila blasts kill 2 – ‘No signs of terror’

MANILA, May 6, (AFP): Two explosions in the Philippine capital on Saturday night killed two people and injured six others, police said, just over a week after another blast in the same area. An initial blast occurred around 6:00 pm (1000 GMT) on Saturday near a mosque in Quiapo, one …

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