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China backs US-backed fight – Independence Day marked

MARAWI, Philippines, June 12, (Agencies): Filipinos marked the country’s Independence Day by raising the national flag Monday in a southern city where troops pressed assaults to quell a three-week siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants that has left 270 combatants and civilians dead. Many were teary-eyed during the flag-raising ceremonies …

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Quake shakes buildings in Greece, Turkey

A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the western coast of Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, rattling buildings from the Aegean Turkish province of Izmir to Greece’s capital of Athens. The epicentre of the quake was about 84 kms (52 miles) northwest of the Turkish coastal city …

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KUWAIT NOTES INEVITABILITY OF CRISIS RESOLUTION – Qatar willing to listen to Gulf concerns

DOHA SAYS GULF CITIZENS CAN STAY – BOYCOTT COALITION MAY EASE EXPULSIONS Qatar hires 9/11 Attorney General Ashcroft to audit end to terror funding KUWAIT CITY, June 11, (Agencies): Kuwait stressed on Sunday the “inevitability” of resolving the rift between several neighbouring Gulf Arab states through dialogue as it continues …

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Iraqis repel IS offensive south of Mosul, 38 killed – DAESH lost 24 fighters in attack

TIRKIT, Iraq, June 11, (Agencies): Iraqi forces repelled an offensive launched in the early hours of Saturday by Islamic State on the Sunni town of Shirqat, south of Mosul, during which 38 military and civilians were killed and about 40 more wounded, security sources said. Islamic State lost 24 fighters …

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Families in the region split as Gulf crisis becomes humanitarian issue

GCC citizens impacted by diplomatic crisis DOHA, June 11, (AFP): Rashed al-Jalahma, 22, has lived almost his whole life in Qatar, but he now faces the decision of whether to stay or return “home” to Bahrain. The aeronautical engineer student is one of thousands of “Khaleejis” — Gulf citizens — …

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Painful window on war – Duterte says didn’t seek US support

MARAWI, Philippines, June 11, (Agencies): From the third-story window of a barren government office building he now squats in as a refugee, Nasir Abdul is watching his city being destroyed. Nearly every day for the past three weeks, the Philippine military has pounded the lakeside town of Marawi with rockets …

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Attack ‘brain’ killed: Tehran

LONDON, June 11, (RTRS): Iran has arrested almost 50 people in connection with twin attacks on Tehran that killed 17 people last week, officials said, as security forces stepped up efforts to crack down on suspected militants. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament …

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TILLERSON LAMENTS HUMANITARIAN COST OF BLOCKADE – US, EU back Kuwait Gulf mediation

Crisis hinders US military actions WASHINGTON, June 10, (Agencies): The US supports mediation efforts of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) dispute with Qatar, as well as progress toward eliminating all forms of support for terrorism — military, …

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More arrests in Iran over Tehran attacks

DUBAI, June 10, (RTRS): Iranian authorities have arrested seven people it suspects of helping militants involved in this week’s attacks in the capital Tehran, a judiciary official said on Saturday. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s …

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London Attacks – Stash of ‘Molotov cocktails’ prepared; Cleric ‘influence’ probed

The assailants behind a terror attack in London last week had also prepared a stash of Molotov cocktails and initially tried to hire a truck rather than a van to mow down pedestrians, British police said on Saturday. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said forensic officers examining the white …

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