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IS town fall, ‘victory’ for Kurds

Pentagon chief, Turkish PM meet BEIRUT, May 11, (Agencies): The capture of a key Syrian town and a nearby dam from Islamic State group militants by Syrian Kurdish-led forces undermines the IS’s ability to defend its de facto capital, Raqqa and disrupts its ability to plan attacks in Western countries, …

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Iraqis surround Mosul Old City

BAGHDAD, May 11, (Agencies): US-backed Iraqi forces were moving to surround Mosul’s Old City on Thursday, a week after launching a fresh push to drive Islamic State militants from areas they still hold, according to an Iraqi officer overseeing the operation. Iraqi special forces Lt Gen Sami al-Arathi said battle …

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Russia probe continues: McCabe – Stunned agents grapple with Comey firing

WASHINGTON, May 11, (Agencies): The FBI’s investigation into possible links between Donald Trump’s campaign and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues despite Trump’s firing of James Comey, the director’s replacement said Thursday. “There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date,” acting FBI director Andrew …

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Labour stung by leak – Conservatives ‘slip’

LONDON, May 11, (Agencies): Support for British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party has slipped two percentage points ahead of a June 8 general election but they still hold a big lead over the opposition Labour Party, according to a YouGov opinion poll for the Times. The Conservatives were at …

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Earthquake kills eight in western China: report

An earthquake rocked China’s western Xinjiang region on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring another 23 as more than 1,500 homes crumbled, state media reported. The shallow 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 5:58 am (2158 GMT Wednesday) 213 kms (133 miles) south-southwest of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, the …

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Far fewer refugees entering US – Sharp fall in illegal immigration from Mexico: officials

AUSTIN, Texas, May 10, (Agencies): Somali refugee Mohamoud Saed was elated when he learned that his wife and eight children had completed the lengthy refugee application process that would allow them to join him in the US, reuniting the family for the first time in seven years. But the Saeds …

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Comey ouster flouts ‘deference’ – Trump thrusts US presidency into perilous area

WASHINGTON, May 10, (Agencies): With his shocking dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, Donald Trump is propelling the presidency into rarely traversed territory. His surprise announcement Tuesday fl outs decades of presidential deference to the nation’s top law enforcement agency and its independence. It earns Trump the dubious distinction of …

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US reps, Lama take aim at China – ‘Don’t give up on Tibet’

DHARMSALA, India, May 10, (AP): As President Donald Trump appears to be warming to China, a bipartisan group from the US House of Representatives took aim Wednesday at one of Beijing’s sore spots: Tibet. Rep. Nancy Pelosi accused China of using economic leverage to crush Tibetan calls for autonomy. During …

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Kidnap threat in Philippines

Terrorists are planning to kidnap foreigners in tourist hotspots across the central and western Philippines, Western governments said Wednesday following a foiled abduction attempt by Islamic militants a month ago. President Rodrigo Duterte said security had been increased on the western island of Palawan, one of the Philippines’ most popular …

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Turks hit US plan to arm Syrian Kurds in IS fight

ISTANBUL, May 10, (Agencies): Turkey on Wednesday slammed as unacceptable a US plan to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Ankara considers terrorists, but the militia applauded a “historic” move that would speed up the defeat of Islamic State (IS) extremists. The issue risks further stoking tensions between Ankara and Washington …

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