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Iraqi forces retake control of Mosul Dam

Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country’s largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex. Soon after the news broke, the Islamic State group, which two weeks ago captured the Mosul ...

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No progress on Ukraine truce or peace talks: Russian FM

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday (Aug 18) that no progress was reached on establishing a ceasefire or starting peace negotiations over Ukraine during crisis talks in Berlin with his counterpart from Kiev. “One place where we cannot report positive results is in, first and foremost, establishing a ceasefire and (starting) a political process,” Lavrov told a Berlin ...

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Ukraine says rebels shoot down fighter jet

A Ukrainian fighter jet has been shot down while flying over rebel-held territory in the restive east, as Kiev accused Moscow of supplying rebels with a convoy of rocket launchers. Ukraine’s military blamed pro-Russian separatists of shooting down the MiG-29 jet on Sunday morning, close to the Russian border. Military spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky told Al Jazeera the aircraft was downed ...

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Pak Hindu leaders demand renovation of temples

Karachi: Pakistani Hindu community has asked the government to repair their places of worship in Punjab province, a media report said on Sunday. The community leaders demanded their worship places, lying in a dilapidated condition, be widened and renovated so that they could perform their religious rituals comfortably, the Dawn reported. They also demanded their children be provided facilities for ...

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Protesters defy curfew in riot-shaken US town

Police used smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse demonstrators who defied a curfew in Ferguson, Missouri early today, where a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen triggered a wave of rioting. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and a curfew starting at midnight yesterday (0500 GMT Sunday) until 5:00 am for the St Louis ...

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85 killed, 139 missing in Nepal landslide, floods

KATHMANDU: At least 85 persons have been killed and 139 gone missing in the last three days in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in various districts across Nepal. As many as 73 people have lost their lives in the mid-western region, while 131 are still missing. The number of missing might go up, officials said. Floods have completely ...

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Pak court orders filing of murder charges

A Pakistan court on Saturday ordered framing of murder charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz and 19 others over the June violence near Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri’s headquarters in Lahore that killed 14 of his supporters. The Lahore Sessions Court hearing the case related to the Model Town clashes ordered police to register ...

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US military conducts airstrikes near Mosul Dam, Irbil

Washington: The US military has conducted air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Irbil and Iraq’s largest dam in an effort to help Kurdish forces retake it from violent extremists. American fighter and remotely piloted aircraft successfully conducted airstrikes near Irbil and the Mosul Dam, the Pentagon said yesterday. These strikes were carried out ...

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US warns ‘provocative’ Russia as Ukraine tensions rise

Kiev: Washington has urged Moscow to stop its “extremely dangerous and provocative” activities after Ukraine said it had destroyed part of a Russian military convoy that entered its territory. US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden warned yesterday that “the escalation in Russian activity designed to destabilise Ukraine in recent weeks is extremely dangerous and provocative”. NATO accused Russia of ...

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Iraq Yazidis fear for thousands kidnapped by jihadists

BAJID KANDALA CAMP — In a dusty, ill-equipped camp in northern Iraq, Yazidis fleeing a jihadist offensive say members of their families — men, women and even babies — have been abducted by militants. The mass kidnappings by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group targeted those who either refused or simply could not flee a string of villages around Mount ...

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