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Hollande offers increased military assistance to Iraq

French President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Baghdad on Friday that France is ready to step up military assistance for Iraq, as global efforts to defeat fighters intensified. It was the highest-profile visit to Iraq since militants led by the ISIS overran large parts of the country in June and sparked concern over an expanding threat. Hollande touched ...

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US stocks drop on Russia sanctions

There is “trepidation” that the Fed “will raise interest rates sooner rather than later”, said William Lynch, director of investment at Hinsdale Associates. Photo: AP US stocks have dropped as the West slapped new sanctions on Russia and traders saw a higher chance the Federal Reserve next week will accelerate its timeline to raise interest rates. The Dow Jones Industrial ...

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Pistorius Verdict Gets Mixed Reaction

Anita Powell PRETORIA — South African track star Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide, but cleared of more serious murder charges in connection with the killing of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his home last year. The Olympic sprinter known as “the blade runner” for his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs, showed little emotion as Judge Thokozile Masipa ...

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Scientists ‘Reveal’ Planet’s First Semiaquatic Dinosaur

Faith Lapidus Scientists have given us a look at what they believe was the planet’s first semi-aquatic dinosaur – or at least their idea of what the creature called Spinosaurus looked like. The dinosaur spent part…

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Militants who attacked Malala arrested

Malala is carried into hospital on a stretcher following the attack in October 2012. Photo: AFP The Pakistani army says it has arrested the gunmen who tried to kill schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai in the country’s restive north-west in…

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Hamas official sees nothing wrong in negotiating with Israel

In an apparent shift of views within Hamas, one of its senior officials said this week that the militant group sees nothing wrong with negotiating with Israel. Hamas does not recognize Israel and has opposed direct talks. Israel in turn considers Hamas a terrorist organization and will not hold direct negotiations until the group renounces violence and recognizes Israel’s right ...

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Australia raises terror threat level to high

The Australian government on Friday elevated it terrorism threat level to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement…

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Terrorists free Fijian 45 peacekeepers

THE UN has confirmed 45 Fijian peacekeepers being held captive in Syria have been released. The Fijians were serving in the UN Disengagement Observer Force, which is monitoring a 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. “All the 45 peacekeepers are in good condition,” a UN spokesman said, adding they would…

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Late Plant Manager Says He Wishes to ‘Beat up’ Those Who Claim Fukushima Staff Hesitated

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – Masao Yoshida, the manager of TEPCO’s Fukushima nuclear power plant who died from cancer last July, reacted with anger on hearing accusations of hesitation during the Fukushima crisis, the transcript of the investigative committee hearing obtained on Thursday by Yomiuri…

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Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been admitted to a hospital and is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said Wednesday. Dr. Rueben Devlin from Humber Regional Hospital said Ford had been complaining of abdominal pains and that an examination has resulted in a working diagnosis of a…

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