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ISIL seizes main government compound in Ramadi

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Officials say group has taken major complex, giving nearly full control over Anbar’s provincial capital. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has taken over…

NATO to Keep Some Troops in Afghanistan After 2016

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ANTALYA, Turkey – NATO will keep some troops in Afghanistan even after its current training mission ends around the end of next year, the alliance said on Wednesday,…

Pakistan gunmen kill 43 on Karachi Ismaili Shia bus

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At least 43 people have been killed and 20 injured in a gun attack on a bus carrying Ismaili Shia Muslims in the Pakistani city of Karachi, police…

Reports: North Korea publicly executes defense chief

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Seoul, South Korea: North Korea has publicly executed the country’s defense minister after the regime accused him of treason, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. Hyon Yong…

Powerful second quake rocks Nepal

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Dozens dead as magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes near Everest base camp, two weeks after a quake killed more than 8,000. A deadly magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck Nepal…

Yemen humanitarian pause comes into effect

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Unclear if two sides honouring ceasefire, which began shortly after arms-depot blasts near Sanaa killed at least 69. A five-day humanitarian ceasefire has begun in Yemen, just hours…

Election 2015: Millions begin casting their votes

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Millions of people have begun casting their votes in the United Kingdom general election. Polls opened at 07:00 BST at around 50,000 polling stations across the UK, which…

Japan’s renewable revolution at risk

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Could Japan survive without nuclear power? The short answer to that question is yes. Japan has been surviving surprisingly well without nuclear power for the last four years….

MH17 crash: Russian challenge to rebel Buk missile theory

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“It was a Buk-M1,” announced Novaya Gazeta, considered one of the few independent media publications left in Russia. The newspaper behind the sensational headline says it obtained a…

Interview: Why I played the cello at a Baghdad bombsite

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When a bomb exploded in a neighbourhood he knew well, Karim Wasfi went there and performed. He tells us why. Bombs are, sadly, not unusual in Baghdad. But…