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Battle for Mosul: 1000 ISIS Terrorists Killed

The government launched a massive campaign on October 17 to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city and the extremist group's last major urban center in the country. However, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said about the fight against ISIS in the daily press briefing on Monday: "We are, as we've said many times, making significant progress against this terrorist group, but we also acknowledge that this is going to be a long-term fight". Read More »

IS Launches Overnight Attack Against Iraqi Troops in Mosul

An offensive to capture the populous city from Islamic State (IS) has almost lasted a period of two months, however a spokesman said Mosul's fall was now "inevitable". The Mosul assault, involving a 100,000-strong ground force of Iraqi Government troops, members of the autonomous Kurdish security forces and mainly Shi'ite militiamen, is the biggest battle in Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003. Read More »

JPMorgan hit with biggest fine over Euribor fixing

The European Commission fined three banks - JPMorgan Chase & Co., HSBC Holdings Plc and Credit Agricole SA - $520 million for colluding to manipulate a benchmark euro interest rate. By refusing to settle with the Commission, they missed the chance of a 10 percent discount on any fines. Credit Agricole said it "firmly believes that it did not infringe competition law". Read More »

Italy passes 2017 budget, paving way for PM Renzi's resignation

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Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. Many Italian governments have collapsed far before the end of Parliament's five-year term. He said Democrats "have no fear of anything or anybody if the others want" elections soon. Read More »

Airstrike kills at least 20 in Syria

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An earlier airstrike on the nearby rebel-held village of Kafranbel killed at least 21 people. But with Assad hampered by manpower shortages, the civil war that began after he crushed peaceful protests in 2011 will go on, compelling the continued involvement of Russian Federation and the Syrian leader's other allies. Read More »

Plane Crashes In Northern Pakistan; 48 People Are Believed Dead

Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official based in the Havelian region, said, 'All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. A local trader at the site of the crash said the fire was still burning almost two hours after the crash. Kurshid Tanoli, a police official in Havelian, said recovery work was hampered by a fire at the crash site and the hilly terrain. Jamshed, a singer in one of Pakistan's first successful rock bands in the 1990s, abandoned his singing career to join the Tableeghi ... Read More »

British MPs to vote on May's Brexit timetable

The vote was pushed by the opposition Labour Party, which tried to force May to publish more details of her strategy before invoking Article 50 . After each opponent's handle, it added the phrase "won't respect referendum result - Labour are out of touch with ordinary working people #BrexitDebate". Read More »

China urges US to block transit by Taiwan president

Chris Murphy, a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said using Taiwan as a way to pressure China to cooperate on North Korea's nuclear program or on trade could be counterproductive. "It's unclear exactly what the strategic effort is", Earnest said. "Succeeding a mostly upward U.S". White House spokesman Josh Earnest reiterated "our country's continued commitment to a one-China policy", which has been in place for the past 40 years. Read More »

Rescuers comb Indonesia earthquake rubble for second day

Indonesia was the hardest hit, with more than 120,000 people killed in Aceh. A strong undersea quake has rocked Indonesia's Aceh province, killing almost 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings. Read More »

Trump and Gore meet on climate after talks opened with Ivanka

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Former US Vice President Al Gore has had a reportedly "productive" meeting with President-elect Donald Trump . He said he will "do everything I can to work with him and his administration to ensure that our nation remains a leader in the global effort to meet this challenge". Read More »

Slovenian students above OECD average in PISA study

In mathematics and reading , Canada was also one of the top performers: only one country-Singapore-surpassed Canada in reading , and only six countries and economies performed better in mathematics. The study found the gap between students from poor backgrounds and more well-off students remains larger than the OECD average , but the Ministry said the gap is closing. Read More »

Farooq offers loyalty to Hurriyat for 'Azadi'

We have fought regularly for the interests of this Valley", he said his partymen. "He (Farooq Abdullah) should unambiguously declare his way of "resistance" regarding the future of the State". In sum, it can be said that Farooq Abdullah has done a great service to India by revealing what he and his fast declining outfit vouch for. We stand with you at this hour. Read More »

French Interior Minister appointed prime minister

Hollande has picked Cazeneuve to succeed Valls as the Prime Minister until May and charged him to form a new government, the Elysee Palace said in a statement, Xinhua news agency reported. Hollande himself is more unpopular than any French president in over half a century. "I've had enough of the talk that divides us and stigmatises our Muslim compatriots and refugees fleeing war", he said. Read More »

As Syrian rebels squeezed in Aleppo, Turkish backers' eyes are elsewhere

Regarding the objective of the talks, Cavusoglu said the aim was to "strengthen cooperation between Turkey and Russian Federation in the region, not only for the benefit of the two countries, but all countries in the region". Qatar's foreign minister told Reuters this week Doha would continue to arm them even if Trump ends us backing, but would not on its own supply the shoulder-fired missiles they want to defend against Syrian and Russian warplanes. Read More »

French PM Valls Says Will Run in Presidential Election

Today, Valls suggested that bigger battles lie ahead. It means Valls' brief for the next few months may prove to be more of a salvage job than a realistic bid for the presidency. Unlike Hollande and many other members of the French political elite, the lifelong Barcelona football fan did not attend the prestigious ENA school of administration, studying history instead. Read More »

United Nations says Mosul's poor struggling to get food

The most recent allegations include a November 22 killing of "a seven-year-old child who was running toward the Iraqi Security Forces in Adan neighborhood in eastern Mosul ", rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva. Read More »

Army row: West Bengal Governor, Mamata Banerjee in tussle

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Following the army deployment at Bengal's toll plazas for carrying out an assessment exercise, Mamata alleged that state government and police were not informed before-hand. "The Governor is speaking in the voice of Central Government! It is highly deplorable". She said she had great respect for the Army, but was "sad" in the manner in which they were being used for "political vendetta". Read More »

Texas Republican Elector Says He Won't Cast Ballot for Trump

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And Suprun is beyond uncomfortable about the Trump business entanglements that should make us all beyond uncomfortable. One Texas elector resigned his position because he couldn't bring himself to vote for Trump, and now another--Christopher Suprun--has an op-ed in The New York Times today saying, "Now I am asked to cast a vote on December 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office". Read More »

Trump issues tax threat to companies moving operations overseas

Trump's comments follow his direct intervention in an in factory owned by Carrier, which makes heating and air conditioning units, where production was scheduled to shift to Mexico. And, in the big picture, the market is complicated. His latest statement came days after announcing a controversial deal with Carrier to keep roughly 1,100 manufacturing jobs in the United States. Read More »

LA Metro: FBI investigate threats to blow up system

A caller specifically threatened to blow up the station Tuesday, but officials are so confident the Universal City Station's Red Line is safe that Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to board the Red Line at the Universal City Station in the morning. Read More »

Utah Parents Disarmed Teen Son After Shot Fired at Junior High School

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The boy did not say a word as a teacher and one of 26 pupils tried to talk him out of firing again, giving his parents vital extra seconds to arrive at the classroom and take him into the hallway, Mr Ross said. They came to school looking for him after noticing two guns were missing from their safe. Candy Beckstead was at a dentist's office when her sister called to tell her that there was something going on at her son's school. Read More »

Austrian far-right candidate defeated in presidential election

Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer had been hoping to ride the wave of populism and anti-establishment sentiment sweeping the west to victory in Austria's presidential election. (Vatican Radio) Austria could get Europe's first far far-right head of state since World War Two following Sunday's presidential election. However, Hofer's Freedom Party had successfully appealed the result, as procedural voting irregularities were uncovered in many towns. Read More »

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh concedes electoral defeat

He commended Mr Jammeh for conceding defeat "thereby laying to rest any lingering suspicion and anxiety about the fate of Gambia in the aftermath of the elections". Hopes weren't high for a peaceful transfer of power, with a crackdown on opposition leaders months before the polls, the banning of worldwide observers or post-election demonstrations, and then the switching off of the internet on election day. Read More »