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IS fighters left in Mosul will die, says US envoy McGurk

Any so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters left in Mosul will die in the Iraqi city, a US envoy co-ordinating the offensive has said. Brett McGurk, the senior US official in the counter-IS coalition, issued the warning after Iraqi forces cut off the last road out of the city, trapping IS fighters inside. The jihadists have held Mosul, Iraq’s second city, ...

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White House weighs military action to counter N Korea

In a dramatic shift from traditional policy, an internal White House review on North Korean strategy revealed that the option to use military force or a regime change to curb the threat of North Korean nuclear weapons was on the table, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. This review comes at the heels of a report claiming President Donald ...

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Blasts, gunfire rock Afghan capital

Explosions and gunfire echoed through Kabul in two separate Taliban assaults on security buildings Wednesday, officials said, as the insurgents ramp up attacks before the start of their annual spring offensive. A suicide car bomber struck an Afghan police precinct in western Kabul and a gun battle ensued, the interior ministry said, in what appeared to be a complex insurgent attack. Minutes later a suicide ...

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Trump lays out hike in military spending

US President Donald Trump is seeking to boost defence spending by 10% in his proposed budget plan for 2018. The blueprint will increase defence spending by $54bn (£43bn) but seeks to recoup that sum through deep cuts elsewhere, including to foreign aid. Mr Trump’s plan leaves large welfare programmes untouched, despite Republican calls for reform. The president has consulted government ...

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8 dead, 30 injured after bus plunges into river in India

At least eight people were killed and 30 injured after a bus travelling from Bhubaneswar to Hyderabad fell into a river near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh early Tuesday. The accident took place at National Highway 65 in Krishna district. The injured have been taken to the Nandigama Government Hospital. At least 10 are reportedly critical.The bus which was to cover ...

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US defense secretary arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit, reportedly for discussions on defeating the Islamic State terrorist group. He said earlier on Monday that the US military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil.” “I think all of us here in this room, all of us in America, have generally paid for our gas ...

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Death toll in Somalia marketplace blast rises to 34

The death toll from a car bomb at a marketplace in Somalia’s capital has risen to 34 with 52 injured, said a police officer. Somalia’s new president visited victims wounded by the Mogadishu car bomb that on Sunday killed 34. President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who planned the blast. ...

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Iraq starts offensive to retake western Mosul from ISIS

Iraqi forces advance toward western Mosul on Sunday. Iraq’s government announced the beginning of an offensive on Sunday to take back the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State, nearly three years after the city was overrun by the terror group. Overnight, planes crisscrossed the sky over the city’s occupied half, carpeting the ground with leaflets, which made a ...

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Myanmar army halt “clearance operations” in north Rakhine

Myanmar’s army has halted “clearance operations” in northern Rakhine, a senior official said Wednesday, ending a four-month crackdown by security forces the UN has warned may amount to crimes against humanity. Hundreds from the Muslim minority are thought to have died and almost 70,000 have fled to Bangladesh since the military launched a campaign to find militants who attacked police ...

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