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  • ISIS ambushes Iraqi Shi'ite-led force, killing 27 fighters

    19 February 2018 5:04 PM 36

    Baghdad – Islamic State militants have ambushed a group of Iraq's Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27. The Popular Mobilisation Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shi'ite militias, said on Monday that the attack took place the previous night in the al-Saadounya area, southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, when the paramilitaries

  • IS claims Russia church shooting

    19 February 2018 5:45 AM 32

    Moscow - Five women were shot dead in an apparent radical Islamist attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan on Sunday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the assault. An unidentified gunman fired at worshippers at the church in the town of Kizlyar in the mainly Muslim region, local press reports said. The regional

  • Florida suspect's red flags weren't enough to stop gun buy

    19 February 2018 3:29 AM 33

    Sacramento — All the danger signs around the suspect in the Florida school shooting were not enough for relatives, authorities or his school to request a judicial order that might have barred him from possessing guns. Just five states have laws that allow family members, guardians or police to ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning

  • Utopia or nightmare? The answer lies in how we embrace self-driving, electric and shared vehicles

    18 February 2018 11:00 AM 42

    London - Emerging transport disruptions could lead to a series of nightmare scenarios and poorer transport systems unless we have sensible and informed public policy to avoid this. Of course, some foresee a utopian scene: self-driving electric vehicles zipping around our cities serving all our transport needs without road accidents or exhaust fumes

  • Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

    17 February 2018 3:23 PM 62

    Beirut - Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, Syrian Kurdish news outlets and Syria's state-run news agency reported on Saturday. The news outlets quoted local doctors in Afrin as saying the hospital treated six cases

  • Strong quake rekindles memories of past disasters in Mexico

    17 February 2018 9:47 AM 37

    Mexico City - A powerful earthquake that rattled south and central Mexico caused little apparent destruction but rekindled fears in a population that still sees daily reminders of deadly earthquakes five months ago. Maricarmen Trujillo was in the same place Friday on the eighth floor of a Mexico City office building where she rode out a September 19 earthquake

  • Iraqi teen arrested in Germany after contacting ISIS leaders

    17 February 2018 8:50 AM 28

    Berlin – A 17-year-old Iraqi has been arrested in Germany after allegedly contacting senior members of the Islamic State group. Prosecutors in Frankfurt say the teen was detained on Tuesday in the central German town of Eschwege. German daily Bild reported on Friday that the Iraqi, who came to Germany in 2015 as a refugee, was suspected of preparing

  • French law allows detaining asylum-seekers, house arrest

    17 February 2018 5:20 AM 33

    Paris – Facing a court-imposed deadline, French lawmakers have approved a measure that allows detention for asylum-seekers and their families, and limitless house arrest for foreign convicts who cannot be expelled. In a contentious late-night vote on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron's majority party pushed the measure through, despite reservations

  • Ex-student confesses to killing 17 in Florida school shooting

    16 February 2018 7:20 AM 39

    Parkland – A troubled teen has confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida, court documents showed on Thursday, as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman yet failed to stop him. As Americans reeled from the country's worst school massacre since the horror at Sandy Hook six years ago, President

  • Nepal prime minister resigns, paving way for new government

    15 February 2018 1:34 PM 36

    Kathmandu – Nepal's prime minister has resigned after his party lost parliamentary elections, paving the way for a new government to take power. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba made the announcement on Thursday, a day after the results of the November and December 2017 elections were finalised. An alliance of two major communist parties is expected