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  • Iraqi official says wounded ISIS chief alive in Syria

    12 February 2018 5:09 PM 29

    Baghdad - An Iraqi interior ministry official said the Islamic State group's head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and being treated at a field hospital in Syria after being wounded in an air strike. "We have irrefutable information and documents from sources within the terrorist organisation that al-Baghdadi is still alive and hiding" in Syria's northeastern

  • Man fatally stabs girlfriend, stabs parents

    12 February 2018 4:01 PM 28

    Massachusetts — Authorities in Massachusetts say a 24-year-old man fatally stabbed his girlfriend and then stabbed his parents during a family gathering at a restaurant. Police were called to the restaurant around 19:00 on Saturday in Millis, where they say 24-year-old Benjamin Walsh stabbed his parents before he was restrained. Walsh's mother was admitted

  • US pushes for home countries to take back detainees in Syria

    12 February 2018 1:08 PM 30

    Rome - The US wants to see foreign fighters being held by Syrian Democratic Forces turned over to their home countries. US officials worry that facilities in Syria will eventually be filled to capacity if the detainees aren't returned to their home countries for disposition. Among the thousands of Islamic State fighters held by the US-backed SDF are hundreds

  • Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

    12 February 2018 7:21 AM 31

    San Juan — An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late on Sunday in a setback for the US territory's efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in US history. The island's Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without

  • Trump questions Israel's interest in making peace with Palestine

    12 February 2018 3:17 AM 28

    Jerusalem — President Donald Trump says he is not sure that Israel is interested in making peace with the Palestinians. In an interview published on Sunday in the Israel Hayom daily, Trump is quoted as saying the Palestinians "are not looking to make peace". But he also questions Israel's interest in striking a deal, saying "I am not necessarily sure that Israel

  • Israeli PM: Airstrikes dealt 'severe blows' to Iran, Syria

    11 February 2018 8:58 PM 36

    Jerusalem — Israel's prime minister said Sunday his country delivered "severe blows" to Iranian and Syrian forces and vowed to take further action against its adversaries following the most serious Israeli engagement in Syria since the war there erupted almost seven years ago. Benjamin Netanyahu's tough words to his Cabinet came a day after Israel carried

  • Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party to OK new co-leaders

    11 February 2018 8:25 PM 32

    Istanbul — Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party kicked off a congress Sunday to elect new co-presidents, replacing its jailed leader. The Peoples' Democratic Party or HDP — the second largest opposition in the Turkish parliament — is voting in Ankara amid heavy security as lawmaker Selahattin Demirtas steps down. Demirtas has been behind bars pending

  • Gas explosion at Bolivia Carnival leaves 6 dead, 28 injured

    11 February 2018 3:33 PM 34

    La Paz - Police in Bolivia say six people were killed and dozens injured when a street vendor's gas canister exploded near the route of the Carnival in the city of Orura. Deputy Commander Freddy Betancurt says the blast took place on a street parallel to where participants were making the folkloric entrance to Orura's Carnival, one of the most important

  • Tanzania clamps down on cannabis

    11 February 2018 12:21 PM 28

    Nairobi - Tanzanian authorities have stepped up an escalating war on cannabis by destroying 14 hectares (35 acres) of the crop in the northern province of Arusha in recent days. Saturday alone saw eight hectares laid waste at the Meru forest reserve following another six acres earlier in the week in operation overseen by Interior Minister Mwigulu Nchemba

  • Indiana county records 4 deaths in 48 hours from moving snow

    11 February 2018 8:04 AM 30

    Indianapolis - A county near Chicago has recorded four deaths related to moving snow in the 48 hours following a major winter storm. Lake County, Indiana, Coroner Merrilee Frey, said on Saturday that the deaths were related to shoveling or snowblowing. She issued an urgent message asking residents to be careful while moving snow. The Chicago Tribune