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Saddam’s tomb suffers damage in fighting

The tomb of Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein was virtually leveled in heavy clashes between members of the Islamic State group and Iraqi security forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit. Fighting intensified to the north and south of Saddam Hussein’s hometown Sunday as Iraqi security[…]

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Suicide bombers target Pakistani Christians

A pair of suicide bombers detonated themselves near two churches in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers were gathered inside – killing 15 people, officials said, in the latest attack against religious minorities in the increasingly fractured country. In the tense aftermath of the blasts, an[…]

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China now world’s third biggest arms exporter

China has overtaken Germany to become the world’s third-biggest arms exporter, although its 5 percent of the market remains small compared to the combined 58 percent of exports from the U.S. and Russia, a new study says. China’s share of the global arms market rose 143 percent during the years from[…]

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Thousands march against Brazil’s president

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians marched peacefully Sunday in more than 150 cities around the country to demand President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and to criticize government corruption amid a sprawling graft inquiry at state-run oil firm Petrobras. The biggest of the protests, held on the 30th anniversary of Brazil’s return[…]

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Turkey detains Indonesians trying to enter Syria

Turkey’s foreign minister says authorities have detained 16 Indonesians who were trying to cross the border into Syria to join the Islamic State group. Mevlut Cavusoglu also said Friday that police were looking for another group of 16 Indonesians reported missing in Turkey. Cavusoglu was speaking a day after he[…]

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Netanyahu’s Likud trails in polls before election

The last polls just days before Israel’s election show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party trailing behind the center-left opposition. Poll results in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper on Friday gave the Zionist Union, comprised of labor and a center-left party, 26 seats over 22 for Netanyahu’s hawkish Likud party. It[…]

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IS accepts Boko Haram pledge

The Islamic State (IS) have accepted a pledge of allegiance by the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, a spokesman for the Islamic State movement said Thursday. The development comes as both movements, which are among the most ruthless in the world, are under increasing military pressure. Islamic State seized much[…]

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Somali drone strike kills Al Shabab member

A Kenyan official says a drone strike in Somalia is believed to have killed a senior member of the al-Shabab group who allegedly helped plan the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi. The official said Thursday that Adan Garar and two others are suspected to have been killed after their[…]

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