Battle rages for control of Mosul dam

Fierce fighting is raging around the Mosul dam, Iraq’s largest, as Kurdish Peshmerga troops and Iraqi forces try to recapture it from Islamic State fighters who seized it just over a week ago. Speaking from the town of Badriya on Monday, Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr said: “The dam is right[…]

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Israel says no truce until security needs met

Israel will not agree to any long-term ceasefire in Gaza unless its security needs are clearly met, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. His comments came as Egyptian-brokered, indirect talks between Israel and Palestinian factions resumed in Cairo on Sunday. A five-day truce between the two sides is set to[…]

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Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the rebels, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said. For more than a year, President Bashar Assad’s air force rarely targeted territory controlled by the Islamic State[…]

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Ferguson protesters clash with police

Police in the US state of Missouri have fired tear gas and smoke canisters into a crowd of about 400 people protesting against the killing last week of an unarmed black teenager by police in the town of Ferguson. Barely hours before a second night of curfew that came into[…]

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Liberian Ebola isolation clinic attacked

Seventeen Ebola patients are missing after fleeing an attack on an isolation ward in Monrovia by armed youths claiming the epidemic does not exist, training the spotlight on the struggle to raise awareness in the fight against the deadly virus. “They broke down the door and looted the place. The[…]

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Israelis, Palestinians to resume Cairo talks

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are poised to resume indirect talks with Egyptian mediators on reaching a more permanent ceasefire before a current truce expires at midnight on Monday. The Egyptian government persuaded both sides late Wednesday to adhere to a new five-day ceasefire, extending an earlier three-day agreement in order to[…]

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UN moves against IS fighters

The US carried out more air strikes on Friday, the military said, after receiving reports that Islamic State “terrorists were attacking civilians” in the area. As aid groups tried to cope with the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by IS advances in northern Iraq, ingredients of a fight-back began falling[…]

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Imran Khan leads Pakistan protests

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan’s capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country’s government. Imran Khan, a famous cricketer who now leads the country’s third-biggest political bloc, and a fiery anti-government cleric called for the[…]

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Gazans return to ruined homes as truce holds

Many Palestinians living close to the Israeli border have returned to piles of rubble where their homes once stood, as a fragile five-day ceasefire extension between Hamas and Israel entered its second day. Calm held on Friday morning as the two sides in the Gaza conflict pondered Egyptian-mediated efforts to[…]

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