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Civilians lack food, water, medicine as Mosul battle mounts — UN

Tens of thousands of civilians in parts of Mosul held by Islamic State are struggling to get food, water and medicine, the United Nations said, days into a new push by US-backed Iraqi government troops to take the northern city. Up to 200,000 people still live behind Islamic State lines in Mosul’s Old City and three other districts, UN Humanitarian ...

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Civilian deaths a ‘fact of life’ in war on Daesh, Pentagon head says

Civilian casualties are inevitable in the war against the Daesh group but the United states is doing “everything humanly possible” to avoid them, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an interview aired Sunday. A US-led international coalition has been carrying out air strikes against the Daesh group in Iraq and Syria since 2014, and nongovernmental organizations say the attacks ...

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Angela Merkel: EU cannot completely rely on US and Britain any more

Europe can no longer completely rely on its longstanding British and US allies, Angela Merkel has warned – saying the EU must now be prepared to “take its fate into its own hands”. Speaking after bruising meetings of Nato and the G7 group of wealthy nations last week, the German chancellor suggested the postwar western alliance had been badly undermined by the ...

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Under siege in Washington, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal, stronger ties

Under political fire at home, US President Donald Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday on his maiden foreign trip as he struggled to shift attention from the aftermath of his firing of the director of the FBI. The arms deal, plus other investments that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said could total up ...

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Trump visits Israel amid tight security

 US president Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, as he continues his Middle East trip. He flies in from Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, where he gave a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders at a summit. Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of his two-day stop. The president ...

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North Korea calls latest solid-fuel missile test successful

North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Monday the missile was a Pukguksong-2, a medium-to-long range ballistic missile also launched in February. South Korea and the US had earlier ...

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King Salman: Iran spearheading global terror

King Salman in his speech at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit said Trump’s effective participation in the summit reflects his keenness on enhancing cooperation and coordinate stances in various fields. “The meeting significantly shows that our 55 Arab and Islamic countries attending the summit today, with a population exceeding 1.5 billion, are an important partner in fighting the forces of extremism and ...

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Fight global extremism

US president Donald Trump on Sunday urged Islamic leaders to take a stand against violence done in the name of religion, describing the struggle against extremism as a ‘battle between good and evil’. In a highly anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia, Trump lashed out at Iran, accusing Tehran of fuelling ‘the fires of sectarian conflict and terror’ and calling for ...

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Bomb wounds 20 at Bangkok military hospital: police

A small bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday wounding more than 20 people, police said, three years to the day since the army seized power of the politically unstable kingdom.   Thailand remains starkly divided since the May 22, 2014 coup, but dissent has broadly been silenced by a military with sweeping security powers.   It was not ...

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71 militants killed in Afghan forces fresh operations

Up to 71 armed militants have been killed during series of operations across the conflict-hit Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, said a statement of Interior Ministry released here on Monday.  “Afghan National Defense and Security Forces launched 12 Counter-Terrorism operations to clear some areas from terrorists and enemies and as a result 71 rebels have been killed over the past 24 hours,” the statement ...

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