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Battle to free Mosul of IS ‘intellectual terrorism’

In a classroom of the University of Mosul, in the Islamic State group’s former Iraqi capital, around 50 volunteers have undergone a week’s training on how to combat the jihadists’ ideology. The ulema, or Islamic scholars, aim to set up “brigades” tasked with ridding Mosul residents of extremist ideas following the city’s recapture last July which ended three years of ...

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US indicts 13 Russians for election interference

The US special prosecutor investigating Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election on Friday indicted 13 Russians for allegedly running a secret campaign to tilt the vote, prompting claims of vindication from President Donald Trump. The indictment — which includes the first charges laid by special counsel Robert Mueller for election interference — detailed a stunning operation launched in 2014 ...

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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country’s capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. Crowds of people gathered on Mexico City’s central Reforma Avenue as well as on streets in Oaxaca state’s capital, nearer the quake’s epicenter, which was ...

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Bolivia is shaken by 2 explosions that kill 12 people

Children returned to school Thursday and nervous adults tried to get back to normal after being stunned by two deadly explosions during this mining city’s exuberant Carnival celebrations. People remained on edge as authorities sought explanations for the two blasts in normally peaceful Bolivia. A crater gouged into the ground at one site and splintered chairs scattered on a nearby ...

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Pakistan says it destroyed Indian post, killing 5 soldiers

Pakistan’s army says it has killed five Indian soldiers by destroying their post in the Himalayan region of Kashmir after Indian sniper fire struck a school van, killing the driver. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor says in a statement Friday the Indian post was “destroyed” near Tatta Pani village. He vowed that “Indian terrorism against innocent citizens” will be ...

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Florida gunman had extra ammo at school, fired for 3 minutes

The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings and carried extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff’s department report released Thursday. Nikolas Cruz told investigators that he shot students in the hallways and on the grounds of Marjory ...

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S.Africa’s new president vows to tackle state corruption

Cyril Ramaphosa, a former anti-apartheid activist turned businessman, was named South Africa’s president Thursday and immediately vowed to fight corruption in a direct reference to accusations levelled at his predecessor Jacob Zuma. Tainted by scandal, Zuma resigned on Wednesday following intense pressure from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) that he had dominated for his nine years in power. “Issues ...

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South African President Zuma succumbs to pressure, resigns

South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday in a televised address to the nation, ending a turbulent tenure marred by corruption scandals that sapped the popularity of the ruling African National Congress and hurt one of Africa’s biggest economies. The resignation signaled an imminent end to a leadership crisis in South Africa and set the stage for Zuma to ...

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Nepal prime minister resigns, paving way for new government

Nepal’s prime minister resigned Thursday after his party lost parliamentary elections, paving the way for a new government. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba made the announcement a day after the results of the November and December elections were finalized. “I have successfully completed the task of conducting all levels of elections,” Deuba said in his announcement. During his eight months ...

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17 dead in Florida high school shooting

At least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida, police have said, reports BBC. The suspect has been named as Nikolas Cruz, 19, and is a former student at the school who had been expelled. As the attack unfolded students were forced to hide as police swooped in on ...

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