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US warplanes launch bombing campaign on IS in Libya

US planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the UN-backed government’s request to help push the militants from their former stronghold of Sirte in what US officials described as the start of a sustained campaign against the extremist group in the city. “The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe ...

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Obama’s half-brother votes for Donald Trump

Barack Obama’s half-brother said he was so disappointed with the Democratic party that he will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump.   Malik Obama said he supports Trump because of his frustrations with the Obama administration – from its role in ousting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to the administration’s support of same-sex marriage.   “I feel like a Republican now ...

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China, North Korea envoys hold talks in Laos

   Top envoys from China and North Korea held talks  on the sidelines of a regional summit in Laos as tensions run high on the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. North Korea’s newly minted Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho, a former nuclear negotiator for the hermit state, and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi met in the capital Vientiane. It is ...

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Munich gunman ‘planned attack for year’

  The teenage gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday had been planning his attack for a year, German authorities say. David Ali Sonboly, 18, who had a Glock pistol and more than 300 bullets, killed himself after the attack. Bavarian officials said the gunman, still not officially named, appeared to have bought the illegal pistol used in ...

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Saudi Air defense forces shoot down missile fired from Yemen

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen says Saudi air defense forces have shot down a ballistic missile fired at the kingdom from Yemen. A statement carried on the official Saudi Press Agency says the missile targeting the southern city of Najran was intercepted at 9:30 a.m. local time on Saturday. No damage or casualties were reported. The Saudi-led coalition backs ...

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Adolf Hitler’s birthplace loathes link to him but not the building

BRAUNAU AM INN, AUSTRIA: Adolf Hitler was born in the house behind her and the building is a natural draw for tourists. But when asked about her hometown’s most important landmark, Ivonne Bekking gestured down the road toward a baroque church steeple. It’s a well-taught defense mechanism in Braunau am Inn, where Klara Hitler gave birth to Adolf in 1889 ...

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10 killed as bombers attack Yemeni Army checkpoints

Two suicide bombers tried to ram vehicles laden with explosives through two Yemeni military checkpoints near the government-held port city of Mukalla on Monday, killing at least 10 people, the army and medics said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks near the capital of Hadramout province on the Gulf of Aden, the latest in a series of bombings ...

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Bus with Chinese tourists catches fire in Taiwan, killing 26

A tour bus carrying visitors from China burst into flames on a busy highway near Taiwan’s capital on Tuesday, killing all 26 people on board, officials said. The accident took place on the No. 2 national highway in Taoyuan county, south of Taipei, where the island’s international airport is located, the county’s fire and rescue service said in a statement. ...

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India Maoist rebels kill 10 paramilitary soldiers in Bihar

Ten paramilitary soldiers have been killed in a clash between security forces and Maoist rebels in India’s eastern Bihar state, police say. At least five other soldiers were injured in the battle in Aurangabad district late on Monday. Maoist rebels have carved out strongholds in a number of states in the north, east and centre of India. They say they ...

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Islamic State flag found in room of German train attacker

Police have found a hand-painted Islamic State flag in the room of a young Afghan refugee who attacked passengers on a train in southern Germany with an axe, a state minister said on Tuesday. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said, however, it was too early to say whether the youth was a member of Islamic State or any other militant ...

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