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Airstrikes Begin: U.S. Navy Planes Drop Bombs on ISIS Forces

on August 8, 2014, 8:19 AM / in International News, News

The United States dropped laser-guided bombs on ISIS artillery in Iraq on Friday, the Pentagon said — the beginning of airstrikes threatened a day earlier by President Barack Obama. The bombs, 500 pounds each, were dropped by two Navy F-18 fighter jets near Erbil, the strategically important city that serves as the Kurdish capital, and where the United States has […]

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Fragile Gaza truce shatters as Israeli shells ‘kill 27’ in Rafah

Fragile Gaza truce shatters as Israeli shells ‘kill 27’ in Rafah

on August 1, 2014, 6:18 AM / in International News, News

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Intensive Israeli shelling killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 150 in southern Gaza on Friday, medics said, shattering a fragile truce only hours after it began. AFP correspondents said the artillery barrage of the southern city of Rafah was ongoing, preventing medics from recovering the dead and wounded, after the army […]

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Uganda constitutional court annuls new anti-gay law

Uganda constitutional court annuls new anti-gay law

on August 1, 2014, 6:15 AM / in International News, News

Kampala (AFP) – Uganda’s constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament. The law is “null and void,” the presiding judge told the court, saying the process had contravened the constitution, as it has been passed in parliament in December without the necessary […]

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U.S. Senate confirms first ambassador to Russia in five months

U.S. Senate confirms first ambassador to Russia in five months

on August 1, 2014, 6:00 AM / in International News, News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved President Barack Obama’s choice of John Tefft to be the next American ambassador to Russia, filling a post that had been vacant since February. Tefft is a former envy to Ukraine under Obama, and to Georgia and Lithuania under Republican President George W. Bush.     Tefft will go to Moscow […]

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on July 29, 2014, 7:06 AM / in International News

A suicide attacker killed an influential cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a dispute over election results that will determine the country’s new leader as US-led troops withdraw. Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in the southern province of Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates involved in a bitter […]

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N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

on July 28, 2014, 6:10 AM / in International News, News

Seoul (AFP) – A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula. The threat came from Hwang Pyong-So, director of the military’s General Political Bureau, during a speech to a large military rally in Pyongyang Sunday on the anniversary of the […]

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Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

on July 28, 2014, 6:07 AM / in International News, News

Tokyo (AFP) – Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year, underscoring concerns about atomic power after the Fukushima crisis. The move to distribute the pills — which help to reduce radiation buildup in the body — started Sunday for those living within a five-kilometre […]

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MH17 investigators turn back after ‘explosions’

MH17 investigators turn back after ‘explosions’

on July 28, 2014, 6:03 AM / in International News, News

The Hague (AFP) – Dutch and Australian forensic investigators on their way to the MH17 crash site turned back Monday after “explosions” in the area, a government spokeswoman in The Hague said. “They have returned in the direction of Donetsk,” justice ministry spokeswoman Sentina van der Meer told AFP. “Explosions were heard, and they were warned by the locals.” The […]

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Libya denies Egyptians killed in Tripoli attack

Libya denies Egyptians killed in Tripoli attack

on July 28, 2014, 6:01 AM / in International News, News

Tripoli (AFP) – Libya on Monday denied claims from Cairo that Egyptian nationals were among those killed in a rocket attack on a house in Tripoli at the weekend. Egypt’s foreign ministry had said a rocket hit a house in the capital on Saturday, killing 23 people, including several Egyptians. “There are 23 people dead after a Grad rocket fell […]

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Russia says will use ‘all options’ against Yukos ruling

Russia says will use ‘all options’ against Yukos ruling

on July 28, 2014, 5:54 AM / in International News, News

Moscow (AFP) – Russia will use every means to defend itself after the arbitration court in the Hague ordered it to pay $50 billion compensation to Yukos shareholders, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. Energy giant Rosneft, which acquired the assets of Yukos after the jailing of its founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said that all its dealings were lawful. Lavrov […]

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Aruba frees Venezuela ex-general sought by U.S. over drugs

Aruba frees Venezuela ex-general sought by U.S. over drugs

on July 28, 2014, 5:51 AM / in International News, News

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) – A former Venezuelan military intelligence head detained on the Caribbean island of Aruba over U.S accusations of drug-trafficking was released and flew home on Sunday. Instead of being extradited to the United States, retired General Hugo Carvajal flew home after the Netherlands government ruled he had diplomatic immunity, his lawyer and Venezuelan officials said. […]

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