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US carries out 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants near major Iraq dam

US warplanes and drones carried out 15 air strikes on Monday against Islamic State (IS) militants battling for control of a major dam in northern Iraq, the military said. Fighter jets, bombers and unmanned planes destroyed nine IS positions and eight vehicles around the Mosul dam, where insurgents are fighting…

Infected Ebola patients flee Liberia clinic after club-wielding youths attack

Seventeen Ebola patients in Liberia who fled from a quarantine centre after it was attacked by club-wielding youths were missing on Sunday, striking a fresh blow to efforts to contain the deadly virus. The attack on the Monrovia centre late Saturday highlighted the challenge faced by health authorities battling the…

ISIS could come to streets of Britain, warns Prime Minister Cameron

Islamic State fighters sweeping across Syria and Iraq are a direct threat to Britain and the country must use all tools available to halt their advance, Prime Minister David Cameron said. Cameron said that while it would not be right to send an army into Iraq, some degree of military…

Three climbers die after 2,600 foot fall from Mont Blanc

Two climbers and their guide have fallen 800 metres to their death in the Mont Blanc range, police said on Monday, the latest in a series of tragedies on Europe’s highest mountain. “The fall of 800 metres (2,600 feet) gave them no chance,” police said, adding they probably fell off…

Fate of Gaza truce in balance as death toll tops 2,000

The Gaza death toll rose over 2,000 Monday as the clock ticked towards a midnight deadline and negotiators in Cairo strove to hammer out a decisive end to weeks of bloodshed. As millions in and around Gaza enjoyed an eighth day of calm brought on by two back-to-back truce agreements,…

Saudi prince robbed of 250,000 euros in Paris carjacking

Kalashnikov-wielding robbers have attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros ($335,000) in cash and reportedly stealing “sensitive” documents, French police said Monday. The spectacular robbery took place in northern Paris late on Sunday as the motorcade was making its way from a plush…

Assange smacks down Murdoch as he announces he’s leaving Ecuador embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Monday he would “soon” leave Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has sought asylum for over two years. He told a press conference he “will be leaving the embassy soon” but not for reasons “reported by the Murdoch press,” without elaborating further. British media reported…

Dubai bars world’s most pierced man: ‘Immigration thought I am Black Magic’

Rolf Buchholz, the world’s most pierced man, has been barred from Dubai, where he was turned back at the airport on his way to a hotel appearance, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Airport officials gave no reason for refusing entry to the 53-year-old German, who sports 453 piercings plus two…

Dubai deports world’s most pierced man because he practices ‘Black Magic’: report

Rolf Buchholz, the world’s most pierced man, has been barred from Dubai, where he was turned back at the airport on his way to a hotel appearance, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Airport officials gave no reason for refusing entry to the 53-year-old German, who sports 453 piercings plus two…

Pope Francis insists the Church is not out to ‘conquer’ Asia

Pope Francis reached out to China on the penultimate day of his visit to South Korea on Sunday, urging a closer dialogue and insisting that Catholics did not view Asia with the mentality of “conquerors.” In a speech to Catholic bishops from 22 Asian countries, the pope stressed the need…

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