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Victory over IS

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Iraqi PM declares ‘end of war against Islamic State’ in Iraq BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declared victory in a three-year war by Iraqi forces to expel the Islamic State jihadist group that at its height endangered…

Inferno threat

LOS ANGELES -- An inferno engulfed the Los Angeles region Wednesday, forcing more than 200,000 people to flee and threatening thousands of homes, including mansions in the luxurious Bel-Air neighborhood. Authorities issued a “purple” alert — never used before —…

Rohingya refugee crisis a ‘grave security risk’

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YANGON -- Prolonged displacement of Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladeshi camps poses a “grave security risk”, conflict analysts ICG warned Thursday, raising the spectre of militants recruiting among the displaced and launching cross-border attacks on Myanmar. Raids by the Arakan…

Massive war game

US, South Korea begin largest-ever joint air drill; senator warns of ‘preemptive war’ SEOUL -- The US and South Korea on Monday kicked off their largest ever joint air exercise, an operation North Korea has labeled an “all-out provocation”, days…

Dangerous liaison

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump’s former top advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI over his contacts with Russia, in a dramatic escalation of the probe into possible collusion between the president's campaign team and Moscow. The…

Londoners fearful as acid attacks soar

LONDON -- Delivery rider Jabed Hussain was waiting at a traffic light one night in east London when two attackers sprayed acid in his face and stole his moped. It was one of hundreds of attacks in the British capital…

North Korea holds mass celebrations for latest nuke long-range missile test

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SEOUL -- North Korea held mass celebrations for its latest successful long-range missile test, Pyongyang's state media said Saturday, with a propaganda-filled display of fireworks and dancing in public squares. The ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun covered its…

US man’s tattoo leaves doctors with life-or-death dilemma

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WASHINGTON -- A Florida hospital faced an unsettling ethical quandary when paramedics brought in an unconscious patient with “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed across his chest -- leaving doctors grappling with whether the message accurately conveyed his end-of-life wishes. The 70-year-old…

Destruction

UNITED NATIONS, United States -- The United States on Wednesday warned that North Korea’s leadership will be “utterly destroyed” if war breaks out as it called on countries to cut all diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea — including…

Live UN court war trial suicide probed

THE HAGUE -- Dutch prosecutors are investigating how a Bosnian Croat war criminal managed to dramatically take his own life Wednesday, apparently after drinking poison he had smuggled into a UN court, in scenes that were broadcast live. In shocking…

‘Who is the pope?’ ask Rohingya refugees

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- The plight of Rohingya refugees is the backdrop to Pope Francis’ landmark visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh this week. But in the vast refugee camps on the border, there is puzzlement, with many asking: “Who is…

Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ trial

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BUENOS AIRES -- Former Argentine navy captain Alfredo Astiz, known as the “Angel of Death,” received life in prison Wednesday for crimes committed at a notorious torture center during the country’s 1976-1983 military junta. He, along with ex-navy officer Jorge…

Nuke power

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after successfully testing a new missile capable of hitting anywhere in the United States. The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snapped a two-month…
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