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Iraqi forces close in on Tigris river in Mosul-military spokesman

Iraqi forces close in on Tigris river in Mosul-military spokesman

Iraqi forces close in on Tigris river in Mosul-military spokesman

Bartella, January 7 Iraqi forces closed in on the river that runs through central Mosul today in advances against Islamic State that have gathered pace thanks to new tactics and better coordination, a counter-terrorism spokesman said. Advances in recent days, including today’s push to within several hundred metres of the Tigris, have included an unprecedented

Gunfire erupts in western Ivory Coast city of Man-residents

Abidjan, January 7 Gunfire erupted in the city of Man in western Ivory Coast early today, residents said, though it was not immediately clear whether the shooting was related to a revolt by disgruntled soldiers that has struck at least five other cities and towns. “There’s shooting right now. We have shut ourselves inside at

Report cites Putin’s ‘influence campaign’, Trump says no effect on poll result

Washington, January 7 Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an “influence campaign” in the 2016 US election to undermine faith in the democratic process, harm Hillary Clinton’s electability and improve Donald Trump’s electoral chances, the US intelligence has said. A declassified summary of the American intelligence community’s assessment of Russian meddling in the polls —released on

Heavy gunfire heard at military camps in Ivory Coast

Yamoussoukro, January 7 Heavy gunfire was heard overnight and early on Saturday near military camps in two cities in Ivory Coast, where disgruntled soldiers launched revolts a day earlier over salaries and bonuses, residents and a soldier said. Shooting began at around 6 a.m. (0600 GMT) in Bouake, the West African nation’s second-largest city of

Investigators search for motive in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Florida, January 7 Federal investigators will on Saturday pursue all angles in determining the motives behind a mass shooting in which an attacker opened fire in a crowded baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale’s airport, killing five people. Authorities said they had taken decorated Iraq war veteran Esteban Santiago into custody following the shooting and

Five Indian-Americans take oath as Congress members

Five Indian-Americans take oath as Congress members

Washington, January 5 A record five Indian-Americans took oath as members of the US Congress, scripting history for the minority ethnic community that comprises just one per cent of America’s population. 52-year-old Kamala Harris, whose mother was from India and father from Jamaica, was sworn in on Tuesday as the Senator from California by outgoing

Over 150 inmates escape in Philippine jail raid

Philippine, January 5 More than 150 inmates of a southern Philippine jail escaped when suspected Muslim rebels stormed the dilapidated facility in a pre-dawn raid on Wednesday, killing one guard, authorities said. The attack added to a long history of daring jailbreaks in the strife-torn south, home to a decades-old Muslim separatist insurgency as well

Thousands still stranded in Malaysia floods

Rantau Panjang, January 5 Thousands of people remained stranded in relief centres Thursday as northeast Malaysia struggled to recover from severe flooding and residents raised fears of looting. But the number of people displaced in the states of Kelantan and Terengganu fell to about 18,300 from almost 23,000 Wednesday. Seasonal flooding hits Malaysia`s east coast

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