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U.S. strike on Islamic State camps in Yemen kills dozens: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces killed dozens of Islamic State members in a strike on Monday on two training camps in Yemen, the Pentagon said. The camps in al-Bayda province were being used to train new fighters using AK-47s, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, the Pentagon said in a statement. Islamic State has used ungoverned areas in Yemen to ...

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Spain High Court jails two Catalan separatist leaders pending investigation

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spain moved closer on Monday to imposing central rule over Catalonia to thwart its independence push as Madrid’s High Court signaled a hardening line by jailing the leaders of two of the largest separatist organizations. In the first imprisonment of senior secessionist figures since Catalonia’s Oct. 1 independence referendum, the court ordered the heads of the Catalan ...

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Venezuela vote dispute escalates foreign sanctions threat

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition cried foul on Monday over the ruling socialists’ win in gubernatorial elections, raising the threat of more foreign sanctions following the vote in what the United States called “an authoritarian dictatorship.” President Nicolas Maduro’s candidates took 17 governorships, versus five for the opposition, in Sunday’s nationwide poll, according to the pro-government electoral board. The socialists’ ...

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Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

0SHARESShare TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, to mark its annual autumn festival, the shrine said on Tuesday. Abe was expected to refrain from visiting the shrine during the festival, which will last ...

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Hurricane Ophelia Sheds Light On Another Climate Change Concern

0SHARESShare The remnants of former hurricane Ophelia slammed into Ireland and the western United Kingdom on Monday, claiming at least three lives, leaving nearly 400,000 without power and further cementing the 2017 hurricane season’s place in history.  This time, scientists warn, the storm’s far reach into the eastern Atlantic illustrates how rising global temperatures could potentially expand the range of dangerous ...

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Thousands Are Fleeing Puerto Rico. Some Don’t Know If They’ll Ever Return

0SHARESShare Deborah Drahus Capo knew she’d have to leave Puerto Rico the moment she emerged from the bathroom where she had holed up throughout Hurricane Maria last month. For eight hours straight, the San Juan-based attorney had listened to the wind “howling like a monster,” waiting for the windows in her apartment to break. When the storm subsided, the streets ...

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Netanyahu’s Government Is Trying To Ban Police Investigations Of Prime Ministers

0SHARESShare Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling government is attempting to pass a law that would make sitting prime ministers immune from some forms of criminal investigation. Although the final wording and list of crimes in the legislation are still in flux, the basics of the bill are that a head of government would be allowed to serve out his ...

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Freed Taliban Prisoner Thought Trump Presidency Couldn’t Be Real

Joshua Boyle, the Canadian citizen who spent five years as a prisoner of the Taliban, didn’t believe his captors when they told him who the new United States president was. Boyle and his wife, Caitlan Coleman, were doing aid work in Afghanistan in 2012 when they were captured by the Taliban. Coleman, an American, was pregnant at the time, and ...

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The US Wants To Keep The Focus On ISIS But Its Iraqi Allies Are Moving On

0SHARESShare Iraqi children step on a Kurdish flag as forces loyal to the central government in Baghdad advance toward the center of Kirkuk on Monday. Ahmad Al-rubaye / AFP / Getty Images WASHINGTON — Two key American allies in the war on ISIS, the Iraqi military and the Kurdish peshmerga, have now turned their guns on one another — exactly ...

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U.S.-backed forces in final push against Islamic State Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) – U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State’s one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month offensive for the city to the brink of victory. A Reuters correspondent saw smoke rising above the city and heard mortar fire, but did not see air strikes while in Raqqa. A field commander ...

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