Syrian government forces pound Aleppo for second day
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Syrian government forces pound Aleppo for second day

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes and artillery pounded rebel-held districts of Aleppo for the second day Wednesday, killing at least 11 people and damaging two hospitals, a blood bank and several residential buildings in the city’s eastern neighborhoods. Residents rushed for cover and doctors cowered with their patients in a hospital basement amid the … Continue reading

Pakistan orders 400 Turks to leave ahead of Erdogan’s visit
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Pakistan orders 400 Turks to leave ahead of Erdogan’s visit

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Ahead of a visit by Turkey’s president, Islamabad ordered 400 Turkish nationals affiliated with a chain of international schools in Pakistan to leave the country within 72 hours, officials said Wednesday. The move was announced on the website of the Pak-Turk International chain of schools and colleges, and confirmed by two school … Continue reading

Russia says its warships drove away Dutch sub shadowing them
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Russia says its warships drove away Dutch sub shadowing them

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday drove away a Dutch submarine shadowing the squadron, the military said. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said two Russian navy destroyers spotted the Walrus-class submarine Wednesday while it was 20 kilometers (some 11 nautical miles) away from the Admiral Kuznetsov … Continue reading

France moving more than 6,000 migrants, destroying huge camp
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France moving more than 6,000 migrants, destroying huge camp

CALAIS, France (AP) — Carrying their belongings in bags and suitcases, long lines of migrants waited calmly in chilly temperatures Monday to board buses in the French port city of Calais, as authorities began evacuating and dismantling the squalid camp they call home. French authorities were beginning a complex operation to shut down the makeshift … Continue reading

IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight
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IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul. At least 13 workers, including four Iranians, were … Continue reading

Iraqis push toward IS-held Mosul in long-awaited operation
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Iraqis push toward IS-held Mosul in long-awaited operation

KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — Columns of Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes slowly advanced on Mosul from several directions on Monday, launching a long-awaited operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the Islamic State group. As airstrikes sent plumes of smoke into the air and heavy artillery rounds rumbled, troops pushed into … Continue reading