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IS conflict: Iraq declares 'liberation' of Nineveh province. IS conflict: Iraq declares 'liberation' of Nineveh province.
Iraq's prime minister says Nineveh province has been "fully liberated" from so-called Islamic State, after the district of Tal Afar was recaptured. Haider al-Abadi's announcement followed the defeat of the jihadist group in the town of Ayadiya, where the militants had fled to from Tal Afar. It leaves IS in control of just a few urban areas and some barren desert in central and western Iraq. ...
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Two million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. Two million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.
Some two million Muslims from across the world have begun the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Dressed in simple white clothes, the pilgrims started at sunset by circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site. Iranians are once again participating this year after missing the last Hajj following a deadly stampede in 2015. But only a few dozen pilgrims a...
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Iran building missile factories in Syria and Lebanon - Netanyahu. Iran building missile factories in Syria and Lebanon - Netanyahu.
Israel's prime minister has said Iran is building sites in Syria and Lebanon to produce precision-guided missiles. Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of turning Syria into a "base of military entrenchment as part of its declared goal to eradicate Israel". Iran's forces are supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's war and it backs Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. Mr Netanyahu's comments c...
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Four hurt in baseball bat attack at Australian university. Four hurt in baseball bat attack at Australian university.
Four people have been injured by a student wielding a baseball bat in a classroom at an Australian university, according to police. The suspect, an 18-year-old man, had been seated when he rose and assaulted a lecturer at the Australian National University in Canberra, police said. He then allegedly attacked students who went to her aid, before being subdued. Police said it was too early ...
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Tal Afar battle: Iraqi forces 'breach IS defences to reach city centre'. Tal Afar battle: Iraqi forces 'breach IS defences to reach city centre'.
Iraqi forces say they have broken through the defences of so-called Islamic State (IS) and reached the centre of the city of Tal Afar. A spokesman said troops had also reached the neighbourhood around the old citadel. Tal Afar, near the Syrian border, is one of the jihadists' last remaining strongholds in Iraq after they were driven out of the city of Mosul. The Iraqi offensive on Tal Afa...
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Canadian town refuses to remove swastikas from park. Canadian town refuses to remove swastikas from park.
A Canadian town says it will not remove swastikas from a public park because it has historical significance. The Nazi symbols adorn an anchor that was on display in Pointe-des-Cascades, Quebec. Corey Fleischer, who goes around Montreal removing hateful graffiti, tried to paint over the swastikas. But the mayor stopped him and had police remove him from the park, arguing the anchor is a pa...
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Barcelona attack: Van driver shot dead by police. Barcelona attack: Van driver shot dead by police.
Spanish police have shot dead the main suspect in last Thursday's Barcelona attack, Younes Abouyaaqoub. Police believe he was the driver of a van which careered down the Las Ramblas avenue, killing 13 and injuring more than 100 others. He was killed some 25 miles (40km) west of Barcelona near a sewage treatment works following a tip off. Abouyaaqoub, wearing a fake explosive belt, is repo...
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Spanish police kill suspects in second attack after 13 die in Barcelona. Spanish police kill suspects in second attack after 13 die in Barcelona.
Spanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, after an earlier one in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens. The men were linked to the Barcelona attack, police say. Police are still hunting the man who drove his van into crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday. Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy described it as a...
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Falling tree kills 13 on Portuguese island of Madeira. Falling tree kills 13 on Portuguese island of Madeira.
A falling tree has killed at least 13 people and injured 49 at a religious ceremony on the Portuguese island of Madeira. A video shows the tree crashing down on a crowded square in a suburb of the main town, Funchal, spreading panic among people enjoying the festivities. Two children are reported to have been killed, and some of the injured are said to be foreign nationals. Reports sugges...
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Sydney tent city: Homeless people leave Martin Place after new laws. Sydney tent city: Homeless people leave Martin Place after new laws.
Sydney's "tent city", which ignited debate about homelessness in Australia, has begun to be dismantled following the introduction of new laws. Homeless people had been camping at Martin Place in central Sydney for more than six months. State legislators argued the camp was unauthorised and compromised public safety. They granted police powers to remove the tents, but residents began leaving ...
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