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Trump warns of military action as protests against George Floyd’s killing continue in Minnesota

United States President Donald Trump on Friday warned that he would "send in the National Guard and get the job done right" if protests in Minnesota were not curbed. He was referring to ongoing demonstrations against the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after Minneapolis police arrested him on Monday on suspicion of using a counterfeit banknote....

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Pentagon: Islamic State loses ground in Iraq, gains in Syria

WASHINGTON: While Islamic State militants have lost control of up to 6,500 square miles in Iraq, they have gained a bit of ground in Syria since last August, the Pentagon said Monday. Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the front lines of the territory held by the Islamic State group have been pushed further south and west in...

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Iraqi forces launch counter-attack against Islamic State in Anbar

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces launched a counter-attack on Islamic State in the western province of Anbar on Monday, seeking to reverse an early setback in a new campaign to recapture the country's Sunni heartland. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the new Anbar offensive last week, but Islamic State then overran two districts on the northern outskirts of the provincial capital...

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Violence escalates in east Ukraine ahead of talks

KIEV: Ukraine's military accused pro-Russian rebels on Monday of using heavy weapons that were meant to have been withdrawn under a ceasefire deal, after one Ukrainian serviceman was killed and six wounded in rebel-held territories. With fighting intensifying once more, the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany were due to meet in Berlin later on Monday to discuss...

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UN Security Council set to vote on Yemen resolution

UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. Security Council is due to vote today on a resolution to blacklist the son of Yemen's former president and a Houthi leader and effectively impose an arms embargo on the rebels who rule most of the country, diplomats said. It was unclear how Russia would vote on the draft by council member Jordan and Gulf Arab...

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Iran halts pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia as tensions rise

TEHRAN: Iran suspended all umrah pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia on Monday amid growing diplomatic tensions between the two countries, state television reported. Iran’s Culture Ministry made the decision over alleged abuse suffered by two male Iranian pilgrims travelling through Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah airport in March as they tried to return home, the station reported. Culture Ministry spokesman Hossein Nooshabadi said...

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Israel denounces Moscow’s decision to lift Iran missile ban

JERUSALEM: Israel on Monday denounced Russia's decision to lift a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defence missile systems as proof of Tehran's newfound "legitimacy" following nuclear talks. "This is a direct result of the legitimacy that Iran is receiving from the nuclear deal that is being prepared, and proof that the Iranian economic growth which follows the...

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Humanitarian crisis fear spike as strikes, clashes rock Yemen

ADEN: Aid agencies warned Monday of a growing humanitarian crisis including food shortages in Yemen as Saudi-led warplanes hit rebel positions for a third week and rival forces clashed. In Riyadh, Yemen´s Prime Minister Khaled Bahah was sworn in as vice president at the country´s embassy in front of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, a day after his appointment, in...

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Putin lifts ban on delivery of missiles to Iran

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Monday lifted a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defence missile systems, the Kremlin said, after Tehran struck a deal with the West over its nuclear programme. A decree signed by Putin removes a ban on "the shipment from Russia to Iran" of the S-300 missiles, the Kremlin said in a statement. Moscow...

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Three year old kills one year old in Cleveland

A 3-year-old fatally shot a 1-year-old at a Cleveland house over the weekend, according to police, who said they plan to arrest the adult who left the gun in the home. "A 3-year-old can't be held accountable for a tragedy like this," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told a press conference after the shooting. According to local television stations, "People...

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One dead in shooting at North Carolina community college

One person was killed in a shooting on Monday morning at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the campus was on lockdown as authorities searched for the shooter, according to media reports. At least one person was shot in a school library, Daniel Wiggins, assistant operations manager for Wayne County, North Carolina, told local news agency. The suspect...

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Saudi-led planes hit Yemen rebels as gunfire kills five

ADEN: Saudi-led warplanes hit rebel positions in southern Yemen Monday including the rebel-held presidential palace in Aden as gunfire killed five people in the port city, medics and residents said. The palace complex in the main southern city was President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's last refuge before he fled to neighbouring Saudi Arabia as the coalition air war began on March...

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2 Malian soldiers killed in attack in southern Mali

BAMAKO: A Malian military vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the south, killing two soldiers and wounding three others Sunday, a spokesman said. The attack in the Segou region comes about a month after a masked gunman opened fire inside a popular bar and restaurant in the capital, leaving five people dead. The spike in violence has been particularly alarming...

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Taliban attack kills 18 Afghan soldiers; some beheaded

KABUL: A major Taliban attack killed 18 Afghan soldiers and saw the extremists behead some of the troops, a government official says. Ahmad Nawid Froutan, a spokesman for the governor of Badakhshan province, said another 10 soldiers are missing after Friday's attack. The Defence Ministry said on Monday the attack in Badakhshan's Jurm district caused 30 soldiers to be "killed,...

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Australian man charged with 145 child sex offences

SYDNEY: An Australian man was charged on Monday with 145 sex offences against at least 28 children, including rape, after allegedly using social media to groom them. Police claim the 47-year-old from Warwick, southwest of Brisbane, Queensland, used several aliases online including Jazz, Jazzman and David Bourne to prey on children under the age of 16. His alleged crimes, including...

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Islamic State militants claim attacks on embassies in Libya

TRIPOLI: A bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital early on Monday, causing some damage but hurting nobody, a security official said, only hours after gunmen attacked South Korea's mission. Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said on twitter they were responsible for both attacks, the latest strikes against foreigners, embassies or oilfields in...

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Two killed as Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami protest at execution

DHAKA: Two student activists have been shot dead in Bangladesh, police said Monday, as the Jaamat-e-Islami party tried to enforce a nationwide strike to protest at the execution of a senior leader. There were also reports of protesters firebombing vehicles around the country as tensions ran high following the execution late Saturday of Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, a leader of the Jamaat....

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