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U.S. service member killed in northern Iraq

Us sservice member killed in IraqA U.S. service member has been killed by a bomb in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The service member was hit by an improvised explosive device, the Pentagon said in a short statement without elaboration. A Defense Department spokesman said there was nothing more to add now. And the name of the dead service member was not released.


Federal Judge: Voters Illegally Removed From Ohio Rolls May Cast Provisional Ballots

Ohio voters can submit provisional ballotsA federal judge in Ohio laid out a plan on Wednesday for the state to restore voting privileges for people who were illegally removed from the state’s voter rolls over the past five years.

The ruling stems from a case in which the ACLU and other plaintiffs sued, saying Ohio’s process for removing people who had died or moved away from voter rolls was illegal because it purged people simply for not voting and not responding to a letter from the state.


United Kingdom to pardon thousands of men convicted under anti-gay laws

UK pardons men jailed for being gayThousands of gay and bisexual men convicted decades ago under a law that criminalized same-sex relationships will be pardoned, the British government said.

The Ministry of Justice announced Thursday it will formally pardon anyone convicted under the law as long as the same-sex relationship was consensual, the parties were over age 16 and sexual activity did not happen in a public restroom. The new law will also automatically pardon deceased people who were convicted of such sex acts.


Woman alleges Trump groped her at U.S. Open

Woman alleges Trump groped her at US OpenA New York woman is accusing Donald Trump of groping her outside of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in 1998.

Karena Virginia, a yoga teacher and lifestyle coach, said Trump approached her while she was waiting for her car outside of the tennis tournament in Queens, N.Y., when she overheard Trump and a few other men talking about her.


Trump refuses to say he will accept election result

Trump refuses to accept lossDonald  Trump, the Republican Party nominee for US president, has refused to say that he would accept the election result if he loses, as he clashed with rival Hillary Clinton in their third and final debate.

Declining to be drawn on what he would do, he said: "I will look at it at the time."

Trump has leaned on an increasingly brazen strategy in the campaign's closing weeks, including peddling charges that the election will be rigged, despite no evidence of widespread  voter fraud  in previous US presidential contests.


Inside Iraq's Mosul: 'We fear for our lives'

Mozul inhabitants fear for their livesFamilies inside Iraq's Mosul say they are living in fear and desperation as the military operation to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) pushes on.  

Speaking to Al Jazeera on the phone from inside Mosul, Abu Yazan, 36, who didn't want his real name used fearing reprisals from the group also known as ISIS, said fleeing the city was "not possible" at this stage.


Philippine President Duterte announces separation from U.S.

Philippine president Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Thursday that he’s breaking from the United States, saying that he is strengthening ties with China and that America “lost.”

“I announce my separation from the United States," said Duterte in Beijing, where he’s meeting with business leaders and elected official. "I have separated from them. So I will be dependent on you for all time. But do not worry. We will also help as you help us."


200 women demand peace agreement on Israel's Lebanese border

Women Wage HeatMore than 200 women and several men took part in a rally on the Israeli side of the Israel-Lebanon border on Tuesday. The rally was organized by Women Wage Peace, a social movement working "to bring about a viable peace agreement," as their Facebook page states. The group has already organized peace rallies and marches throughout the country.

Tuesday's rally was located outside the now closed Good Fence, through which Lebanese Maronites would regularly pass into Israel for work and medical care until Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon in 2000. Israel absorbed some 15,000 Maronites, who were predicted to have been massacred by Hezbollah on charges of collaboration with Israel were they to have stayed in Lebanon.




Super Typhoon Haima hits Philippines as equivalent of Category 4 hurrricane

hurricane hits philippinesSuper Typhoon Haima hit the northeast Philippines on Wednesday, bringing gusts of nearly 200 mph -- days after Typhoon Sarika killed three people in the Pacific island nation.

The storm hit land near Peñablanca late Wednesday as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, forecasters said, and was expected to pass over or near Ilocos Norte and Apayao.Haima has brought maximum sustained winds of about 140 mph with gusts of 195 mph to the islands.

The most severe tropical cyclone warning has been issued for the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao in the Luzon island.


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