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IS jihadists take Ramadi but pinned back in Palmyra

Ramadi falls to ISISThe Islamic State group sealed its capture of Ramadi Sunday after a dramatic pullout by Iraqi forces but was prevented by Syrian troops from taking the heritage site of Palmyra.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged government forces to hold fast in Ramadi and prevent IS from making further gains, saying they would have air cover and Shiite militia reinforcements.


Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

Morsi sentenced to deathAn Egyptian court sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi and over 100 others to death Saturday over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and later brought Morsi's Islamist movement to power.

In what appears to be the first violent response to the sentence, suspected Islamic militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula gunned down three judges and wounded three others traveling in a car in the northern Sinai city of al-Arish, according to security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.


Israeli sources: Israel willing to accept Iran deal for US compensation

F-35 stealth fighterThe US Congress will not be able to stop a nuclear deal with Iran from being signed, according to recent assessments by sources in Israel's Foreign Ministry, the intelligence community and AIPAC, who now believe it might be time to shift gears.

Sources in Jerusalem have now realized that instead of continuing to fight a lost cause, Israel has another route that could help secure its interests – namely, asking the US for compensation in the form of expensive weapons or other favors.


Islamic State crisis: Militants seize Ramadi stronghold

Ramadi under ISIS controlIslamic State militants have seized the main government building in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's largest province.

As many as six suicide car bombs and mortars were used in the assault on the compound that houses the main police HQ and governor's office.  At least 50 security personnel are reported to have been taken prisoner at the site.

IS and Iraqi troops have been battling for months to take control of the strategically important Anbar province.


Fire Razes Slipper Factory In The Philippines; Dozens Feared Dead

slipper factory fire in PhilippinesA fire at a Philippine rubber slipper factory killed 31 workers on Wednesday and dozens were missing and feared dead, government and fire officials said.

Ariel Barayuga, head of bureau of fire protection, said investigators were trying to determine the cause of fire in the capital, Manila, that trapped workers at the two-storey factory building of Kentex Manufacturing Inc, which makes flip-flops and slippers.


Vatican recognizes Palestine in new treaty

Pope recognizes PalestineThe Vatican formally recognized Palestine as a state Wednesday in a treaty, the first legal document negotiated between Palestine and the Holy See.

The yet-unsigned treaty specifies the Holy See no longer deals with the Palestine Liberation Organization but with the state of Palestine, a symbolic but important formality in Palestine's legitimacy as a nation. The Vatican, whose interests include the safety of many Christian holy sites in Israel and Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, thus joins a number of European countries accepting Palestine as a state.


Resettled in the US, Afghan interpreters plead for help

afghan interpretersIn 2007, Sardar Khan, a young Afghan just out of high school, signed up at Camp Phoenix in Kabul to work as an interpreter for the U.S. military.

It was a straightforward decision. For years, he'd seen American soldiers walking around the streets near his home. He was struck by their tone.

“They … [spoke] in a nice way to the people and they were helping the people,” he recalled. “On that time, a question occurr in my mind: … These people [left] their families. They are coming here to help this country. ‘Why [are] you not joining them?’”


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