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Islamic State executed 2,000 Iraqis in Nineveh: defense minister

ISIS exectues IraquisMore than two thousand Iraqis in the northern province of Nineveh have been executed by Islamic State militants controlling the area, the defense minister said on Friday in a recorded statement.

Ministry officials could not confirm when or how the deaths had occurred and Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the government's claims.

Access is severely restricted in large parts of Iraq's north and west, which Islamic State militants have controlled since sweeping across the Syrian border in mid-2014 in a bid to establish a modern caliphate.

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Truck bomb in Afghan capital kills 15, wounds hundreds

Kabul truck bombA truck bomb exploded near an army compound in the center of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least 15 people and wounding close to 250, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which shook the center of Kabul and ripped through homes and shops, and was heard from miles around the city. Sources told Al Jazeera that the target of the attack had been a nearby Afghan military base.

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U.S. says Israel rebuffing talks to beef up security cooperation

Israel rebuffing security talksIsrael has repeatedly rebuffed offers by the United States to discuss boosting security cooperation in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, Obama administration officials said Thursday.

The Israeli cold shoulder is the latest measure of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wrath over the nuclear accord, underscoring the unprecedented tensions that have grown between the United States and its closest ally in the Middle East.

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The Death Toll Of Migrants Crossing The Mediterranean Sea Has Skyrocketed In 2015

Migrants lost at seaMore than 2,000 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe this year, the International Organization for Migration reported just a day before an overcrowded fishing boat carrying at least 600 migrants capsized off Zuwara, Libya.

“We have seen a constant and intense flux of arrivals, and many unaccompanied children, but the real problem is the number of dead. It is much higher than years past,” Giovanna Di Benedetto of Save the Children in Sicily told The Telegraph, after the news of the capsized boat in Libya. Wednesday’s tragedy is believed to be the biggest Mediterranean disaster since 800 people drowned in April. “Every single day we have corpses coming off the boats. Unfortunately with this latest accident, we await many more. It is unacceptable.”

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Japan Set to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Japan to open Fukishima plantJapan is about to do something that’s never been done before: Restart a fleet of mothballed nuclear reactors.

The first reactor to meet new safety standards could come online as early as next week. Japan is reviving its nuclear industry four years after all its plants were shut for safety checks following the earthquake and tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima Dai-Ichi station north of Tokyo, causing radiation leaks that forced the evacuation of 160,000 people.

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Kerry says accord reached with Russia on Syria chemical weapons

Kerry accord with RussiaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he hopes an agreement reached with Russia to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria will hold the perpetrators accountable.

Speaking Thursday in Malaysia, Kerry said he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had agreed Wednesday to language of a new U.N. Security Council resolution that would create an investigative mechanism to determine who is responsible for chemical attacks.

The current process does not allow investigators to make a finding of accountability.

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Tony Blair could face trial over 'illegal' Iraq war, says Labour Party front-runner

Tony BlairTony Blair should stand trial on charges of war crimes if the evidence suggests he broke international law over the “illegal” Iraq war in 2003, the Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has said.Corbyn called on the former prime minister to “confess” the understandings he reached with George W Bush in the run up to the invasion.

Asked on BBC Newsnight whether Blair should stand trial on war crimes charges, Corbyn said: “If he has committed a war crime, yes. Everybody who has committed a war crime should be.”

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