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If Baghdadi death confirmed, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were army officers under late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Experts on Islamist groups see no clear successor but regard Iyad al-Obaidi and Ayad al-Jumaili as the leading contenders, though neither would be likely to ...

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Israel strikes Syrian positions after fire toward it

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli aircraft struck various positions in Syria Saturday, destroying two tanks, in response to more than 10 projectiles that landed in its territory, the military said. The flare-up marked a rare case of Israeli involvement in the bloody fighting next door. Israel has steadfastly stayed on the sidelines of Syria’s…

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Trump, Putin and Erdogan behave like autocratic rulers: Germany’s Schulz

The European Union must become stronger in response to a weakening of democracy in the United States, Russia and Turkey, the leader of Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats said in remarks published on Saturday. Martin Schulz, who is also a former president of the…

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More than 100 people feared buried by southwest China landslide

Around 100 people are feared buried by a landslide that crashed into their homes in southwestern China early Saturday, a county government said. The landslide from a mountain fell onto the village of Xinmo at about 6 a.m., burying some 40 homes, the government of Mao county in Sichuan province… ……

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Drug War? American Troops Are Protecting Afghan Opium. U.S. Occupation Leads to All-Time High Heroin Production

first published in June 2014 It is well-documented that the U.S. government has – at least at some times in some parts of the world – protected drug operations. (Big American banks also launder money for drug cartels. See … ……

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Fifth GOP Senator Comes Out Against Republican Health Care Bill

Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said that he can’t support the GOP bill that would remove former President Barack Obama’s health care legislation in the latest challenge facing GOP leadership trying to guide the legislation through the Senate, according to The Associated Press. Heller is facing a tough re-election next year and said that he would not rule supporting ...

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At Least 40 Killed Across Pakistan in Bombing and Shooting Attacks

Dozens were killed and even more injured as Pakistan was struck by protest marches, bombings, and shootings across the country on Friday, according to BBC News. Officials say that at least 25 were killed in two explosions at a market in the northwestern town of Parachinar. Police said that the two explosions went off almost simultaneously near a bus terminal ...

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Colombia’s ELN rebels free two Dutch journalists

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s Marxist ELN rebel group said on Friday it has freed two Dutch journalists captured this week in the northeast of the Andean country. The reporters,…

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