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Possible tornado kills 3 in Alabama as storms cross South

Property damage of varying degrees was reported throughout the rest of the state. Many trees were knocked down there and a few dozen homes were damaged by fallen trees, according to the preliminary reports . The NWS has confirmed five tornadoes in the state. At least four people have died in wildfires around Gatlinburg, Tennessee . Both twisters were EF-1 and moved at 105 miles per hour.



Israel Arrests 24 for Arson as Fires Rage On

Police have arrested 24 suspects in arson cases that have ravaged Israel and the West Bank. Twenty-two people have been arrested on suspicion of arson or incitement to arson, security officials said Friday, as Israel continued to battle its worst wildfires in years.



Turkish minister blasts European Union body for vote on membership talks

Turkey agreed to step up maritime and land border controls in exchange for incentives on its long-stalled European Union membership bid, including visa-free travel for its citizens and an acceleration of accession talks. "Both Brussels and Ankara remain stuck and are playing for time", Asli Aydintasbas, of the European Council on Foreign Relations, said in a research paper published this week.



Iraqi militias claim to have isolated IS-controlled Mosul

Government troops are backed by US -led coalition airstrikes against IS positions in the city. Prior to the launch of the operation, global reports predicted there are over million civilians living inside Mosul, Iraq's second city and ISIS' last major stronghold in Iraq.



Turkish PM threatens to reopen borders to migrants

The EU struck a deal earlier this year to return migrants to Turkey in return for a package including aid for the refugees and accelerated membership talks. Negotiations on Turkey joining the European Union began in 2005 but progress has been very slow. On Wednesday, Erdogan called on countries of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation to stand up to the West where, he said, Muslims were being confronted with "double standards, prejudice, alienation" and were being attacked.


Thirty-two bodies and nine severed heads found in Mexico

Thirty-two bodies and nine severed heads found in Mexico

The remains were taken to the state capital, Chilpancingo, to be identified, Alvarez said in a statement yesterday. Police and soldiers were chasing a wounded gang leader and trying to contain the violence which has broken out after hidden graves with dozens of bodies were found earlier this week.