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Iraqi troops capture largest neighborhood in western Mosul

Iraqi troops capture largest neighborhood in western Mosul

Islamic State militants have regularly executed civilians in Kirkuk over accusations of collaboration with security forces or for attempting to flee to refugee camps. Mosul , 400 km away from here, has been under IS control since June 2014, when government forces abandoned their posts and fled, enabling IS militants to take control of the country's northern and western regions.


USA sets up missile defence in S. Korea as North shows power

USA sets up missile defence in S. Korea as North shows power

Watchers see the end of April when the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group leaves the region and when the joint military drills between Seoul and Washington end as the mostly likely time for North Korea to conduct another provocation. "North Korea's unlawful weapons programs represent a clear, grave threat to US national security", it said. There is strong speculation that North Korea will carry out another nuclear or missile test to mark the anniversary of its armed forces today or ...


Russia defends restrictions on Confederations Cup reporters

Russia defends restrictions on Confederations Cup reporters

Although world champions Germany are taking part in the June 17 to July 2 tournament, the mass-circulation Bild said it would not be sending any reporters to Russian Federation "as long as this censorship applies". "Bild will not send any reporter to the Confederations Cup as long as this censorship applies". "These are the conditions of a dictatorship that is afraid that the media could be critical of the political, economic and social environment of the tournament", wrote DJV [Deutsche ...



Asia Minute: Government Begins Hire Australian Program

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced this week plans to abolish the 457 visa programme, which is used to hire foreign workers in the restaurant, IT and medical industries. "These fundamental values are what make us Australian", Turnbull said. Applicants for Australian citizenship are now tested on their knowledge of law and national symbols such as the colors of the Aboriginal flag.


Canada responds to U.S.-imposed lumber tariffs

Canada responds to U.S.-imposed lumber tariffs

After U.S. President Donald Trump announced another softwood lumber fight, the U.S. and Canada trade dispute might take years to sort out. As a candidate, Trump had vowed to declare China a currency manipulator and to rewrite or withdraw from the North America Free Trade Agreement because, he said, so many American factories had moved jobs to Mexico to exploit low-wage labor.