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Gunfire, blasts as ISIL attacks Kirkuk amid Mosul push

ISIL attacks KirkukISIL fighters have attacked multiple targets in and around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, in a major assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi and Kurdish forces from a massive push against Mosul, the armed group's last major stronghold in Iraq.

The coordinated attacks began early on Friday when fighters armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked a power station and government buildings, including the police headquarters.


U.S. service member killed in northern Iraq

Us sservice member killed in IraqA U.S. service member has been killed by a bomb in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The service member was hit by an improvised explosive device, the Pentagon said in a short statement without elaboration. A Defense Department spokesman said there was nothing more to add now. And the name of the dead service member was not released.


Inside Iraq's Mosul: 'We fear for our lives'

Mozul inhabitants fear for their livesFamilies inside Iraq's Mosul say they are living in fear and desperation as the military operation to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) pushes on.  

Speaking to Al Jazeera on the phone from inside Mosul, Abu Yazan, 36, who didn't want his real name used fearing reprisals from the group also known as ISIS, said fleeing the city was "not possible" at this stage.


Philippine President Duterte announces separation from U.S.

Philippine president Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Thursday that he’s breaking from the United States, saying that he is strengthening ties with China and that America “lost.”

“I announce my separation from the United States," said Duterte in Beijing, where he’s meeting with business leaders and elected official. "I have separated from them. So I will be dependent on you for all time. But do not worry. We will also help as you help us."


200 women demand peace agreement on Israel's Lebanese border

Women Wage HeatMore than 200 women and several men took part in a rally on the Israeli side of the Israel-Lebanon border on Tuesday. The rally was organized by Women Wage Peace, a social movement working "to bring about a viable peace agreement," as their Facebook page states. The group has already organized peace rallies and marches throughout the country.

Tuesday's rally was located outside the now closed Good Fence, through which Lebanese Maronites would regularly pass into Israel for work and medical care until Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon in 2000. Israel absorbed some 15,000 Maronites, who were predicted to have been massacred by Hezbollah on charges of collaboration with Israel were they to have stayed in Lebanon.




Brazil impeachment leader arrested in corruption probe

Eduardo CunhaThe man who spearheaded the ouster of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been arrested as part of a sprawling probe into corruption at state-run oil giant Petrobras.

The office of Judge Sergio Moro confirms Wednesday's arrest of former Congressman Eduardo Cunha. He's accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes — accusations he denies.


Iran sentences two U.S. citizens to 10 years prison: official website

Iran sentences two Americans to ten yearsAn Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, the Iranian judiciary's official news website reported on Tuesday.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps detained Siamak Namazi, a businessman with dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship in his mid-40s, in October 2015, while he was visiting family in Tehran. The IRGC arrested his father, Baquer Namazi, 80, a former UNICEF official and also a dual citizen, in February.


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