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U.S. consulate in Turkey targeted as wave of attacks kills nine

US Consulate in Turkey attackedTwo women shot at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul on Monday and at least eight people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on Islamic State, Kurdish and far-left militants.

The NATO member has been in a heightened state of alert since starting its "synchronized war on terror" last month, including air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq. It has also rounded up hundreds of suspected militants at home.


Israeli police raid settler outposts, hold 9, in Jewish terror crackdown

Adei adPolice and agents of the Shin Beit security service raided several homes in settlement outposts in the West Bank early Sunday morning and detained at least nine people, police said.

One of the outposts targeted was Adei Ad, part of the Shiloh bloc of settlements. The outpost lies several kilometers from the Palestinian village of Duma, the scene of a firebombing on July 31 that killed a Palestinian infant and his father. The attack is believed to have been carried out by Jewish extremists.


Obama says Israeli interference in US affairs over Iran deal unprecedented

barack ObamaUS President Barack Obama said Israeli interference in internal US affairs ahead of a Congressional vote on the Iranian nuclear deal was unprecedented.

In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, an excerpt of which was published Saturday ahead of the full interview Sunday, Obama was asked if he thought it was “appropriate of a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American affair.”


Japan remembers Nagasaki atomic bomb, 70 years on

Nagasaki memorialhe Japanese city of Nagasaki is marking 70 years since the dropping of an atomic bomb by the United States.

A ceremony there observed a minute's silence, followed by speeches by the Nagasaki mayor and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  A cathedral that was destroyed by the bomb but later rebuilt celebrated a remembrance Mass.

At least 70,000 people died in the attack, which came three days after another bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.


Deadly typhoon Soudelor slams into Taiwan

Typhoon in TaiwanTyphoon Soudelor has battered Taiwan with fierce winds and rain, leaving six people dead and a trail of devastation as continues its path towards mainland China.

After making landfall on the east coast in the early hours of Saturday morning, it swept across central Taiwan ripping up trees, snapping wind turbines and triggering a landslide in one remote village in the northern region of Taoyuan.


Father of toddler killed in West Bank arson has died

Father of dead palestinian toddler dies of arson woundsThe father of a Palestinian toddler killed in a firebomb attack blamed on Jewish extremists has died of wounds sustained in the same incident, his family said Saturday.

In the pre-dawn attack on July 31, assailants hurled firebombs into a bedroom of the Dawabsheh family's home in the West Bank village of Duma. Ali Dawabsheh, 18 months, perished in the flames, while his 4-year-old brother and parents were seriously hurt.


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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