Iraq announces start of offensive to retake Mosul


BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday announced the start of an offensive to retake Mosul, the capital of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in Iraq.

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Montenegrin election marred by arrest of Serbian group accused of plotting attack


PODGORICA (Reuters) – Montenegrins turned out in record numbers for an election on Sunday in which they were asked to choose between closer ties with NATO or with Russia, but the vote was overshadowed by the arrest of a group of Serbs accused of plotting attacks.

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The Taliban Erase Western Gains in Afghanistan


Susanne Koelbl, Der Spiegel
The Taliban has carried out repeated raids on Kunduz in northern Afghanistan despite ongoing Western presence in the country As the situation has deteriorated, locals have become caught between two fronts — and the future of the country is at stake.

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The Taliban Erase Western Gains in Afghanistan


Susanne Koelbl, Der Spiegel
The Taliban has carried out repeated raids on Kunduz in northern Afghanistan despite ongoing Western presence in the country As the situation has deteriorated, locals have become caught between two fronts — and the future of the country is at stake.

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Turkey’s Erdogan says Iraq cannot handle Mosul assault alone


ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Iraq could not deal alone with driving Islamic State from the city of Mosul and that the presence of Turkish forces in a nearby military camp was an insurance against attacks on Turkey.

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China to launch manned space mission Shenzhou 11 on Monday


BEIJING (Reuters) – China will launch a two-man space mission, Shenzhou 11, on Monday, the state-owned Xinhua news agency said, taking the country closer to its ambition of setting up a permanent manned space station by 2022.

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Looting near U.N. base in Haiti; Ban promises more aid


LES CAYES (Reuters) – Haitians desperate for relief from hunger and sickness in the wake of Hurricane Matthew looted United Nations trucks on Saturday during a short visit to a hard-hit port town by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who promised more aid.

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Syrian bombing suspect in Germany spoke to IS contact about attack plans: newspaper


BERLIN (Reuters) – A Syrian refugee arrested on suspicion of planning a major attack in Berlin spoke to a member of Islamic State in Syria by telephone about a possible target a day before German police discovered explosives in his apartment, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Syrian bombing suspect in Germany spoke to IS contact about attack plans: newspaper


BERLIN (Reuters) – A Syrian refugee arrested on suspicion of planning a major attack in Berlin spoke to a member of Islamic State in Syria by telephone about a possible target a day before German police discovered explosives in his apartment, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Hollande says Brexit should not jeopardize free movement in Europe


PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union should not jeopardize the bloc’s principle of free movement.

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