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US police: 3 killed, 2 wounded at Maryland office park shooting

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park on Wednesday morning, killing three co-workers and wounding two others, authorities and the business owner said. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler identified the shooter as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince. He said Prince opened fire with a handgun and then fled the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood. Police were looking for him, and he was considered armed and dangerous. The sheriff did not release a motive for the shooting. The owner of a home ...

SDF: Campaign against ISIS in eastern Syria to speed up

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A US-backed campaign against ISIS in eastern Syria will accelerate now the extremist group has been defeated in its former capital Raqqa, a spokesman for US-allied Syrian militias said on Wednesday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which announced the defeat at Raqqa on Tuesday, will redeploy fighters from the city to frontlines with ISIS in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, Talal Silo told Reuters by telephone. The SDF is fighting ISIS in Deir al-Zor in areas to the east of the Euphrates ...

Turkey says will not submit to ‘impositions’ from United States in visa crisis

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Turkey will not submit to “impositions” from the United States over an on-going visa crisis and will reject any conditions it cannot meet, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.A delegation from the United States is visiting Turkey in an attempt to repair diplomatic ties between the NATO allies after both countries stopped issuing visas to each other’s citizens this month.Washington first suspended visa services at its missions in Turkey, after Turkish authorities ...

US judge blocks latest version of Trump travel ban

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A US judge on Tuesday barred the White House from implementing yet another version of Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration, hours before it was to go into full effect.The decision by Hawaii federal judge Derrick Watson – which the White House signaled it would appeal – marks the latest blow to Trump’s long-running efforts to restrict entry of travelers from targeted countries into the United States.Watson said the third rendition of the travel ban ...

Rape allegation makes Muslim teen’s death a capital case in US

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

An already disturbing case about a 17-year-old Muslim girl killed as she walked to her mosque took another unsettling turn after an indictment alleged the victim was raped as well. The indictment on Monday includes capital murder and rape charges and will allow prosecutors to pursue a death-penalty case against Darwin Martinez-Torres, 22, of Sterling. He is accused in the slaying of Nabra Hassanen of Reston, whose death back in June rattled northern Virginia’s Muslim community. Prior to ...

Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist’s speech

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of a speech by a white nationalist leader later this week at the University of Florida, in order to free up resources to prepare for possible violence.Rallies by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August led to violent street clashes with counter-protesters. After the melee, as counter-protesters were dispersing, a 20-year-old man who is said by law enforcement to have harbored Nazi ...

The new bloc against Tehran

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Truth be told, the pace of developments has taken us by surprise. Ever since Washington announced its decision against Iran’s government, Britain and Germany shifted their stance from insisting to remain loyal to the commitments of the nuclear deal to announcing that they support Trump’s plan to confront Tehran’s regime in the Middle East.It seems quite clear as the problem is not related to an agreement over nuclear activity as much as it’s about the wars, which Iran is ...

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North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In Ryong told the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s - and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons ...

US-backed fighters seize infamous Raqqa roundabout from ISIS

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

US-backed Syrian fighters on Monday said they gained complete control of an infamous Raqqa roundabout used by ISIS extremists for public beheadings and crucifixions.The Syrian Democratic Forces said they had “totally liberated” the northern city’s Al-Naim roundabout, dubbed “Roundabout of Hell” by residents under ISIS’s three-year rule.The capture followed fighting since Sunday near the roundabout, east of the municipal stadium still held by the extremists, ...

US ‘not taking sides’ between Iraqi forces, Kurds: Trump

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Washington is “not taking sides” following clashes between Iraqi forces and the country’s Kurds, US President Donald Trump said Monday, as tensions escalate following the autonomous Kurdish region’s independence referendum. “We’re not taking sides, but we don’t like the fact that they’re clashing,” Trump told journalists. “We’ve had for many years a very good relationship with the Kurds.” “We’ve also been on the ...

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