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Baby Born With 3 Joysticks In Iraq
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Baby Born With 3 Joysticks In Iraq

It's quite amazing as for the first time in medical history, a baby boy has been born with three joysticks, a team of doctors have said. This online news platform understands that the doctors said the baby boy is the first-ever human to be born with such features. The baby born with 3 joysticks, a condition called triphallia, was reported to have been born three months ago in Duhok, Iraq.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ According to the doctors, the parents of the baby born with 3 joysticks discovered “two skin projections” at the base of his scrotum after which they took him to the hospital. The doctors were baffled when they discovered that ...
Pope Francis Arrives Baghdad, Iraq, In Historic Papal Visit To The Region
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Pope Francis Arrives Baghdad, Iraq, In Historic Papal Visit To The Region

Pope Francis landed in Iraq on Friday for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nation, where he is meeting with members of the country's dwindling Christian community, aiming to draw attention to their plight. The trip, which marks the first-ever papal visit to Iraq, also includes meetings with the country's top political and religious officials. It is the pontiff's first trip outside of Italy since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. "I am happy to start trips again and this is a symbolic trip. It's a duty," the Pope told journalists traveling with him on the papal plane. "It has been a martyred land for too long." On Friday, the pontiff held meetings with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President Barham Salih. Rows of traditional dancers, none of whom wore masks, greet...
Iran’s Khamenei Says US Will Be Expelled From Iraq, Syria
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Iran’s Khamenei Says US Will Be Expelled From Iraq, Syria

Iran’s supreme leader said Sunday that the United States will be expelled from Iraq and Syria and alleged that even Washington’s allies “abhor” it now. The US “will not be staying either in Iraq or Syria and must withdraw and will certainly be expelled”, said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to his official website. Both the US and Iran have weighed into Syria’s conflict — Tehran backing the Damascus regime, while Washington supported the Kurds against the Islamic State group — and both have been major geopolitical players in Iraq since the toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. “Even the leaders of some of America’s allies… abhor American statesmen and government, do not trust them and are indifferent towards them,” Khamenei added during a video conference meeting with...
Iraq Suspends Reuters For Three Months Over Report On Coronavirus Cases
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Iraq Suspends Reuters For Three Months Over Report On Coronavirus Cases

The Iraqi government has suspended the licence of the Reuters news agency after it published a story claiming the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was higher than number officially reported. The Iraqi media regulator said it was revoking Reuters’ licence for three months and handing them a fine of 25 million dinars (S$29,738) for what it said was the agency’s violation of the rules of media broadcasting. In a letter to Reuters, the Communications and Media Commission (CMC) said it had taken the action “because this matter is taking place during current circumstances which have serious repercussions on societal health and safety”. In a statement by the news agency, the management said it regretted the Iraqi authorities’ decision and that it stood by the story, ...
Breaking News: Saudi Arabia Condemns Iran’s Retaliatory Strikes Against US
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Breaking News: Saudi Arabia Condemns Iran’s Retaliatory Strikes Against US

  Saudi Arabia denounced Thursday “Iranian violations of Iraqi sovereignty” after Iran fired missiles at Iraq bases there where US troops are deployed in retaliation for the killing of a top commander. “The kingdom denounces and condemns the Iranian violations of Iraqi sovereignty,” said a statement carried by the official SPA news agency following Wednesday’s retaliatory strikes by Riyadh’s arch-foe Iran. Details later…
Full Text Of Trump’s Speech On Iran And Reaction On Social Media
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Full Text Of Trump’s Speech On Iran And Reaction On Social Media

Good morning. I'm pleased to inform you: The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases. Our great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world. No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces, and an early warning system that worked very well. I salute the incredible skill and courage of America’s men and women in uniform. For far too long -- all the way back to 1979, to be exact -- nations have tolerated Iran’s destruc...
See How Different Countries Responded To Iran’s Missiles Attack On U.S
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See How Different Countries Responded To Iran’s Missiles Attack On U.S

Government of different countries have reacted to the early morning Missiles strike at U.S. bases in Iraq by Iran. These were contained in Tweets and official statements by heads of Government and foreign affairs departments. Japan Japanese Chief Cabinet Spokesman Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday that his “government will coordinate with the related governments to collect intelligence while we ensure the safety of Japanese citizens in the region. “Japan will also urge all related nations to do their utmost diplomatic effort to improve the relations,” he added. Philippines The Philippines government has orders its citizens working in Iraq to evacuate immediately. A tweet by Philippine’s Foreign Department says “In view of the escalating events in Iraq, the DFA has raised the ale...
Iran ‘Standing Down’ After Missile Strikes – Trump
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Iran ‘Standing Down’ After Missile Strikes – Trump

US President Donald Trump says Iran "appears to be standing down" after it targeted air bases housing US forces in Iraq. Mr Trump said there were no US or Iraqi casualties in the attacks, and the bases suffered only minimal damage. The attacks on the Irbil and Al Asad bases came early on Wednesday morning local time. Iran said they were a retaliation for the assassination of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week. The killing in a US drone attack was a major escalation in already deteriorating relations between Iran and the US. Mr Trump said the US would immediately impose additional financial and economic sanctions on Iran, which would remain until it "changed its behaviour". The US president has previously threatened military action against Iran if it targeted US...
Iraq’s President, Barhem Saleh Denounces Iran Missile Strikes
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Iraq’s President, Barhem Saleh Denounces Iran Missile Strikes

Iraq’s President Barham Saleh on Wednesday January 8, denounced Iranian missile strikes which targeted air bases occupied by US and other foreign troops in the country. Saleh who expressed fear of “dangerous developments” in the region, rejected the repeated violation of its sovereignty and the transformation of Iraq into a battlefield for warring sides. A statement released by his office read; “We denounce the Iranian missile bombing that hit military installations on Iraqi territory and renew our rejection of the repeated violation of state sovereignty and the transformation of Iraq into a battlefield for warring sides." Recall LIB reported that the United States Government confirmed that there was no American casualty in the missile airstrike launched in Tehran, Iran's capit...
Russia Offers Iraq S-400 Air Defense System To Protect Airspace
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Russia Offers Iraq S-400 Air Defense System To Protect Airspace

Russia has offered Iraq their S-400 air defense system to protect their airspace, RIA Novosti reported this week, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense. According to the report, the Iraqi military may purchase the Russian S-400 system after it was offered to them to “ensure the country’s sovereignty and reliable protection of airspace.” “Iraq is a partner of Russia in the field of military-technical cooperation, and the Russian Federation can supply the necessary funds to ensure the sovereignty of the country and reliable protection of airspace, including the supply of S-400 missiles and other components of the air defense system, such as Buk-M3, Tor -M2 “and so on,” a member of the Public Council for the Russian Ministry of Defense said, as quoted by Avia.Pro. Experts report...
Air France suspends flight over Iran, Iraq
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Air France suspends flight over Iran, Iraq

France’s airline Air France said on Wednesday it has suspended flights over Iraq and Iran airspace after Iranian missile strikes hit United States bases in Iraq. “Flight plans are adjusted in real-time according to the decisions of the French and regional authorities, throughout the world, in order to ensure the highest level of flight safety”, Air France said in a statement. Iran’s action early on Wednesday was suspected to be retaliation for the US drone strike that killed its top military commander, Qasem Soleimani, in Baghdad. The development has further heightened fears of a fresh crisis in the Middle East. At least two airbases housing US troops in Iraq were hit by more than a dozen ballistic missiles ostensibly fired by Iranian forces. The US Department of Defence said two sit...
Trump, Pelosi React As Iran Attack US Troops In Iraq
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Trump, Pelosi React As Iran Attack US Troops In Iraq

President of the United States, Donald Trump has reacted to the attack on a military base housing some US troops in Iraq. MCI had reported that the Iran military Tuesday night fired dozens of missiles at the troops in Iraq, with alleged few causalities. Reacting, President Trump said the level of casualties were being assessed, describing the US military as being the best in the world today. “All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! “We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning”, Mr Trump tweeted. On her part, speaker of the US House of Representatives, Ms Nancy Pelosi said sh...
Oil Prices Soar After Iran Attacks Airbases Housing US Troops In Iraq – CNN
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Oil Prices Soar After Iran Attacks Airbases Housing US Troops In Iraq – CNN

Oil prices climbed sharply Tuesday after the Pentagon said Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US bases in Iraq. The apparent retaliation for last week's US drone stroke against a senior Iranian commander amplifies concern about a spiraling tit-for-tat conflict between the United States and Iran. US crude jumped more than 4% to over $65 a barrel Tuesday evening after US officials said Iran launched more than a dozen missiles that targeted at least two bases hosting American military personnel. Crude, which settled at $62.70 a barrel during regular trading Tuesday, climbed as high as $65.48 a barrel. Significantly, the attack was claimed by Iran itself, not one of the nation's various proxy groups in the region. And the Pentagon said that Iran used ballis...
US Airbase In Iraq Hit By Rockets
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US Airbase In Iraq Hit By Rockets

An airbase housing US and coalition troops in Iraq has been hit by rockets, according to US security sources. The Al-Asad base was reportedly hit by multiple rockets. It is unclear if there have been any casualties. It come after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad on Friday, on the orders of US President Donald Trump. Iran has threatened "severe revenge" for Soleimani's death. Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps takes credit for the for the rocket attack.
US Defense Secretary, Mark Esper Says U.S. Troops Are Not Withdrawing From Iraq
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US Defense Secretary, Mark Esper Says U.S. Troops Are Not Withdrawing From Iraq

Reports Monday that the U.S. planned to withdraw forces from Iraq were turned on their heads hours later when U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters there were no plans to pull up stakes. 'There's been no decision whatsoever to leave Iraq, period' Esper said, adding that he and his staff were 'trying to figure out' the meaning of a letter signed by a brigadier general, which suggested the opposite. 'There are no plans to leave,' he emphasized, suggesting discussion of a massive troop movement may just be a signal that forces are being repositioned inside Iraq's borders. The U.S. military appeared to inform its counterparts in Baghdad on Monday that it was preparing for 'movement out of Iraq,' a day after the Iraqi parliament urged the government in a non-...
US Strikes Again As New Air Raid In Iraq Kills 6 Medics
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US Strikes Again As New Air Raid In Iraq Kills 6 Medics

Iraq’s state television said the attack took place along Taji Road north of the capital Baghdad. A new US airstrike targeting a commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary forces has instead killed at least six people early on Saturday, according to Al Jazeera. This happened a day after an airstrike attack ordered by US President Donald Trump killed top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani. Al Jazeera reports that Iraq’s state television said the attack took place along Taji Road north of the capital Baghdad. Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), denied that a senior commander was in the convoy. Al Jazeera reports that at least six people, including medics, were killed in the latest raid while three other people were critically wounded. ...
“World War 3” trends globally after President Trump ordered an air strike that killed commander of Iran’s Quds Force
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“World War 3” trends globally after President Trump ordered an air strike that killed commander of Iran’s Quds Force

Earlier today, the Pentagon confirmed that commander of Iran's Quds Force has been killed in a United States air strike ordered by President Donald Trump. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force unit, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), were among those killed in the attack at Baghdad International Airport. With Iran expected to respond to the attack on its sovereignty by US, social media is already awash with reactions and talks of possible 'World War 3' if the situation is not properly managed.
We Will Unhesitatingly Confront & Strike You – Iran’s Supreme Leader Responds To Trump’s War Threats
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We Will Unhesitatingly Confront & Strike You – Iran’s Supreme Leader Responds To Trump’s War Threats

Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has responded to US President Donald Trump's Tuesday threats to attack Iran if there are any damages to US lives and properties after protesters stormed the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, destroying parts of the building and setting fire on parts of the walls.     Dozens of Iraqi protesters stormed the US embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq on Tuesday and smashed the main door, setting fire to the reception area after US Military launched attacks on Iran backed Kataib Hezbollah, killing 25 suspected terrorists as retaliation for last week's killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base . The protests continued till Wednesday but later reduced after Iraqi military and US Marines boosted sec...
Trump Vows To Destroy Turkish Economy If ISIS Returns
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Trump Vows To Destroy Turkish Economy If ISIS Returns

The United States President, Donald Trump has vowed to crush Turkish economy if they allow ISIS terrorists to regroup and retake liberated cities in Syria and Iraq and other Middle Eastern cities where they once held sway. He also reminded Turkey that he had done it before, apparently referring to the period Turkish currency was taking a daily nosedive after it arrested American missionary Andrew Brunson which it accused of been a part of failed coup attempt of 2014. (Andrew was arrested in 2016.) Washington responded by lashing Ankara with sanctions which nearly crumbled its currency lira. After much pressure, a court finally freed Andrew in August 2018.
Man Kills Fiancée For Mocking His Small Joystick In Austria
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Man Kills Fiancée For Mocking His Small Joystick In Austria

A man has killed his fiancé in Austria after she mocked him for having a small joystick. According to Mirror UK, the man named Daban K. from Iraq, killed the woman after she had sheltered him from the Austrian authorities for several years. The woman hid Daban in her flat when he ignored a deportation order to be sent back to Iraq from Austria. After he was arrested for murder, the 40-year-old blamed the attack, which saw him stab his partner at least four times in the neck, on her for mocking his masculinity and being unfaithful. Daban K., whose full name has not been released due to Austrian privacy laws, said in a conversation with court psychiatrist, Sigrun Rossmanith, that: “She was a very good woman to me, but she repeatedly insulted me. “She cheated on me three ti...
Conflict claims over 100,000 babies in Nigeria, other countries annually – Report
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Conflict claims over 100,000 babies in Nigeria, other countries annually – Report

At least 550,000 babies reportedly died as a result of armed conflict between 2013 and 2017 in the 10 worst-affected countries, according to a new report by an international nongovernmental organisation, Save the Children. The organisation said this is an average of over 100,000 every year. The countries include: Afghanistan, Yemen, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria and Somalia. Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, in a statement in Abuja, said these were the countries where children were hardest hit by conflict in 2017. Thorning-Schmidt said the infants succumbed to indirect effects of conflict and war such as hunger, damaged infrastructure and hospitals, a lack...
Iraq Officially Declares Christmas Day A National Holiday
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Iraq Officially Declares Christmas Day A National Holiday

The Iraqi government has official announced that henceforth, December 25th, Christmas Day, will be a national holiday to celebrate “the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ”. On Twitter, the government of the middle eastern nation said: The @IraqiGovt announces Christmas Day to be an official holiday across Iraq. Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world. According to a report from CNN, Iraq had about 1.4m Christians but the number has reduced to roughly 300,000 after hundreds of thousands fled the country following violence and attacks by various armed groups over the years.
No Messi, No Problem As Argentina Beat Iraq 4-0
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No Messi, No Problem As Argentina Beat Iraq 4-0

Argentina shrugged off the absence of Lionel Messi as a second-string team eased past Iraq 4-0 in an international friendly in Riyadh on Thursday. Interim coach Lionel Scaloni used the match to blood a host of new talent with goalkeeper Sergio Romero, defender Ramiro Funes Mori and striker Paulo Dybala the only experienced players in the line-up. Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a near-post header from a left wing cross by Marcos Acuna. Roberto Pereyra grabbed the second in the 53rd minute when the Watford player finished off a smart one-two with Dybala. Fiorentina defender German Pezzella headed the third goal from a corner past over-worked Iraq goalkeeper Jalal Hassan with Franco Cervi breaking through the defence for the fourth goal ...
Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Christian Doctor Who Heals Rape Victims
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Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Christian Doctor Who Heals Rape Victims

Image: Victor Boyko / Getty Images AChristian gynecologist who has dedicated his career to caring for victims of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been awarded a 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Denis Mukwege, nicknamed “Dr. Miracle” for his specialized procedures, was a co-recipient for the annual honor alongside Nadia Murad, a Yazidi activist who survived rape and kidnapping by ISIS in Iraq. The Nobel committee said both winners modeled “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.” Over the past 20 years, Mukwege has treated tens of thousands of women in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, many of who had been gang raped by militants in the midst of the country’s conflict, left scarred and stigmatized. His faith influences his approach to caring for patients h...
Iran Supplies Ballistic Missiles To Shiite
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Iran Supplies Ballistic Missiles To Shiite

Iran has given ballistic missiles to Shi’ite proxies in Iraq and is developing the capacity to build more there to deter attacks on its interests in the Middle East and to give it the means to hit regional foes, Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources said.  According to three Iranian officials, two Iraqi intelligence sources and two Western intelligence sources, Iran has transferred short-range ballistic missiles to allies in Iraq over the last few months. Five of the officials said it was helping those groups to start making their own. “The logic was to have a backup plan if Iran was attacked,” one senior Iranian official told Reuters. “The number of missiles is not high, just a couple of dozen, but it can be increased if necessary.” Iran has previously said its ballistic missi...
One Killed, Two Injured In Knife Attack In France
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One Killed, Two Injured In Knife Attack In France

Man Attack Residents With Knife In France One person has been killed and two injured by a man armed with a knife this morning in a town about 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Paris, a police source has said. The man who tried to hide in a building was caught by police in Trappes, the source said without specifying if he had been killed. It is unknown whether the attack was terror-related. Trappes has a population of around 30,000 and is part of the far suburbs of the greater Paris area. Only a short drive from the wealthy area of Versailles, home to the world-famous Versailles Palace, the town is known for problems linked to poverty, gangs and hardline interpretations of Islam. It has a large Muslim population and about 50 locals are suspected of having left France to ...
Top Countries For $20,000 Prize Lagos Squash Classics
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Top Countries For $20,000 Prize Lagos Squash Classics

France, Egypt and 13 others are among the top squash playing nations that will feature in this year’s Lagos International Squash Classics, as they beat registration deadline for the championship holding at the Molade-Okoya Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun between March 19 and 24. Egypt leads the number of players registered for the $20,000 prize tournament, that returns to the Professional Squash Association (PSA) listing, following the impressive staging of the last two editions by the state. Other countries listed for the six-day championship, include England, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Ireland, Iraq, South Africa, Belgium, United States, Pakistan, India and Czech Republic. The tournament, a world ranking competition, will give the players the opportunity to accumulate points ...
Nigeria Is The Most Corrupt Country In Africa – Islamic Scholar
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Nigeria Is The Most Corrupt Country In Africa – Islamic Scholar

Popular Australian islamic scholar, Imam Tawhidi, has described Nigeria as the most corrupt country in Africa. In a series of tweets, he spoke about Boko Haram terrorists and how they were allegedly allowed to operate in their early days. We have ignored Nigeria in the discussion about terrorism. Nigeria is the most corrupt country in Africa. It is home to a terrorist government that harbours terrorists just like the government of Pakistan. Boko Haram were given the green light in their early stages. We Remember. Now all of a sudden Nigeria wants to lead the war against terror. Indeed, “my enemy is also my sword, I shall use him to kill with and then break the sword”. Mohammad Tawhidi is an Iran-born, Australia-based public figure of Iraqi origin. . Imam Tawhidi holds several licence...
UNICEF Launches $3.6bn Emergency Appeal Fund For Nigeria, Others
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UNICEF Launches $3.6bn Emergency Appeal Fund For Nigeria, Others

UNICEF has launched a 3.6 billion dollars emergency appeal for 48 million children in Nigeria and 50 other countries. In Nigeria’s Northeast, UNICEF and partners planned 149 million dollars for 215,300 children aged six to 59 months affected by severe acute malnutrition admitted for treatment. The humanitarian plan would also provide 1.05 million people with access to and sustained supply of safe water as per agreed standards. It would have 6,212,000 consultations provided for internally displaced persons and affected host communities of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. According to UNICEF’s plan, a total 7.7 million people are in need in the affected areas with a total of 4.3 million children under 18 years in need in the three states. However, the total people to be reached in 201...
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Nigerians Are Unwittingly Pushing Towards Another Civil War – Gov. Aregbesola

The governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola has revealed that Nigeria might not be lucky to come out if it falls into another round of civil war. Aregbesola through his media aide, Sola Fasure in Osogbo on Monday, at the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration, warned that Nigerians perpetuating hate speeches, wickedness and massive killings in the country were unknowingly pushing the nation towards another civil war. Aregbesola said: “Through carelessness, thoughtlessness, selfishness, wickedness and hate mongering, the country may unwittingly be pushing itself towards another war. War is a very bad business. It is costly, deadly and ruinous, even for a supposedly winner. “It is worse for the loser. Indeed, all are losers in a war. The resources, human and material, use...
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Baghdad Suicide Bombing Kills At Least Three

A suicide bomb attack near a security checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killed at least three people on Saturday, a police officer said. The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, gave an “initial toll of three people killed and 11 wounded” in the attack. The Baghdad military command said the suicide bomber targeted a checkpoint near Aden Square in northern Baghdad. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but most such attacks in Iraq are the work of the Islamic State jihadist group. In December, the government announced the “end of the war” against IS, which has been expelled from the Baghdad region and urban areas of Iraq that it controlled. Jihadist elements are still active, however, north of Baghdad.  
Coalition Confirms Liberation Of 7.7m People From ISIS
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Coalition Confirms Liberation Of 7.7m People From ISIS

No fewer than 7.7 million people have been liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS’) terrorist organisation, the Coalition of Countries working to Defeat ISIS has said. Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, said the coalition would work to prevent ISIS regrouping anywhere in the world with its pervasive ideology. “More than 4.5 million people were liberated from ISIS oppression in 2017. This represents a remarkable achievement by our partners leading to the liberation of a grand total of 7.7 million people over the three years of Operation Inherent Resolve.” He said the coalition began in 2017 with 67 member organisations and concluded the year with 74, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN. Accor...
See Pope Francis’ N76 Million Lamborghini Sports Given To Him As A Gift, But He Won’t Be Driving It
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See Pope Francis’ N76 Million Lamborghini Sports Given To Him As A Gift, But He Won’t Be Driving It

A Lamborghini sports car worth a whopping N76 million has been given to the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis as a gift. Pope Francis on Wednesday got a Lamborghini sports car as a gift. The white-painted, special edition Lamborghini Huracan, which sells for around 180,000 euros (N76 million), perfectly matched the pope’s white cassock as he blessed it outside the Casa Santa Marta, the guesthouse within the Vatican where he lives. Sadly, will not be seen cruising around in the car as he has pledged to auction with the proceeds to go to three of the pontiff’s favoured charities. They include a fund to rebuild homes and churches for Christians chased out of Iraq by Islamic State terrorists. The rebuilding efforts will be focused on the Nineveh Plains, north-east of Mosul, where Ch...
ISIS Territory Reduced By 87 Percent In 2 Years – US
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ISIS Territory Reduced By 87 Percent In 2 Years – US

The US says the territory held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has reduced by 87 per cent in the last two years. US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joe Dunford, Chairman, told the Chiefs of Defence from 73 coalition nations working to defeat ISIS to discuss the ongoing conflict against violent extremism worldwide. The general also stressed the importance of global, regional and, especially, local partners in the fight. “No one nation, no one region or group of nations can deal with this challenge themselves,” the chairman said adding “a collective approach is necessary and it works”. In the past two years, the coalition has put simultaneous pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The transnational networks that supported the terror group also suffered. “We’ve reduced ISIS ...
Saudi’s Flynas Makes First Commercial Flight To Baghdad After 27 Years
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Saudi’s Flynas Makes First Commercial Flight To Baghdad After 27 Years

Saudi budget carrier flynas on Wednesday made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990, as ties with neighbouring Iraq show signs of improvement. “Our first flight took off today from Riyadh to Baghdad,” the company wrote on Twitter, posting pictures of the cabin crew and passengers. Tickets for the maiden flight were advertised for as low as $7 (six euros) excluding taxes as flynas CEO Bandar al-Muhanna said the move to reopen the route would help “link the two sisterly countries”. Flights between Iraq and Saudi Arabia were suspended some 27 years ago in August 1990 after former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein ordered his troops into neighbouring Kuwait. After years of tense relations, ties between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite-majority Iraq have begu...
New Group In Dallas Group Holds Protest For Peace In Korea
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New Group In Dallas Group Holds Protest For Peace In Korea

Dallas, TX – About 20 protesters gathered at the Grassy Knoll near downtown Dallas. Oct. 14, holding signs and chanting to demand peace with Korea. The action was organized by the Dallas Community Action Committee (DCAC), a new organization in the city. It was also endorsed by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center, North Texas Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, and the North Texas Light Brigade. Several socialist groups also attended. Protesters held signs reading "Peace in Korea" and "Two world wars were plenty." At one point the group broke out into chants of "We want peace. How about you? North Koreans are people, too." Several speakers addressed those assembled. Dan Sullivan, speaking on behalf of DCAC, said that in the group's view the threats of war in Korea were against the interests of...
Qatar Condemns Deadly Attack On Saudi Palace In Jeddah
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Qatar Condemns Deadly Attack On Saudi Palace In Jeddah

Qatar has condemned an attack on a palace guard post in the western Saudi city of Jeddah, which left two security officers dead. Saudi officials said an attacker drove up to the gates of the palace on Saturday before opening fire with a Kalashnikov assault rife, injuring three others before being shot dead by royal guards. In a statement on Sunday, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it “strongly condemned and denounced the attack” and sent condolences to the families of those who had died. “The Foreign Ministry reiterated Qatar’s firm position rejecting violence and terrorism regardless of their motives or reason,” the statement read. The attacker was named by the Saudi Interior Ministry as 28-year-old Saudi national, Mansour al-Amri. The palace, where the royal fam...
Islamic State Driven Out Of Last Stronghold In Northern Iraq
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Islamic State Driven Out Of Last Stronghold In Northern Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces announced on Thursday they had captured Islamic State's last stronghold in northern Iraq, leaving the militant group holed up near the Syrian border as its self-proclaimed "caliphate" shrinks further. The town of Hawija and the surrounding areas fell in an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops and Iranian-trained and armed Shi'ite paramilitary groups known as Popular Mobilisation. Some fighting took place to the north and east of the town where the militants were surrounded. With the fall of Hawija, which lies near the Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk, the only area that remains under control of Islamic State in Iraq is a stretch alongside the western border with Syria, where the militant group is also in retreat. The capture of Hawija was a b...
Lagos Third Most Stressful City In The World – Study
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Lagos Third Most Stressful City In The World – Study

A new study has said Lagos, Nigeria is one of the most stressful cities in the world. 500 locations were taken into cognizance in the study conducted by UK-based drycleaning and laundry service Zipjet. Lagos was ranked third in a research that revealed the world’s most and least stressful cities of 2017. Baghdad was ranked the most stressful city overall, followed by Kabul in the second place. Cairo and Dakar were two other African cities on the most stressful cities list, while there was no African representation on the least stressful cities list. In assigning the ranking, some of the factors considered were traffic levels, infrastructure, pollution levels, finance, citizens’ wellbeing, public transport, percentage of green spaces, financial status of citizens including de...
Jordan Repeals Law Forcing Rape Victims To Marry Their Rapists
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Jordan Repeals Law Forcing Rape Victims To Marry Their Rapists

Jordan’s Lower House of Parliament repealed a law on Tuesday that allowed rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims. A royal committee had suggested abolishing the controversial Article 308 in February, among its suggestions to amend the country’s 1960 penal code. Earlier on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch called on lawmakers to remove the article “to strengthen the rule of law and end impunity for violence against women.’’ In July, Tunisian parliament scrapped a similar provision in its penal code while Morocco and Egypt have also removed similar laws. According to HRW, other countries in the region that retain similar provisions include Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Palestine, and Syria. (dpa/NAN)
What Will Happen To Raqqa After ISIL
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What Will Happen To Raqqa After ISIL

Outside Atma camp in Syria's northern Idlib province, Abu Mokhles has been sleeping on the street for two days. It is the second time in two months that he and his family have had no shelter. His ordeal began in Raqqa province in late May, when the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advanced on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in the town of al-Mansoura. As aerial bombardment of the area intensified, he and his family fled from their home on the outskirts of town. They spent the first days of the holy month of Ramadan hungry and terrified, sleeping out in the open in a nearby grove. Eventually they fled to Ain Issa camp, 50km north of Raqqa city, in SDF-controlled territory. But the deplorable conditions in the camp - which Abu Mokhles desc...
UK Court Blocks Iraqi General’s Bid To Prosecute Blair
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UK Court Blocks Iraqi General’s Bid To Prosecute Blair

Britain's High Court has blocked a bid by an Iraqi ex-general to prosecute former Prime Minister Tony Blair for invading Iraq in 2003. General Abdulwaheed Shannan Al Rabbat's case centred on the concept that a "crime of aggression" would be recognised under English law. But the High Court said that while the concept exists under international law, it does not exist in domestic law right now. "Having formed the view that there is no prospect of the Supreme Court overturning the decision [by the lower court], it is our duty to refuse permission to bring the proceedings for judicial review," it said. The former army general's lawyers said in a statement on Monday that the judgement "sets a dangerous precedent in times of global insecurity" and called on parliament to enact a law maki...
Seth Moulton Thinks Democrats Need ‘New Generation’ Of Leadership
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Seth Moulton Thinks Democrats Need ‘New Generation’ Of Leadership

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a decorated Marine Corps veteran, has quickly made a name for himself as an outspoken critic of President Trump. In a wide-ranging conversation with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Moulton spoke about his decision to run for office, his views on President Trump and the future of the Democratic Party. Before making his run for the House of Representatives, Moulton served four tours in Iraq, which would earn him both the Bronze Star and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Valor. Moulton served despite his opposition to the war in Iraq. While serving there, though, that was not his focus. He told Couric, “Every single day you go over there because you can make a difference in the lives of other people and the lives of Iraqis, and the lives of y...
Life After ISIL: Mosul Musicians Emerge From The Shadows
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Life After ISIL: Mosul Musicians Emerge From The Shadows

Erbil, Iraq - Iraqi forces continue to root out the last remaining pockets of ISIL fighters in Mosul. But rebuilding the city and allowing people to return to their old lives is now the main priority. Musicians who lived under ISIL rule had to keep their profession a secret or face severe punishment. Many hid or destroyed their instruments and did not play for the three years that ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, controlled the city. But now they have begun to perform again.
Crude: Nigeria’s July Surplus Gets Smaller
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Crude: Nigeria’s July Surplus Gets Smaller

A surplus of Nigerian car-go for July loading is getting smaller after a drop in differentials boosted demand, traders said on Tuesday. According to Reuters, there were six to seven cargo of Nigerian crude for July loading, down from Monday’s estimate of 10-15. The agency indicated that the number of August shipments remain steady at more than 40. “Qua Iboe, the largest export stream was valued at dated Brent plus 35 cents, the lowest since December 2015. Sellers are targeting higher numbers and August cargo are being offered at dated Brent plus 90 cents. “Angolan crude has been selling more quickly after Chinese buying re-emerged. About six August-loading cargoes are still for sale – including shipments of Dalia, Mondo, Pazflor and Hungo. Differentials for some grades have ris...
UN Urges Europe To Help Italy With Refugee ‘Tragedy’
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UN Urges Europe To Help Italy With Refugee ‘Tragedy’

The UN refugee agency is putting pressure on Europe to help Italy defuse the "unfolding tragedy" of tens of thousands of migrants and refugees flooding its shores. The move comes as interior ministers of France, Germany and Italy prepare to meet in Paris on Sunday to discuss a "coordinated approach" to help Rome. Italy needs more international support to cope with a growing number of people who have braved a perilous Mediterranean crossing to reach Europe this year, Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees, said on Saturday in a statement. "What is happening in front of our eyes in Italy is an unfolding tragedy. "In the course of last weekend, 12,600 migrants and refugees arrived on its shores, and an estimated 2,030 have lost their lives in the Mediterranean since...
Iraq Warns Mosul Civilians, Tells IS ‘Surrender Or Die’
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Iraq Warns Mosul Civilians, Tells IS ‘Surrender Or Die’

Iraqi authorities have dropped leaflets over Mosul warning civilians to stay inside and are telling jihadists to “surrender or die” after launching an assault to retake the Old City. Iraqi forces launched an assault on Sunday to recapture the Old City, the last district of Mosul still held by the Islamic State group after a months-long offensive. Commanders say the jihadists are putting up fierce resistance and there are concerns for the more than 100,000 civilians believed to remain inside the Old City. Late on Sunday, Iraqi forces dropped nearly 500,000 leaflets over the city, warning that they “have started attacking from all directions”. The leaflets calls on civilians to “stay away from open spaces and… to exploit any opportunity that arises during the fighting” to escape....
Record 65.6 Million People Displaced Worldwide – UN
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Record 65.6 Million People Displaced Worldwide – UN

Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016, the UN said Monday. That number marks a jump of just 300,000 from the end of 2015, but is more than six million higher than at the end of 2014, according to a fresh report published by the UN refugee agency. This is “the highest figure since we started recording these figures,” UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi told reporters ahead of the report launch. “By any measure, this is an unacceptable number, and it speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common purpose in preventing and resolving crises,” he said. The figures released ahead of World Refugee Day showed that a full 10.3 million of the world’s dis...
Kagawa To Miss Japan’s World Cup Qualifier With Shoulder Injury
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Kagawa To Miss Japan’s World Cup Qualifier With Shoulder Injury

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa will miss Japan’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq because of a dislocated left shoulder, the Japan Football Association announced on Thursday. Kagawa injured his left shoulder 10 minutes into Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Syria at Tokyo Stadium. He was carried off the field and replaced by Shu Kurata. “Right now I want the injury to heal as quickly as possible,” Kagawa said in a statement released by the JFA. “I hope the players will fight for victory.” Japan travel to Tehran to take on Iraq in a Group B qualifier on Tuesday. All of Iraq’s home qualifiers are being played in neutral countries. With three games left in the final round of Asian qualifying, Japan are on top of their group on goal difference over Saudi Arabia but have a game ...
IS Kills 163 People In Mosul In One Day – UN
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IS Kills 163 People In Mosul In One Day – UN

ISIL fighters killed more than 160 people in one day last week to prevent them from fleeing western Mosul, according to the United Nations. The agency on Tuesday accused the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group of carrying out the attack in the group’s last stronghold, where a coalition of troops are working to flush out the fighters. “The brutality of [ISIL] and other terrorist groups seemingly knows no bounds,” said Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN’s human rights chief. “Yesterday, my staff reported to me that bodies of murdered Iraqi men, women and children still lay on the streets of the al-Shira neighbourhood of western Mosul, after at least 163 people were shot and killed by Daesh to prevent them from fleeing.” Hussein made the comments in hi...

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