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“History will absolve me.” – President Fidel Castro dies at age 90

“History will absolve me.” – President Fidel Castro dies at age 90

November 26, 2016

HAVANA (AP) — On an island where most citizens do not have the internet, do not have cell phones with roaming data access, the death of former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to victory in Cuba will be a shock. An even greater shock will be to learn that Castro will be cremated, per his wishes, on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Fidel Castro embraced Soviet-style communism and defied...

Civilians of Mosul are pushed in and out of their city as battle rages on for power

Civilians of Mosul are pushed in and out of their city as battle rages on for power

November 24, 2016

MOSUL, Iraq - It has been going on for about two weeks now. Iraqi forces, with their Kurdish allies, have slowly been moving into the city of Mosul that was taken over by IS in 2014. They’ve been moving into Mosul in all different directions. On Wednesday, October 31, many IS members were killed and the residents that were controlled, fled to safety. However, the last three days, the intensity of ...

Tragedy keeps striking civilians shutting down cities due to violent rampages

Tragedy keeps striking civilians shutting down cities due to violent rampages

October 26, 2016

  QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's city of Quetta shut down on Wednesday following a militant rampage at a police academy the day before as the victims' families buried 60 police cadets and an army officer killed in the attack — one of the deadliest targeting Pakistani security forces in recent years.  The brazen assault saw unarmed cadets and police trainees — many of whom were asleep i...

Updates from Mosul: Iraqi Kurds launch new advance NE of Mosul 

October 23, 2016

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KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces have launched a new push on Mosul as part of a massive Iraqi operation aimed at retaking the country's second largest city from the Islamic State group. The Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, said they launched a dawn offensive Sunday on two fronts to the northeast of Mosul, near the town of Bashiqa. Over the last week, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have been battling IS in a belt of mostly uninhabited towns and villages around Mosul, contending with roadside bombs, snipers and suicide truck bombs. The Mosul offensive involves more than 25,000 Iraqi ground forces as well as U...

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