Thursday, October 1, 2015

Iraqi prime minister says he would ‘welcome’ Russian airstrikes - The Washington Post: "If my house is burning, I take all the help I can get."

A leopard walks through a field after getting a pot stuck on its head in the Indian village of Sardul Kheda in the Rajasthan district of Rajsamand. A cat spent between four to five hours with the pot on head was freed after being tranquilised by the forestry department.
A brown bear hunts for fish in a river in Alaska's Lake Clark National Park

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"If my house is burning, I take all the help I can get."

Map of Syrian conflict

Russia's intervention lifts Syria crisis to new level

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Russian intervention lifts Syria crisis to new level

Israel's Netanyahu Slams Iran Nuclear Deal in U.N. Speech

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday that the Iranian nuclear deal increased Tehran’s threat to his country.

Israel 'prepared to resume peace talks'

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the United Nations he is prepared to "immediately" resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

Kerry: US prepared to welcome Russia actions in Syria if directed at Islamic State, al-Qaeda 

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Kerry: US prepared to welcome Russia actions in Syria if directed at Islamic State, al-Qaeda.









US would welcome Russian actions in Syria if directed at IS

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is prepared to welcome Russian military action in Syria as long as it is directed against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida affiliates.









Kerry warns of “grave concerns” about Russia’s intent with air strikes in Syria 

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The U.S. Secretary of State vowed that U.S. strikes against the Islamic State would continue.

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Why Russia's Syria war is bad news for the U.S. (and why it isn't) 

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The reasons you shouldn't perhaps fret too much about Putin's Syria power play.







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US warns Russia against striking non-IS groups in Syria

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have “grave concerns” if Russia used its airstrikes in Syria to support President Bashar Assad against groups other than Islamic State or al-Qaida.








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Saudi Arabia denies striking Yemen wedding party

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The spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition striking Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen denies it launched airstrikes that hit a wedding party.









Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets

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Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.








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Mexico extradites top capos, others from max security jail

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Mexico extradited 13 people to the United States on Wednesday, including two top drug lords and several suspects in two high-profile 2011 crimes involving Americans — an attack on immigration agents in San Luis Potosi and the killing of consulate workers in Ciudad Juarez.








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Russia urges coordinated terrorism fight as airstrikes begin

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Russia followed its launch of airstrikes in Syria with a call Wednesday for the world to unite in the fight against terrorist groups, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told foreign ministers of world powers that his country was circulating a draft U.N. Security Council resolution to help make it happen.







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The Latest: Iraqi premier calls for more help against IS

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The latest developments from the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, where world leaders are grappling with a multitude of global crises, including the fight against terrorism — the Islamic State in particular — and easing the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (all times local):








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Argentina intensifies effort to get ex-spy chief, blasts US

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Argentina on Wednesday intensified efforts to track down a former spy chief who reportedly has taken refuge in Miami, with top government officials saying they plan to summon the American ambassador and accusing U.S. authorities of stonewalling.








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US airstrikes back Afghan push to retake city from Taliban

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Afghan troops backed by U.S. airstrikes massed Wednesday on the outskirts of a key northern city seized by the Taliban in the buildup for what is likely to be a long and difficult campaign to drive out the insurgents.








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Europe, US split over form of Syria talks

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Nine nations or five? In speeches at this year’s U.N. gathering of world leaders, major powers are increasing calls for multilateral negotiations to end the war in Syria. But Europe and the United States are split on who should be at the table.








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Russian envoy: Syria needs ‘free elections’ after IS defeat

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The Russian ambassador to France says Syria needs free elections under international supervision after the defeat of Islamic State group.







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Turkish journalist critical of government attack

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A Turkish newspaper says a prominent journalist who is critical of the government has been beaten by four assailants outside his home, weeks after a ruling party legislator was caught on video threatening attacks.









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Iranian state TV website says Iran’s death toll from Saudi hajj disaster rises to 464 killed 

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Iranian state TV website says Iran’s death toll from Saudi hajj disaster rises to 464 killed.









Pakistan army says it’s killed 25 militants near Afghanistan

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Pakistan’s military says its air force has carried out “precise” airstrikes targeting the Taliban in a restive tribal area near the Afghan border, killing 25 militants.









Russia vehemently defends Syrian airstrikes and denies targeting U.S. -backed rebels 

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Russian officials dismiss Western accusations, insisting they are targeting Islamic State positions.






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Russian ministry says airstrikes destroyed 12 IS targets in Syria, including a command center 

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Russian ministry says airstrikes destroyed 12 IS targets in Syria, including a command center.









The Christian zeal behind Russia's war in Syria

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A statement from the Russian Orthodox Church described the airstrikes in Syria as part of a "holy battle."







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Top EU official warns of rising anti-Semitism in Europe

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A senior European Union official has warned of rising anti-Semitism in Europe as attacks and threats against Jews continue in EU member countries.









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Iraqi prime minister says he would ‘welcome’ Russian airstrikes

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Move likely to raise concerns in Washington about intelligence sharing.















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Russian FM says his country has not been ‘invited’ to carry out anti-IS airstrikes in Iraq 

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Russian FM says his country has not been ‘invited’ to carry out anti-IS airstrikes in Iraq.









Russia says 1st military contact with US over Syria airstrikes taking place ‘very, very soon’ 

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Russia says 1st military contact with US over Syria airstrikes taking place ‘very, very soon’









What are American spies doing at Oktoberfest? 

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It's supposed to strengthen ties between Western intelligence services.









Netanyahu warns that Iran is building terrorist cells worldwide

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The Israeli leader also said no preconditions were necessary for talks with Palestinians to continue.















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Russian military planes purportedly filmed above Syria

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Video emerges purporting to show Russian Su-24 military jets above the Syrian city of Homs









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Man uses raccoon to get around a breathalyser and is then attacked by it 

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A police record, which is being shared on imgur, tells an interesting tale about a unique use of a furry animal











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The world's most wanted Islamic State terrorists

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Here is everything you need to know about Isil's most wanted terrorists, from their rank to the price on their head









Russia will share responsibility for Assad crimes if airstrikes do not target Isil, says Philip Hammond 

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Foreign Secretary warns Russia that airstrikes intended solely to aid Assad - rather than target Isil - will only benefit the jihadists











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Can Russia afford to fight another war in Syria? 

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Vladimir Putin looks to have outflanked the West by intervening in Syria, but his gambit could yet backfire, experts warn











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Russia's defence ministry releases footage showing air strikes on Syria 

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Russian defence ministry says it struck eight IS targets in Syria









Russian general tells US diplomats: 'We launch Syria air strikes in one hour. Stay out of the way' 

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Vladimir Putin orders airforce into action over Syria in first Russian war in Middle East since end of Soviet Union - giving US diplomats one hour's notice











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Abbas says Palestinians no longer bound by pacts with Israel

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Palestinian president announces conditional annulment of the Oslo peace accords as Palestinian Authority flag raised at the UN











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Hackers with Russian ties 'tried to hack into Hillary Clinton's email five times' 

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Emails released on Wednesday show hackers sent infected emails to then-secretary of state in an attempted breach











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Taliban driven from Kunduz by Afghan army 'supported by US air strikes' 

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Taliban's three-day hold on key northern city is broken after counter-offensive by Afghan army backed by Nato coalition











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US wants Britain, Germany and France excluded from Syria peace talks 

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European countries lobby US over plan to limit Syria talks to US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey











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Pictures of the day: 1 October 2015 

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A yawning lioness, sunset in Havana and Red Bull planes over Utah









Kunduz: Afghan army tanks roll into city as government forces take back control from Taliban 

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Video shows government troops and tanks entering the city of Kunduz following a fierce battle to reclaim the city from the Taliban









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Mexico extradites to US two drug lords from El Chapo prison

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Mexico extradites to US drug lords El Barbie and El Coss, as well as 10 others, some of who were held in prison where El Chapo escaped











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Russia 'launches air strikes again', targeting rebel alliance in Syria - live updates 

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Russian jets bomb rebel positions in Syria including rural areas near the north-western town of Jisr al-Shughour, a day after launching air strikes. Follow latest developments here











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Is Putin the only world leader with a coherent Middle East strategy? 

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Poll: Russia's intervention in Syria may have no clear end point, but Vladimir Putin desperately wants to demonstrate his country's great power status

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