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Sweltering Iraq declares four-day weekend from Thursday| Reuters

Jul 30, 2015

Sweltering Iraq declares four-day weekend from Thursday| Reuters

BAGHDAD A searing heat wave forecast to sweep through Iraq prompted the government to declare a four-day holiday starting on Thursday and order regular power cuts at state institutions. With temperatures expected to surpass 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) for at least the second time this month, the government decided to designate Thursday and Sunday official holidays, the cabinet said in a statement news-flashed on state television #India #Environment #Weather #Iraq #Entertainment #opinion #holidays
NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds| Reuters

Jul 29, 2015

NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds| Reuters

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force. Following a 90-minute meeting in Brussels, Turkey won the backing it sought for stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes. Ankara made no request to its 27 allies for military help and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg noted that it had the second-largest army in the alliance #Syria #Afghanistan #markets #Iraq #opinion
Turkey's Erdogan: peace process with Kurdish militants impossible| Reuters

Jul 28, 2015

Turkey's Erdogan: peace process with Kurdish militants impossible| Reuters

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday it was impossible to continue a peace process with Kurdish militants and urged parliament to strip politicians with links to them of immunity from prosecution. Hours after he spoke, the Turkish military said its F-16 fighter jets had bombed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak, which borders Iraq, in response to an attack on a group of gendarmes. Turkey last week launched air strikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq following a series of attacks on its police officers and soldiers blamed on the Kurdish militant group #United States #Islam #Middle East #Latin America #Iraq
Germany urges Turkey to respect proportionality in fight against PKK| Reuters

Jul 26, 2015

Germany urges Turkey to respect proportionality in fight against PKK| Reuters

BERLIN Germany will support Ankara in its fight against extremists, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a phone call on Sunday, but she also urged the Nato partner to keep measures appropriate. #Business #Syria #Middle East #Europe #markets #United Kingdom #Iraq
Bahrain says foils arms smuggling bid, recalls Iran envoy| Reuters

Jul 26, 2015

Bahrain says foils arms smuggling bid, recalls Iran envoy| Reuters

ABU DHABU/DUBAI Bahrain said on Saturday it had foiled an arms smuggling plot by two Bahrainis with ties to Iran and announced the recall of the Gulf island kingdom's ambassador to Tehran for consultations after what it said were repeated hostile Iranian statements. Bahrain made the announcements on the eve of a tour of some Arab states by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif aimed at calming tensions following a historic nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. He is due to visit Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq on Sunday. #United States #Technology #Crime #Argentina #United Kingdom #Iraq
Bomb attacks at swimming pool in northern Iraq kill at least 12| Reuters

Jul 25, 2015

Bomb attacks at swimming pool in northern Iraq kill at least 12| Reuters

BAGHDAD At least 12 people were killed on Saturday when two suicide bombers attacked a crowded swimming pool in northern Iraq, a local official and police sources said. The attacks in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, about 175 km (110 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, left 45 others wounded #India #Technology #Middle East #Africa #Latin America #Iraq #Entertainment
Turkey stages first air strikes on Islamic State in Syria| Reuters

Jul 24, 2015

Turkey stages first air strikes on Islamic State in Syria| Reuters

ANKARA/ELBEYLI, Turkey Turkish warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants at home. The air strikes, which followed a phone conversation between Erdogan and U.S. #United States #Islam #Technology #United Kingdom #Turkey #Iraq
Turkish jets strike four Islamic State positions in Syria - Turkish official| Reuters

Jul 24, 2015

Turkish jets strike four Islamic State positions in Syria - Turkish official| Reuters

ANKARA Turkish fighter jets hits four Islamic State targets within Syria early on Friday without crossing the border, a Turkish security official said. The air operation that hit the targets across the border from Turkey's Kilis province came a day after a cross-border firefight with Islamic State left one militant and one Turkish soldier dead. (Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan and Clarence Fernandez) #Islam #Middle East #markets #Crime #Turkey #Iraq
Iraq deploys U.S.-trained troops to Ramadi fight for first time| Reuters

Jul 24, 2015

Iraq deploys U.S.-trained troops to Ramadi fight for first time| Reuters

BAGHDAD Iraq has for the first time deployed soldiers trained by the U.S.-led coalition in their campaign to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants, the U.S. military said on Thursday. #Business #India #Islam #Hillary Clinton #Latin America #Iraq #Entertainment
Islamic State bigger threat to the US than Al-Qaeda, says FBI chief

Jul 23, 2015

Islamic State bigger threat to the US than Al-Qaeda, says FBI chief

The FBI chief has warned that the Islamic State has become a bigger threat to the US than Al-Qaeda. #World #Terrorism #US #Syria #Al-Qaeda #TheySaidIt #Iraq #James Comey #islamic-state #ISIL #ISIS #IS #FBI Director