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Timeline: The Rise And Fall Of ISIS In Iraq And Syria

Syria:  ISIS fighters have been defeated at the final shred of territory they held in eastern Syria, marking the end of jihadist rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday. This timeline chronicles the lightning rise, cruel reign and …

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US Ally Declares Fall Of ISIS “Caliphate”, Last Village Captured

Baghouz:  ISIS has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the end of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. The SDF declared the “total elimination of (the) so-called caliphate”, …

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US Agency Error Exposes 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors To Fraud: Report

Washington:  The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exposed 2.3 million disaster survivors to possible identity theft and fraud by improperly sharing sensitive personal information with an outside company, according to an internal government watchdog. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said FEMA had shared …

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26 Killed, 30 Injured As Tourist Bus Catches Fire In China

Beijing:  Twenty six people were killed and 30 injured after a tourist bus caught fire in central China, local officials said. The vehicle burst into flames as it drove through Hunan province Friday with 56 people on board — including 53 passengers, two drivers and a tour guide — according …

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US Lawmaker Seeks Boeing Whistleblowers, Some MAX 737 Orders In Jeopardy

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA:  A U.S. lawmaker on Friday urged current or former Boeing Co and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees to come forward with any information about the certification programme for the 737 MAX, which has suffered two fatal crashes in five months. Boeing and the FAA are under global regulatory scrutiny …

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US Teen Kills Self One Year After Surviving School Shooting

Sydney Aiello, a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, killed herself last weekend, according to family members and friends cited in news reports. Aiello, 19, was a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year when a gunman killed 17 students and school staff. One of her …

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US Airline Pilots Accused Of Drugging, Raping Female Flight Attendants

When the JetBlue plane from Washington touched down in San Juan, Puerto Rico, three women from the flight crew did what most visitors to the tropical island paradise would do: They checked into their hotel and made a beeline for the beach. But what was supposed to be a relaxing …

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Italy Bus Hijacker “Heard Voices” Of Drowned Migrant Children: Report

Rome:  The driver of a school bus who torched the vehicle to protest Mediterranean migrant deaths claimed on Friday he acted after hearing the voices of drowned children urging him on, media reports said. Insisting again that he did not want to hurt anyone, the 47-year-old of Senegalese origin, reportedly …

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Trump Drops New North Korea Sanctions Because He “Likes” Kim Jong Un

Washington:  President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly announced the cancellation of sanctions imposed by his own Treasury Department to tighten international pressure on North Korea. “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I …

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God May Have Sent Donald Trump To Save Israel From Iran: Mike Pompeo

Washington:  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said it is “possible” that President Donald Trump was sent by God to save Israel from Iran. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network during a high-profile trip to Israel, he said it was his faith that made him believe that. …

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