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Iraqi troops begin final assault to force Islamic State out of Mosul

They told dpa that government forces blew up a militant vehicle bomb before it could hit federal police defences in the Old City's district of Bab al-Toub. About 100,000 civilians remain trapped here, stuck with little food, water and medicine. The arduous battle to defeat Islamic State ( Isis ) appears to be entering its final stages in the group's two main strongholds, Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. Read More »

What we know: London death treated as terrorism


The European Union's police agency says dozens of suspected human traffickers have been arrested in a continentwide operation targeting criminal gangs. "All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan". Read More »

Police Investigating After Vehicle Hits Pedestrians In London


A Metropolitan police spokesperson said "The driver of the van was detained by the public and was later handed over to the police". The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque says the van crash that hit worshippers was a "cowardly attack" and urged Muslims going to mosques to be vigilant. Read More »

Russia threatens to retaliate after US downs Syrian fighter jet

According to Fox News , this was the first time that the USA has shot down another country's aircraft since targeting a Serbian warplane in Kosovo in 1999. A US warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside, with Washington saying the jet had dropped bombs near USA -backed forces and Damascus saying the plane was downed while flying a mission against Islamic State militants. Read More »

London unfazed after 4th terror attack


He thinks "police are going to struggle to deal with it if [these attacks are] something that erupts nationwide". Locals massing at barriers, angry at police, people confused about what has happened. The attack was being treated as terrorism, he confirmed. Finsbury Park has one of the most diverse communities in the capital - all faiths live side by side. Read More »

Paris police operation underway on Champs-Elysees


The small white vehicle caught on fire after the collision, but neither officers nor members of the public were hurt, an Interior Ministry spokesman said . And just hours before the Champs-Élysées incident, in another suspected terrorist attack, a driver rammed a van into pedestrians exiting a mosque in north London, killing at least one person. Read More »

Greens want big increase in refugee quota


The party would also create a new visa category for people displaced by climate change in the Pacific, starting with 100 places a year. "So we're really just responding to what most New Zealanders have said". Where do parties stand on the refugee quota? Even after the increase to 1000 places in 2018, we will still accept far fewer per capita than many other countries including Australia and Canada. Read More »

US student freed by North Korea has died at 22

His cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but at the time of his release the Washington Post reported that United States envoys told Otto's family he had fallen ill with botulism. Warmbier had allegedly been in the condition since shortly after he was sentenced in North Korea in March 2016. While researching his studies in China, Mr Warmbier found out about Chinese companies that offer trips to North Korea . Read More »

London fire: Images show charred horror of aftermath of Grenfell Tower inferno

Only five people have been formally identified. A resident in a nearby building watches smoke rise from a building on fire in London , Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A second protest began later at Britain's Home Office, which oversees fire prevention and policing nationally. Authorities released images of the aftermath of the horrific Grenfell Tower blaze showing the charred remains of the gutted apartment building as the death toll in the London fire nears 80. Read More »

Larson pulls away after restart

The sixth-place finish coupled with Larson's win, dropped Truex to second place in the overall driver point standings. Truex, Hamlin, Kyle Busch , Elliott, Blaney , Logano, Kenseth and Keselowski rounded out the top 10. Then Elliott was leading the August race comfortably before a yellow flag gave Larson a boost . "Just in a bad spot and nothing you can do about it", said Truex. Read More »

Boeing kicks off Paris Air Show with bigger 737 Max jet

Indian low-priced carrier SpiceJet has committed to buy the new 737 MAX 10 planes from Boeing Co , the companies said, becoming an inaugural customer for an aircraft created to blunt strong sales of rival planemaker Airbus' A321neo. It is the first major update to the plane since it entered service in 2007. They made up more than 40% of Airbus's single-aisle jet deliveries in 2016, up from just 13% in 2010. Read More »

LSU baseball presenting Alex Lange's first pitch to Rep. Steve Scalise


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., recounted candidate Trump's comments prodding supporters to pummel demonstrators at rallies and said Republicans were being "sanctimonious". Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation. Read More »

Car Rams Police Van In 'Attempted Attack' On Champs-Élysées


The vehicle hit the front of the police van as it was overtaking it and caught fire, a police spokeswoman told reporters. "They got out of a police truck and tried to break the glass and take the man out, they shot and threw tear gas and they took him out by force." he said. Read More »

Indigenous women in Saskatchewan subject to police mistreatment


The RPS acknowledged the devastating effects of residential schools and the hard history of colonial settlement in the province. Bear added governments and police have an obligation to work with Indigenous communities to reconcile and begin protecting the province's most vulnerable people. Read More »

Vehicle Hits Multiple Pedestrians in Finsbury Park, London


Standing on the steps of Downing Street she added that the incident, which targeted worshippers leaving mosques after breaking their Ramadan fast, was "every bit as sickening as those which have come before". London Mayor Sadiq Khan , a Muslim, offered his "thoughts and prayers" on Twitter to the victims of what he called a "horrific terrorist attack on innocent people". Read More »

Trump policies could roll back US-Cuba ties, says Mexican academic — Interview

Still, Cuba said it is willing to continue "respectful dialogue" with on topics of mutual interest. Diplomatic relations re-established by Obama, including reopened embassies in Washington and Havana, will remain. The doors of opportunity opened by President Barak Obama in 2015 which made travel to Cuba possible may swing shut as Trump is expected to reinstate trade regulations that will inhibit the growing flow of tourism from the United States. Read More »

Russia condemns US over Syrian fighter jet


Moscow also called on the US military to provide a full accounting of why it made a decision to shoot down the Syrian Su-22. The U.S. military confirmed a U.S. He said government forces began attacking SDF on Saturday, using warplanes, artillery and tanks in areas that SDF had liberated from IS. "This strike can be regarded as another act of defiance of global law by the United States", Ryabkov said Monday, CNN reported. Read More »

Suspect dies after attempted attack on police at Champs-Elysees

Tourists strolling along Paris' famous Champs-Elysees on Monday afternoon watched in horror as a auto rammed into a police van - and some witnessed the vehicle burst into flames as police grabbed the man inside and put him on the ground. A weapon was also said to have been found on the alleged attacker. The national police Twitter account said (in French) that there was an "ongoing police operation", warning people to respect the security cordon. Read More »

Qatar Airways CEO slams Gulf blockade

Turkey's parliament on June 7 fast-tracked legislation to allow troops to be deployed to a military base in Qatar that now houses about 90 Turkish soldiers. Gas-rich Qatar is now in the middle of a massive $200-plus billion infrastructure programme to help the country to prepare for the 2022 football World Cup . Read More »

London Finsbury Park Attacker Unknown to UK Authorities - Security Minister


It is too early to state if his death was a result of this attack ", Basu said. Spicer said Trump "has been made aware" of the attack in London and "is receiving consistent updates from his staff". Though Trump was quick to denounce those earlier attacks, on Monday morning-with the targets and victims Muslim and the alleged assailant a white male-the president found better things to do with his Twitter account. Read More »

Grenfell Tower Protesters March on Kensington Town Hall


The police are appealing to anyone with pictures or videos of the blaze to hand them in, as they may help establish not only where and how the fire started, but also how it spread. Forensic experts said the fire at Grenfell was so hot it could be compared to a cremation, which is going to make it hard to identify those who lost their lives. Read More »