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150 IS militants slain in Iraqi army strikes: Separately, 13 ISIL Takfiris were killed and two Humvee military vehicles used by the terrorists destroyed when units of Iraqi government forces lobbed missiles at ISIL bases east of Karma on Friday.
32 Daesh militants killed in western Iraq:
At least 27 militants were killed in coalition airstrikes that targeted the group's positions in al-Karma town, around 13 kilometers (9 miles) east of Fallujah, General Major Qasem al-Mohammadi, chief of the Iraqi army's Anbar military operations, said.
Bloody day in Iraq after multiple attacks rock Baghdad:
Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen wearing black outfits broke into homes in Sadr district in eastern Baghdad. They abducted 22 civilians, including four children and three women, police said. Al-Sadr is a Shiite-majority city.
Canadian soldier killed by friendly fire in Iraq:
A Canadian soldier has been killed in Iraq and three others injured in a friendly fire incident after they were fired on by Iraqi Kurdish forces.
ISIS hang bodies of dead soldiers at entrance to city they plan to make new HQ: - WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT -
The Iraqi city of Hawija is the latest scene of the terrorist's horror as eight lifeless bodies are strung up by their feet
Advancing Iraq troops enter strategic town on edge of Tikrit:
It was not immediately clear if the town had entirely fallen. Some officials said the troops were still only in the south and east of the town, which had been rigged with bombs by retreating Islamic State fighters.
Islamic State will be forced out of Tikrit, says top US general:
The combined force of Iranian-backed militias and Iraqi government troops is likely to prevail against Islamic State forces in the unfolding battle for Tikrit, America's top general has said.
Thousands flee Iraqi advance on Tikrit:
A military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) has caused about 28,000 people to flee their homes, the UN says. Those displaced are headed towards the city of Samarra, the UN said, but many families are stranded at checkpoints
Why the US is sitting out Iraq's most important assault on ISIL; Analysis:
With Iran building influence in Iraq, US faces a strategic dilemma as it tries to support fight against ISIL
Tikrit igniting sectarian war in Iraq: News Analysis -
The Americans should realize that they have become part of the region's repugnant sectarianism, fighting alongside Alawites in Syria and Shiites in Iraq, while negotiating with Shiite Iran on the nuclear issue. All three scenarios are against Sunnis, or at least this is how it seems. The Americans have put themselves in an unprecedented, terrible trap.
Daesh downs two Iraqi military warplanes in Anbar:
"Daesh militants downed an Iraqi forces helicopter Friday evening and another jet Saturday morning in al-Karma area," an Iraqi army captain who preferred not to divulge his name told The Anadolu Agency.
ISIS bulldozed ancient Hatra city in Mosul:
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants bulldozed early Saturday the ancient city of Hatra founded 3rd or 2nd BC by the Seleucide Empire, activists and Kurdish media reported.
Some 35 ISIL militants killed in central, NE Syria - reports:
Syrian military airstrikes killed 26 ISIL militants, only one of whom is an Arab national, as they were travelling in a vehicle in an eastern town in Hama.
Syrian air strike kills two Islamic State commanders: -
The Syrian army has killed two Islamic State commanders in an air strike in central Syria along with at least 24 other members of the ultra-hardline group, a monitoring group said on Saturday.
Turkish Governor Confirms ISIL Commander Being Treated in Local Hospital:
An Islamic State commander injured in a bomb attack in northern Syria is being treated in a Turkish hospital in the border province of Antakya. " His treatment is still underway in Denizli in accordance with the right to receive medical attention, just like a normal citizen," the statement said.
Palestinian fisherman killed by Israeli occupation forces:
A Palestinian fisherman was shot dead by Israeli forces Saturday off the coast of the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Palestinian health services said. The 32-year-old died in hospital in Gaza City after he and two other fishermen in the same boat were fired upon by the Israeli navy.
Torture of Palestinian detainees by Shin Bet investigators rises sharply:
The Shin Bet is required to report to the court that torture were used, so that the judges will know what weight to give evidence gathered under such means. Defense attorneys are not allowed to make copies of the reports, but only to read them. The documents themselves are kept in a safe.
Israel used "disappearance" of soldier as pretext for killing spree - rights group:
It also suggests that Israel deliberately targeted hospitals and places of worship. A total of 61 mosques were completely destroyed and 121 partially destroyed, it says. Seven health facilities were destroyed completely and 27 partially.
Ending security pact with Israel could provide leverage for Abbas:
While some say the agreement has helped Mr Abbas suppress the activities of his political rival, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, the PA has had to shoulder the financial burden of the policing, while also facing the political and ideological backlash of working with Israel.
Three US families fund half of Netanyahu's re-election bid:
"It's nothing new," said Benizri, who volunteers with the Likud in the Tel Aviv area. "Why get money from Israel when you can get it from the U.S.?"
The Jewish Billionaire Behind a New Christian Anti-Iran Group:
Singer, a director at the Republican Jewish Coalition, is a huge donor to various groups that promote a hawkish line on Iran policy.
Triple bombings kills 51 people in Nigerian town of Maiduguri:
At least 51 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in three bombings in the northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri. Saturday's triple blasts were the worst attack on the city since suspected Boko Haram fighters failed in their bid to seize it at the end of January.
Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Islamic State, monitoring group SITE says:
"We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi," said the voice on the message, which was believed to be that of Shekau. Qurashi is better known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the IS group.
Militants attack Libyan oilfield, 11 guards dead:
Militant gunmen attacked Libya's Al Ghani oilfield, killing 11 guards, beheading some of them, before local forces fought back to retake control, an oil security official said.
ISIL tightens grip on Libya's Derna:
The Libyan Army, headed by (CIA) General Khalifa Haftar, has edged closer to the small coastal town of Derna, 250km east of Benghazi. It is believed to be preparing for an attack to rid the area of fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Mali bar attack kills five in Bamako:
Five people have been killed in a machine-gun and grenade attack on a bar in Mali's capital, Bamako. A masked gunman opened fire at La Terrasse bar, killing a French national.
Egypt carries out first execution in mass trial of Mohamed Morsi supporters:
Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan was hanged after being convicted of murder, the interior ministry said, in the first death sentence under the current rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Six killed in gunmen attack on Sufi place of worship in Kabul:
Attackers with guns fixed with silencers killed six people after storming a Sufi place of worship in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday evening, according to a government statement.
Three Philippine soldiers killed in Abu Sayyaf landmine attack:
Islamic extremists in the southern Philippines ambushed a military convoy Wednesday by planting a landmine that killed three soldiers, the latest outbreak of violence as the government cracks down on the militants.
Nemtsov murder: Two held over killing of opposition politician:
Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev, both from the Caucasus region, were detained on Saturday, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov said. Russian investigators said there were suspected of organising and carrying out the murder.
U.S. plan to train Ukraine national guard 'on hold':
A U.S. plan to train Ukrainian national guard troops is "on hold" pending implementation of a ceasefire deal between government troops and Russian-backed rebels, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Europe said on Friday.
EU won't be pushed into confrontation over Ukraine - foreign policy chief:
"The European Union today is extremely realistic about developments in Russia. But we will never be trapped or forced or pushed or pulled into a confrontative [sic] attitude," the EU's Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini told the media on Friday.
Britain Will Supply Military Equipment to Ukraine to Fight 'Russia's Aggression':
The equipment, worth £850,000 ($1.3 million), will be gifted to Ukraine in the coming weeks in response to a request from Kiev. The package includes first aid kits, night vision goggles, laptops, helmets and GPS units.
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SPIEGEL Interview with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras:
'We Don't Want to Go on Borrowing Forever': In a SPIEGEL interview, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras discusses planned reforms, the polarizing effect his government has had on Europe and the possibility of a "Graccident," Greece's accidental exit from the euro zone.
CIA to be restructured to "cover entire universe": Director:
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is planning to create new units in a series of reorganizations, aiming to "cover the entire universe" amid modern threats and crises, CIA Director John Brennan said Friday.
Ecuador Leaves US-Backed Military Organization:
"The exit (by Ecuador) from the IDB completes the nation's disassociation from all of the bodies of the Inter-American Defense System," said the statement. In 2009, Ecuador ended an agreement with the United States that allowed the U.S. military to use a military base in the city of Manta.
UNASUR Rejects US Destabilization Efforts in Venezuela:
The Union of South American Nations expresses its support for Venezuela's government following an attempted coup.
Venezuela to get South American help for food crisis:
Foreign ministers from 12 South American nations gathering in Caracas have promised to help Venezuela overcome an ongoing shortage of food, medicine and other products.
Brazil's Petrobras graft probe exapanded:
Former president and leaders of Congress among 54 people to be investigated following Supreme Court ruling.
Gunman's video says Parliament attack spurred by Canada military action:
The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in Canada's capital and then stormed Parliament last year said he was retaliating against Canadian military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a video recording released on Friday.
Canada watchdog warns anti-terror bill tramples privacy:
Canada's privacy commissioner warned Friday that a proposed toughening of the nation's counterterrorism laws would expose too much personal information, with little or no oversight.
Dozens Arrested in Protests to End Drone Warfare and Protect Soldier Mental Health:
Sitting safely behind a computer screen in a military trailer in Nevada, Airman First Class Brandon Bryant was poised to kill as he watched video surveillance of three men in Afghanistan who were believed to be armed.
Protest after 'unarmed' black 19 yo shot dead by Madison police:
A police officer in Madison, Wisconsin killed a 19-year-old black man following an altercation, triggering an anti-brutality rally in the city. Dozens have taken to the streets chanting, "Black lives matter."
Indianapolis passes law to protect homeless as movement gains steam:
Growing number of city councils consider legislation as state lawmakers eye proposals to end criminalization of homeless
Why solitary confinement is a form of modern-day torture:
As of 2013, there were 80,000 men and women in solitary confinement in the United States, some of them as young as 14 years old. In this illustrated op-ed video, artist Molly Crabapple explains the psychological and physical trauma suffered by those forced to spend 22-24 hours a day alone
Jail looms for mom who fled with son to fight Male Genital Mutilation:
A woman who fled with her son while fighting to prevent his circumcision will face imprisonment if she doesn't return and allow the surgery to proceed, a judge ruled Friday.
33% of Americans out of workforce, highest rate since 1978:
The number of Americans aged 16 and older not participating in the labor force hit 92,898,000 in February, tying December's record, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
U.S. Companies Are Stashing $2.1 Trillion Overseas to Avoid Taxes:
Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Google Inc. and five other tech firms now account for more than a fifth of the $2.10 trillion in profits that U.S. companies are holding overseas, according to a Bloomberg News review of the securities filings of 304 corporations.
"Let us be peace and joy"