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Mosul battle: Iraqi forces near city’s eastern outskirts

Iraqi special forces are now less than 1.5km from the eastern outskirts of Mosul and are preparing to enter the city held by Islamic State fighters. Hundreds of Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) troops entered Bazwaya, the last village before the city limits, after launching a dawn assault on Monday. A BBC …

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Boko Haram: Nigerian officials ‘sexually abusing’ victims

Women and girls in several camps in the Nigerian town of Maiduguri are being sexually abused by officials, a rights group says. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had spoken to 43 victims who had been raped or sexually exploited by vigilante groups and security officials. The president has ordered …

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Clinton’s foreign policy plan would start WWIII- Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy plan in Syria would trigger World War Three. He said the US should focus on defeating the so-called Islamic State rather than convincing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stand down. Mrs Clinton has been proposing a no-fly zone over …

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Somali pirates’ hostages ‘ate rats’ to survive

A group of sailors who were held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years survived in part by eating rats, one survivor has told the BBC. Filipino sailor Arnel Balbero said they were also only given small amounts of water and felt like “the walking dead” by the end …

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