Iraqi security forces storm Mosul airport, military base
BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul stormed the city's airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said.
ISTANBUL Turkish police raided the offices of broadcaster IMC TV and cut its transmission on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said, after the station was pulled off the air last week over allegations of 'spreading terrorist propaganda'.
Dozens of journalists and employees stood inside the TV studios and clapped in protest at the halt of the broadcast, which came a day after Turkey extended a state of emergency for another three months.
Istanbul-based IMC, which devotes much of its coverage to the militant insurgency in the mainly Kurdish southeast, is among 20 television and radio stations operated by Kurds or the Alevi religious minority banned last week by Turkish authorities, based on a government decree.
(Reporting by Emin Caliskan; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Luke Baker)
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LAHORE, Pakistan A bomb blast in an upscale shopping centre in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore killed at least eight people and wounded 20 on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a surge of violence that has shaken the country.