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Iraq storms main Christian town near Mosul as Carter arrives in Baghdad


QAYYARA, Iraq The Iraqi army on Saturday stormed a Christian town that had been under control of Islamic State since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants' last major city stronghold in Iraq. | Video

U.S. Defense Secretary arrives in Baghdad to assess Mosul offensive

BAGHDAD U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived on an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Saturday to get an assessment of the U.S.-backed Iraqi campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State.

World, Iraq 1:46pm IST

Aleppo city quiet on third day of ceasefire - monitor

BEIRUT Calm prevailed across the divided northern Syrian city of Aleppo on the third of four consecutive day-time unilateral ceasefires announced by Russia, but medical evacuations and aid deliveries have still not happened, a war monitor said.

World, Syria 1:40pm IST

Inquiry finds Syrian government forces responsible for third gas attack

UNITED NATIONS An international inquiry found Syrian government forces responsible for a third toxic gas attack, according to a confidential report submitted to the U.N. Security Council on Friday, setting the stage for a showdown between Russia and western council members over how to respond.

World, Syria 6:37am IST

Church bells peal in town retaken by Iraqi troops from Islamic State

BARTELLA, Iraq The din of bullets, mortars and bombs in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella was replaced momentarily on Friday by a sound not heard there for more than two years: the peal of church bells. | Video

World, Iraq 5:35am IST

Parties to Yemen war exchange accusations of breaching ceasefire

SANAA Warring factions in the war in Yemen exchanged accusations on Friday of violating a 72-hour ceasefire that began just before midnight on Wednesday, with the Saudi-led coalition saying Houthi forces have breached the truce by attacking several cities in both countries.

World, Yemen 3:20am IST

Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul

QAYYARA, Iraq Islamic State launched a major attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. | Video

Top News, World, Iraq 1:59am IST

Seven migrants die on day of 'Libyan Coast Guard' attack

ROME The crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, humanitarian group Sea-Watch said on Friday.

World, Libya 1:36am IST

U.N. says to pursue perpetrators of war crimes in Aleppo

GENEVA The U.N. Human Rights Council said on Friday it would identify the perpetrators of war crimes in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo and launched a special inquiry into the use of starvation and air strikes there, as well as increased "terrorist" attacks. | Video

World, Syria 21 Oct 2016

Turkey, Iraq reach agreement "in principle" on Mosul, U.S. says

ANKARA Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with President Tayyip Erdogan.

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