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Vehicle bombs, the deadliest weapons deployed by the Islamic State, pushed the casualty rate among Iraqi counterterrorism forces to as high as 20 to 25 percent at one point, said a general who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
  • Paris forum has message for Trump, Israel

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    The embassy issued a media statement on Monday, claiming that the DA had been disingenuous in suggesting that Maimane was meeting leaders of both Israel and Palestine during his visit on Thursday. "Not just us, but many players in the worldwide arena are waiting to see Trump's approach", Rotem noted . Israel's Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi made the provocative remarks on Monday, adding that Palestinians were powerless to stop the move.
  • Slain Minke Whale Spotted On Japanese Boat In Australian Waters

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    A whale conservation group published photographs of a Japanese ship with a dead whale on board, the first such images since the International Court of justice found the Antarctic whaling program illegal in 2014. "It shows that even with the Japan Prime Minister on Australian soil, Japan is going about their bloody business ignoring the Australian Federal Court ruling, ignoring the wishes of the International Court of Justice", he said.
  • Just In: Gambia's Barrow to remain in Senegal until inauguration

    Just In: Gambia's Barrow to remain in Senegal until inauguration

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    Mohamed Ibn Chambas said a delegation of ECOWAS leaders to Banjul were to make clear to Jammeh that they were prepared to use force to ensure a handover of power to president-elect Adama Barrow . Jammeh has vowed that he will not stand aside until the country's Supreme Court rules on his petition to annul the election results. The ruling is unlikely to be made before May .
  • Serbia Warns Intervention in Kosovo Amid Balkan Train Row

    Serbia Warns Intervention in Kosovo Amid Balkan Train Row

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    Kosovo, supported by much of the West, declared independence from Serbia in 2008. There is no mistaking the Serbian nationalist message of the train, from the Orthodox icons adorning its interior to the bold claim plastered across its exterior in a host of languages: "Kosovo is Serbia".
  • Trump security adviser, Russian official already talking

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    Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak talked about plans to set up a call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump after the latter becomes USA president on January 20, Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer said. "If Putin likes Donald Trump , guess what, folks?" On Dec. 29, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking U.S.
  • Flight 666 flew to HEL on Friday the 13th

    Flight 666 flew to HEL on Friday the 13th

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    People boarded a flight today that many are saying they'd never step FOOT on in a million years! Just to drive the point home, the plane itself is also reportedly 13 years old as of this year. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the name for the phobia of the number 666, while the fear of Friday the 13th is called Paraskevidekatriaphobia, which comes from the Greek paraskeví (meaning "Friday"), and dekatria (meaning "thirteen").
  • Princess Margaret's ex-husband Lord Snowden dies aged 86

    Princess Margaret's ex-husband Lord Snowden dies aged 86

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    He also worked in design, co-creating an aviary for London Zoo and inventing an electric wheelchair. Buckingham Palace said the Queen had been informed. Snowdon, born Antony Armstrong-Jones, photographed famous faces including Diana, Princess of Wales, Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor and David Bowie during his career.
  • CISF jawan guns down four colleagues

    CISF jawan guns down four colleagues

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    Police are interrogating the accused who hails from Aligarh town in Uttar Pradesh. Officials said the incident was reported at about 12:30 AM at the Nabinagar Power Generation Company Ltd (NPGCL) unit in the said district where the force is deployed for security duties to guard the facility.
  • Adelaide snowboarder causes avalanche in Canada, survives because of backpack

    Adelaide snowboarder causes avalanche in Canada, survives because of backpack

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    Lucky for him, he was wearing a Black Diamond airbag backpack (heard inflating during the above video) and he triggered it as soon as the snow began to slide. Airbag backpacks like the one that saved Oye are a pricey investment - the Guardian reports that prices start at around $600 - but as this Aussie's video shows, it's money well spent.
  • Vasseur parts ways with Renault after one year

    Vasseur parts ways with Renault after one year

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    Renault are undertaking an expansion programme aimed at increasing staff numbers from a little over 400 when they were in their previous guise as Lotus to more than 600 by the end of this year. "The level of expertise is now so wide that it is impossible that one man has the full capacity and authority and understanding of everything". Red Bull has had changes, Mercedes has had its changes.