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Islamic State Continues to Massacre Scores in Iraq and Syria, Loses Control of Mosul Dam

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The Islamic State continued to massacre scores of 'infidels' in its 'caliphate' over the weekend as U.S. lawmakers called on President Obama to expand military operations against the jihadist organization. Over the weekend, President Obama informed Congress that he authorized U.S. airstrikes in Iraq to help retake control of the Mosul Dam. On Sunday Kurdish forces, with the aid of over two dozen U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, were able to retake control of Iraq's largest dam from IS jihadists, who captured the dam less than two weeks ago.

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Ukraine Crisis: Separatists Trained in Russia

The Kremlin announced on Monday President Vladimir Putin had ordered Russian forces near Ukraine back to their bases, but NATO and the United States said they saw no sign of a pullback and Moscow had failed to carry out such promises before.
One of the top rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine claims that his forces have recently received 1,200 fighters who had undergone training in Russia. The claim came during a speech to leading rebels, apparently recorded on Friday and posted to YouTube by a pro-separatist media outlet. His language suggested the men had already crossed the border.

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Ebola Threatens West Africa, Airlines Halt Flights

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As Ebola continues to threaten West Africa, officials claim it will take up to six months to contain the outbreak. Liberian authorities have now quarantined entire villages it claims is the 'epicenter' of the virus and expanded its Ebola treatment centers throughout its capital of Monrovia. Meanwhile, two more airlines halted flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization admitted the official death toll of 1,145 in the region "vastly underestimates the magnitude of the outbreak."

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Islamic State Changes Tactics, Closing in on Aleppo

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The Islamic State continues to capture towns on its way to Aleppo, Syria's largest city, which now stands less than 50 kilometers away. Meanwhile, limited U.S. airstrikes have caused jihadists of the Islamic State to change their military tactics, instead of operating as an army with conventional formations, they are now acting like insurgents and mixing in with civilians to disguise their maneuvers making it harder to strike them.

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N. Korea Fires Short Range Missiles as Pope Visits S. Korea

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Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the war-divided peninsula. Seoul's never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour before he arrived and two more a short time later.

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Obama Blames Bush for Iraq Troop Withdraw

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President Barack Obama who spent years touting his success of withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq, but now facing the jihadist threats of the Islamic State in the Middle East is now blaming former President Bush for the absence of American troops in Iraq.

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Oil Prices Hit Nine-Month Low

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Oil prices have fallen to a nine-month low as surging supply from OPEC and the U.S. floods the market and fresh demand withers.

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Power Struggle in Baghdad As Maliki Replaced But Refuses to Step Down

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Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki's eight-year rule on Monday, but the veteran leader refused to go after deploying militias and special forces on the streets, creating a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad.

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Islamic State Beheads, Crucifies As It Expands into Syria (Video)

Christians are under siege in the Middle East, and the Obama administration is not doing enough to stop religious persecution by its allies, according to a new report from a bipartisan federal commission.
Islamic State has crushed a pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing 23 others in the past five days.

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Full Coverage: U.S. Begins Bombardment of 'Islamic State'

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As the Islamic State continues to spread across Syria, Iraq and Lebanon seizing a Syrian base over the weekend, President Barack Obama authorized strikes against the jihadist organization throughout the region. U.S. spy agencies have begun to see militants abandoning al-Qaeda affiliate groups in Yemen and Africa to join the Islamic State, as the terrorist organization promised to raise the "flag of Allah in the White House'.

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Ukraine demands that rebels in Donetsk surrender

The Kremlin announced on Monday President Vladimir Putin had ordered Russian forces near Ukraine back to their bases, but NATO and the United States said they saw no sign of a pullback and Moscow had failed to carry out such promises before.
Fighting raged in the city of Donetsk on Sunday, as government forces continued to close in on the rebel stronghold and pro-Russian insurgents backed away from an unconditional cease-fire offer that they announced just the day before.

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Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood's political wing

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An Egyptian court on Saturday dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, dealing a crippling blow in the campaign to crush Egypt's oldest Islamist movement.

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Typhoon Halong Slams Japan; 1 Dead

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More than one million people have been told to evacuate their homes as a powerful typhoon hit south-west Japan.

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Russia Forces US Submarine Out of Boundary Waters

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Russia's Northern Fleet's anti-submarine forces have detected and forced out a US submarine from Russian boundary waters, a high-ranking source in Russia's Navy told RIA Novosti Saturday.

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Russia, China Bypassing Dollar With Currency Agreement

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The Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed on a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US dollar in bilateral payments.

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