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U.S.-led Coalition Says Daesh Territory Has Shrunk in Iraq and Syria

BAGHDAD, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Daesh’s territory shrank by 40 percent from its maximum expansion in Iraq, and by 20 percent in Syria in 2015, as international forces pushed it out of several cities, the U.S.-led coalition fighting it said on Tuesday. There was no immediate comment from the hardline Islamist group on the estimates

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Turkey Finds Bodies of 27 Migrants on Aegean Coast

By Melih Aslan ISTANBUL, Jan 5 – Turkish authorities said they found the bodies of 27 migrants, at least three of them children, at two separate locations on the Aegean coast on Tuesday after a migrant boat apparently capsized as it tried to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. The flow of mostly Syrian refugees

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Volkswagen Faces Billions in Fines for Environmental Violations

By Julia Edwards and Georgina Prodhan WASHINGTON/FRANKFURT, Jan 5 – The U.S. Justice Department has sued Volkswagen for up to $90 billion for allegedly violating environmental laws – five times regulators’ initial estimate and a reminder of the carmaker’s problems nearly four months after its emissions scandal broke. Although such U.S. lawsuits are typically settled

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West Indies Cricketer Fined for “Disrespecting” Reporter

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Jan 5 – West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has been fined A$10,000 ($7,197) by the Melbourne Renegades Twenty20 team for asking an Australian TV reporter out on a date and directing personal comments at her during a televised pitchside interview. Gayle had earlier suggested Monday’s incident was a “simple joke” that

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Yemen War Intensifies Amid Mounting Regional Tension

DUBAI, Jan 5 – Saudi-led air strikes targeting Iranian-allied Houthi forces intensified in Yemen on Tuesday, residents said, an escalation of a nine-month-old war that follows a rise in tensions between the kingdom and arch foe Tehran. After weeks of a relative lull, large air strikes targeted military positions linked to Yemen’s ascendant Houthis in

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Militiamen Occupy Wildlife Center in Oregon

By Jonathan Allen and Jim Urquhart BURNS, Ore., Jan 4 (Reuters) – A county sheriff and judge on Monday demanded that self-styled militiamen occupying a remote U.S. wildlife center in Oregon peacefully end their 3-day-old anti-government siege, telling the protesters: “It’s time for you to leave our community.” The flashpoint for Saturday’s takeover of the

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We are not natural-born enemies of Iran: Saudi U.N. Envoy

By Michelle Nichols and Sam Wilkin UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI, Jan 5 – Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would restore ties with Iran when Tehran stopped meddling in the affairs of other countries and pledged that Riyadh would continue to work “very hard” to support bids for peace in Syria and Yemen despite the spat. Saudi

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Saudi Rift with Iran Likely to Hinder U.S. Peace Effort in Syria

By Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Jan 5 – Beneath this weekend’s rupture in Iranian-Saudi relations lies a deeper fault line between the United States and Saudi Arabia that may hamper U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to end Syria’s civil war, current and former U.S. officials said. The Saudi government’s decision to execute Shiite

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