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The government launched a massive campaign on October 17 to retake Mosul , Iraq's second largest city and the extremist group's last major urban center in the country. The special forces began their assault on Zohour a week ago, but have since met stiff resistance. Baghdad, Nov29 :Five gunmen, some of them wearing suicide belts, attacked the Iraqi city of Samarra on Monday, killing at least four members of the security forces, officials said.
  • Duterte Invites Trump To The Philippines

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    The conversation lasted seven minutes, special advisor to the Philippine president Christopher Go said, according to Reuters . The anger was unleashed after Mr Obama expressed concern about possible human rights abuses in Mr Duterte's war on drugs, during which over 2,000 people have been killed .
  • Judge declares mistrial in fatal police shooting of Walter Scott

    Judge declares mistrial in fatal police shooting of Walter Scott

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    The jury, of which 11 were white and one was black, had the option of convicting Slager of murder or manslaughter, a lesser charge often applied to "crimes of passion". "Several jurors wiped tears from their eyes as Newman made his announcement following more than 20 hours of deliberations." There were no outbursts in the courtroom.
  • Trump adviser on Taiwan call: 'If China doesn't like it, screw 'em'

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    The conversation - and the latest tweets - signal a new robust approach to China advocated by key people in the Trump camp and in the conservative foreign policy community. "The whole world knows about the Chinese government's position on the Taiwan issue". 'I think it's hard to determine exactly what the aim was of the president-elect, ' White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today.
  • Mosul recapture

    Mosul recapture "possible" before Trump takes office: Pentagon chief

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    But their advance has been hampered by waves of counter-attacks from the ultra-hardline Islamists who have controlled the city since mid-2014 and built a network of tunnels in preparation for their defense of north Iraq's largest city. "That is certainly possible and again it is going to be a tough fight ", Carter said when asked if the recapture would be complete before January 20, when Trump starts his presidency.
  • Russian Federation ready to work with new United States administration

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    MOSCOW-Russian President Vladimir Putin reached out to President-elect Donald Trump in a nationally televised address Thursday, appealing to the U.S.to join in Russia's "fight against worldwide terrorism". "We are ready to cooperate with the new USA administration". Trump praised Putin repeatedly on the campaign trail and, in July, appeared to encourage Russian intelligence officials to use their hacking expertise to find thousands of missing emails Clinton purportedly deleted.
  • Fresh UN sanctions slash North Korean coal revenue

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    According to the Global Trade Atlas, China is on track to import almost $1 billion worth of coal from North Korea in 2016 despite a previous sanctions regime. The resolution warned the North could have its rights and privileges as a United Nations member state suspended if it continues to defy its obligations.
  • NORAD is ready to track Santa's flight

    NORAD is ready to track Santa's flight

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    For 61 years, NORAD has helped the young and young at heart track Santa's yuletide journey. The website has been made available in app form on Windows, Apple and Google Play. They'll stream videos of Santa as he makes his way over various locations. But how did the tradition of tracking Santa's flight get started? Since the 1950s, the USA government has helped kids and kids at heart follow Santa on his annual Christmas Eve trek across the globe.