UN reports IS executions as Mosul assault looms
The Islamic State group has killed scores of people and taken tens of thousands to use as human shields against Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul, the United Nations said Friday. Thousands have fled in the other direction, prompting a warning of "massive displacement" when fighting inside the jihadists' last urban stronghold begins. IS's "depraved, cowardly strategy is to attempt to use the presence of civilians to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations," Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement.
Army says 2-star general committed suicide
Hungarian musicians recall secret jazz recordings from 1956
Pakistani police, opposition supporters clash in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD (AP) ? Wielding batons and firing rounds of tear gas, Pakistani riot police on Friday clashed with stone-throwing supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan who rallied in the capital in defiance of a government-imposed ban on demonstrations.
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Oregon case jury delivers blow to government in lands fight
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon.
Iraqis bury their dead in cemetery destroyed by IS
Belgian region lawmakers approve EU-Canada trade pact
US Senate candidate Kirk mocks rival's family military past
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) ? Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has raised his Democratic rival's immigrant background and mocked her claim that her family's military service dates back to the Revolution, saying he had forgotten the congresswoman's "parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington."
UK Uber drivers win case to get paid vacation, minimum wageLONDON (AP) ? Uber drivers in Britain should get paid vacation days and be guaranteed a minimum wage, a tribunal said Friday, in a ruling that tests the limits of the so-called "gig economy," in which companies rely on individual to work as self-employed contractors without safety nets.