Police advance slowly on oil pipeline protest camp
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) ? Armed soldiers and law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear and driving trucks, military Humvees and buses moved in Thursday to force Dakota Access pipeline protesters off private land where they had camped to block construction.
British data prompts global bond selloff; oil rises
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Strong growth data out of Britain prompted the worst daily selloff in government bond for months and pushed yields on the world's benchmark bonds higher on Thursday, as expectations eased for a Bank of England interest rate cut. In the United States, equity losses led by Comcast and consumer discretionary stocks offset gains in the healthcare sector, while European stocks slid and the U.S. dollar advanced against the Swedish crown and Japanese yen. Official data showed that Britain's economy slowed only slightly in the three months after it voted to exit the European Union.
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Up to 900 jihadists killed in Mosul battle, US says
The United States said Thursday up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq's Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians. The offensive, launched on October 17, is seeing tens of thousands of Iraqi fighters advancing on Mosul from the south, east and north in a bid to retake the last major Iraqi city under IS control. General Joseph Votel, who heads the US military's Central Command, told AFP the offensive was inflicting a heavy toll on the jihadists.
Apple ramps up MacBook infused with touch controls
Apple on Thursday unveiled new MacBook Pro laptops infused with touch control features that people have become popular on smartphones. MacBook Pro models shown off at a special event at Apple's headquarters in Silicon Valley touted keyboards that had "Touch Bar" controls where function keys have traditionally been positioned. Touch Bar adapts to display controls most relevant to whatever application is being used, from email or typing text to video editing or music mixing, demonstrations showed.
Study predicts deserts in Spain if global warming continues
BERLIN (AP) ? Southern Spain will become desert and deciduous forests will vanish from much of the Mediterranean basin unless global warming is reined in sharply, according to a study released Thursday.
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Colombian president postpones talks with ELN rebels
Bogota (AFP) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos suspended peace talks with the ELN rebels Thursday, hours before they were due to open, insisting the guerrillas first release an ex-lawmaker they are holding hostage.
Police detain Imran Khan supporters ahead of his rally
ISLAMABAD (AP) ? Police in Pakistan's capital detained dozens of supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan late on Thursday, triggering brief clashes between police and opposition activists in various parts of Islamabad.
Iraqis find bomb factory, tunnels on long road to Mosul
KHAZER, Iraq (AP) ? Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village near Mosul that was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, offering a glimpse of the challenge they will face as they move closer to the city.