Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul
By Michael Georgy QAYYARA, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State launched a major attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State's assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil- producing region, killed 18 members of the security forces and workers at a power station outside the city, including two Iranians, a hospital source said. Kirkuk is located east of Hawija, a pocket still under control of Islamic State that lies between Baghdad and Mosul.
Turkey, Iraq reach agreement 'in principle' on Mosul, U.S. saysANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. "I think there's agreement there in principle but now we're down to the practicalities of that ... and that?s what we?re working through," he told reporters as he ended his trip to Ankara. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Louise Ireland)
Anti-terror police arrest man over London subway alertLONDON (AP) ? British police arrested a 19-year-old man Friday on suspicion of a terrorism offense over a suspicious package discovered on a London subway train.
Unemployment rates rose in 3 of 8 US swing states last month
Unemployment rates rose in three of eight U. S. swing states last month, fell in two and were unchanged in the remaining three. The Labor Department said Friday employers cut jobs in four swing states ...
The Latest: Iraqi journalist killed in Kirkuk clashes
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) ? The Latest on the developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):
South Africa's move on ICC raises concerns of African exodus
South Africa on Friday reversed its early support for the International Criminal Court and said it will withdraw from it, raising concerns of a possible African exodus that would undermine a human rights ...
Yoga pants parade to protest man's comments on women's wearBARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) ? Women clad in yoga pants plan to parade through a coastal Rhode Island town in protest of a man who said the attire looks tacky and ridiculous.
German group: Migrants die amid Libya 'coast guard' attack
BERLIN (AP) ? At least four people died off the coast of Libya and more were missing after a rubber boat carrying around 150 migrants was attacked Friday by a group aboard a speedboat labeled as belonging to Libya's coast guard, a German aid group said.
Russians seek answers to central Moscow GPS anomalyJoggers, taxi drivers, players of Pokemon Go and senior Russian officials are seeking an explanation of why mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in central Moscow. A programmer for Russian ...
Mauritanian president says has no plans to scrap term limits
Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has said he will not seek a third term in office, amid opposition allegations that he planned to change the constitution to extend his rule. A Western ally in the fight against al Qaeda-linked Islamists in the Sahara, Abdel Aziz first came to power in a coup in 2008 and won a second five-year term in 2014. "I am neither ashamed nor afraid of asking to change the constitution for my personal interest.