Global stocks steady, dollar rises ahead of US GDP data
Global stock markets were steady and the dollar made further gains Friday ahead of a report on U.S. economic growth in July-September. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX edged down 0.3 percent to 10,687 while ...
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UN has reports IS using 1,000s as 'human shields' in MosulBERLIN (AP) ? The Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of civilians in and around Mosul as "human shields," the United Nations' human rights office said Friday.
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UN: IS using tens of thousands as human shields in Mosul
QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) ? The Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of people as "human shields" in and around Mosul, where Iraqi forces are waging a large-scale offensive aimed at retaking the country's second largest city, the U.N. human rights office said Friday.
Syria rebels launch assault to break Aleppo siege
Syrian opposition fighters on Friday launched a major assault on government forces to break a months-long siege of rebel-held neighbourhoods of the battered city of Aleppo. Rebel groups including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham faction and former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front fired waves of rockets into government-held western Aleppo, killing at least 15 civilians, a monitor said. The rebels also targeted government positions east of Aleppo city and in the coastal province of Latakia, including the Hmeimim military base that is used by Russian forces allied with the regime.
Syria says U.S.-led coalition wants Islamic State fighters to leave Iraq for SyriaMOSCOW (Reuters) - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said on Monday a U.S.-led coalition was encouraging Islamic State fighters to move from Iraq to Syria. Speaking after talks with his Russian and Iranian counterparts in Moscow, Muallem said the coalition wanted the fighters to move from Iraq's Mosul to Syria's Raqqa, the de facto capital of the radical Sunni group in Syria. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Maria Tsvetkova; editing by Jack Stubbs)
Yemen's Houthis launch missile toward Saudi holy city, coalition saysYemen's Houthi militia launched a ballistic missile toward Mecca on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war on behalf of the government said in a statement. Coalition forces destroyed the missile 65 km (40 miles) from the holy city before it could do any damage, and retaliated against the launch site inside Yemen, said the statement, carried on the state news agency SPA. Mecca is home to the most sacred sites in Islam, including the Grand Mosque.
Russia's Lavrov says Marshall plan needed for SyriaMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday a Marshall plan was needed for Syria, similar to a Western agreement to help post-war Germany. Speaking after talks with his Syrian and Iranian counterparts in Moscow, Lavrov said unlawful sanctions against Syria would harm its civilian population and there was no alternative to a political solution to the country's civil war. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Maria Tsvetkova; editing by Jack Stubbs)