U.S. troops at Iraq base use protective masks over burning sulfurBAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces at Iraq's Qayyarah West airfield near Mosul are wearing protective masks after winds brought fumes from a nearby burning sulfur plant set ablaze by Islamic State, U.S. military officials said on Saturday. "The winds have actually shifted south, so, as a precautionary measure, the troops at Qayyarah West have donned their personal protective equipment ? continuing their operations at this point in time," an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ...
Security forces end IS assault on Iraqi oil city, State TV saysBAGHDAD (Reuters) - Security forces overcame a big assault by Islamic State militants in Kirkuk and regained full control of the northern Iraqi oil city on Saturday, Iraqi state TV said. The city's authorities partially lifted a curfew declared after the militants stormed police stations and other buildings on Friday before dawn, the TV channel added, citing its own correspondent in Kirkuk. (Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
Iraq forces in fierce Kirkuk clashes with IS, 46 dead
Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Security forces battled for a second day Saturday with Islamic State gunmen who infiltrated the northern city of Kirkuk in a brazen raid that rattled Iraq as it ramped up an offensive to retake Mosul.
Appeal of women's soccer growing, FIFA chief says in Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) ? The U-17 Women's World Cup hosted by Jordan shows that the sport "is not only confined to some parts of the world," FIFA's president said after watching North Korea win the title in a 5-4 penalty shootout against Japan.
New Zealand crush Australia for record 18th straight win
Wounded await evacuation on day three of Aleppo truce
Hundreds of wounded civilians were stranded in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo Saturday after the UN said security concerns had prevented evacuation convoys even as Russia extended a ceasefire into a third day. An AFP photographer in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood at one of the crossings over the front line the army has set up for evacuations said it was deserted on Saturday morning. The United Nations had hoped to use the ceasefire to evacuate seriously wounded people, and possibly deliver aid.
Last-ditch talks aim to save EU-Canada trade deal
The head of the European parliament and Canada's trade minister held last-ditch talks Saturday aimed at salvaging a trade deal threatened by a Belgian region's refusal to sign on. EU assembly chief Martin Schulz also planned an 11th-hour huddle with Paul Magnette, head of Wallonia's socialist government which is blocking the agreement between Ottawa and the 28-nation European Union. The Brussels meetings are aimed at "reviving CETA talks.
U.S. citizens urged to defer travel to Ethiopia -State Department
The U.S. State Department urged U.S. citizens on Friday to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia because of ongoing unrest that has killed hundreds of people, led to thousands of arrests and prompted restrictions on diplomatic travel. The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency on Oct. 8 and issued a decree on Oct. 15 that permitted the arrest of individuals without court order for some routine activities like attending gatherings and engaging with foreign organizations, the State Department said.
South Africa to quit troubled UN war crimes court
By Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa said on Friday it was quitting the International Criminal Court (ICC) because membership conflicted with diplomatic immunity laws, dealing a new blow to the struggling court and angering the political opposition. Pretoria last year announced its intention to leave after the ICC criticised it for disregarding an ICC order to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of genocide and war crimes, when he visited South Africa. Bashir has denied the accusations.
Cameroon train derails; at least 55 dead, hundreds injuredBy Sylvain Andzongo ESEKA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Fourteen people remained trapped on Friday under the wreckage of a packed passenger train that derailed en route between Cameroon's two largest cities, killing at least 55 and injuring 575, the government said in a communique read on state television. The Camrail inter-city train was travelling from the capital, Yaounde, to the port city of Douala when the accident occurred around 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) near the train station in the town of Eseka, around 120 km (75 miles) west of the capital. Before its departure from Yaounde, he said that a railway employee said additional wagons had been added to the train to accommodate extra passengers, though it was unclear if that played a role in the accident.