EU lawmakers: 2 Yazidi women win EU human rights prizeBRUSSELS (AP) ? Two Yazidi women who survived sexual enslavement by the Islamic State before escaping and becoming advocates for their people have won the EU's Sakharov Prize for human rights.
At Iraqi village, victory is fraught with risks in Mosul offensive
By Michael Georgy FADILIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga fighter Germad Yihya stood on a small berm overlooking a village where he said Islamic State militants had been defeated. A day earlier, a suicide bomber had rushed out of the thick green vegetation and killed five of his comrades after Kurdish forces had fought for 10 days to gain the upper hand in Fadiliya, where 1,000 people remain trapped, surrounded by roadside bombs. Iraqi and Kurdish forces have cleared more than 30 villages like Fadiliya during their offensive to drive Islamic State from its main Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, in what is expected to be the biggest battle in Iraq for more than a decade.
Samsung still stumped by charred Note 7s; heir joins board
Samsung Electronics is still trying to figure out why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were catching fire, the company said Thursday, as shareholders appointed the grandson of the company's founder to its ...
British economy defies fears of immediate Brexit growth hit
By William Schomberg and David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economic growth slowed only slightly in the three months after the Brexit vote, official data showed on Thursday defying warnings of a heavy hit and further diminishing the likelihood of the Bank of England cutting rates next week. The economy grew by 0.5 percent in the July-September period, less rapid than the unusually strong growth of 0.7 percent seen in the second quarter but comfortably above a median forecast of 0.3 percent in a Reuters poll of economists. Britain's dominant services industries provided all the growth, helped by a boom in the film and television sector as the latest releases in the Jason Bourne and Star Trek series hit the screens along with other blockbusters.
Pakistan bans protest and rallies in Islamabad for 2 months
ISLAMABAD (AP) ? The Pakistani government on Thursday banned all political meetings, rallies and protests in the capital, Islamabad, ahead of a planned opposition march against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Nov. 2.
British economy grows more than expected after Brexit vote
US general says 800-900 IS fighters killed in Mosul offensive
A US general told AFP on Thursday that between 800 and 900 Islamic State group fighters have been killed since the Iraqi-led operation to recapture Mosul from the jihadists began. "Just in the operations over the last week and a half associated with Mosul, we estimate they've probably killed about 800-900 Islamic State fighters," General Joseph Votel, who heads the US military's Central Command, said in an interview with AFP, speaking from an undisclosed location. Iraqi security forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters are pushing toward Mosul along several axes and have made relatively quick progress as they approach Mosul, Iraq's second city.
The Latest: UN prepares for chemical attacks in Iraq's MosulBAGHDAD (AP) ? The Latest on the conflict in Iraq (all times local):
Nigerian union says oil firms sack 3,000 workers, asks government to step in
Oil firms operating in Nigeria have sacked about 3,000 workers, a labour union official said on Wednesday, calling on the government to file a protest with foreign oil operators. "The government should call the multinationals to order. "So we want government to act.
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