"Libyan Coast Guard" craft attacks migrant boat, at least 4 dead - Sea-Watch NGOThe crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, a humanitarian group said on Friday. The Germany-based Sea-Watch group, which is one of several non-governmental organisations operating vessels off the coast of Libya, said the speedboat swooped in just as they were about to go to the aid of the overcrowded rubber boat. "The violent intervention of the Libyan Coast Guard caused a situation of mass panic on board the rubber boat in distress," Sea-Watch said in a statement.
Canada walks out of trade talks with EU
Canada walked out of talks meant to save a trade deal with the European Union on Friday, unable to break a deadlock with a small Belgian region that was holding off next week's official signature. The ...
BAT offers to buy U.S. tobacco firm Reynolds in $47 billion deal
British American Tobacco has offered to buy out U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc in a $47 billion takeover that would create the world's biggest listed tobacco company with brands including Newport, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall. The cash-and-stock deal would mark the return of BAT to the lucrative and highly regulated U.S. market after a 12-year absence, making it the only tobacco giant with a leading presence in American and international markets. A Reynolds takeover by BAT, which already owns 42 percent of the U.S. group, has long been seen as part of an inevitable wave of global consolidation in a mature industry.
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)
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.
Rams confident of success against Giants, Beckham in London
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 ...