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Turkey: Car bomb kills soldiers after Suruc massacre

July 27, 2015
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Florida Statesman    

"Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in a car bomb attack on a military convoy in the south-east of the country, according to Turkish officials, who confirmed a further four were wounded. The car bomb attack occurred late on Saturday in the town of Lice in Diyarbakir, the province governor's office said." (07/27/15)

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Turkey: Regime couples IS bombing runs with striking Kurdish targets

July 27, 2015
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Westfield Republican    

"Turkey's sudden willingness to join the fight against the Islamic State group is a sign that it's afraid of losing clout with the U.S., but its second front against Kurdish rebels in Iraq on Saturday could complicate Washington's war. For months, Ankara had been reluctant to join the U.S.-led coalition against IS despite gains made by the extremist group on Turkey's doorstep." (07/26/15)

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Somalia: Suicide truck bomb hits hotel, kills nine

July 27, 2015
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"A suicide bomber rammed a truck rigged with explosives into the blast walls around one of Mogadishu's most secure hotels, severely damaging the building and killing nine people including a Chinese diplomat, Somalia's foreign minister said Sunday. Abdisalam Omer told The Associated Press by phone from Djibouti that a Kenyan diplomat was also wounded in the attack." (07/26/15)

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Yemen: Five-day humanitarian ceasefire starts

July 27, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Saudi-led coalition airstrikes came to a halt in Yemen early Monday after a five-day humanitarian truce went into effect, witnesses and security officials said. However, ground fighting broke out almost immediately in the restive city of Taiz following random shelling by Shiite Houthi rebels in three neighborhoods, they said." (07/26/15)

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Mexico: Police bust greenhouses with genetically modified pot

July 27, 2015
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"Federal authorities in Mexico say they arrested 22 Colombians and three Mexicans using greenhouses to grow genetically modified and cloned marijuana. A Sunday statement issued by the federal police says the operation in the northern state of Jalisco consisted of three greenhouses each of 2,000 square meters (20,000 square feet)." (07/26/15)

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Egypt: Military says roadside bomb kills four troops in Sinai

July 24, 2015
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"A roadside bombing in Egypt's restive northern Sinai killed at least four troops on Thursday, military and security officials said, in an attack that was claimed by an Islamic State affiliate. The bomb went off when an armored military vehicle was combing an area around the border village of el-Mahdiya, close to the town of Rafah, which borders Gaza Strip, according to the Egyptian military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir." (07/23/15)

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Nigeria: Bombs kill 53 as Buhari says US hampering fight

July 24, 2015
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Uniontown Herald-Standard    

"Bomb blasts blamed on Boko Haram killed 29 people in Nigeria and 24 in Cameroon, officials said Thursday after Nigeria's new president warned that the U.S. refusal to sell his country strategic weapons is 'aiding and abetting' the Islamic extremist group. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency called Thursday for urgent blood donations to treat 105 wounded people, according to spokesman Sani Datti." (07/23/15)

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Mexico: Gunmen stage attack, killing seven

July 24, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Mexican officials say seven people have been killed in an ambush in a restive southern state. A statement from Guerrero state prosecutors says 10 to 15 armed men attacked a group of civilians Wednesday night in the town of Zitlala, near the city of Chilapa." (07/23/15)

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Turkey: Kurds link murders of two police to blast that killed 32

July 23, 2015
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San Luis Obispo Tribune    

"A Kurdish guerrilla group claimed Wednesday that it executed two Turkish police officers, accusing the officers of collaborating with the Islamic State to pull off a suicide bombing that targeted Kurdish and Turkish activists earlier this week. The statement by a unit of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, linking the officers to the Monday blast that killed at least 32 in the border city of Suruc mixed two volatile parts of Turkey’s incendiary political scene." (07/22/15)

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Iraq: Officials say Baghdad market bombings kill 26 people

July 23, 2015
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Indian River Press Journal    

"A pair of car bombs exploded Wednesday at crowded popular markets in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 26 people and wounding 58, authorities said. The first explosion took place in the impoverished neighborhood of al-Bayaa in southwestern Baghdad, a police official said. The blast killed at least 18 people and wounded 36, the official said." (07/22/15)

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Cameroon: Suicide bombers kill 20

July 23, 2015
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Tuscaloosa News    

"At least 20 bodies have been found in northern Cameroon's regional capital of Maroua after two suicide bombers blew themselves up on Wednesday in a busy marketplace and a popular neighborhood. Cameroon, which borders Nigeria and has contributed troops to the multinational force fighting the Boko Haram Islamic extremist rebels there, has been repeatedly attacked by the insurgency as recently as Monday." (07/22/15)

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Chile: Seven military members held in 1986 death of US resident

July 23, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Seven former members of the Chilean military have been arrested in the fatal burning of a 19-year-old U.S. resident who was killed in a 1986 protest against the military dictatorship then in power. The two former officers and five former noncommissioned officers were taken into custody Tuesday night after judge Mario Carroza issued the arrest order." (07/22/15)

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Top US Navy commander asserts rights of nations over South China Sea

July 23, 2015
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Baton Rouge Post    

"The US Navy's top commander in the Pacific Adm. Scott Swift said Tuesday that his forces will keep flying patrols over contested islands in the South China Sea despite China's objections. 'Where there are disputed claims, we don't take a position,' said Adm. Scott Swift, who took over as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in May. 'But we will continue to exercise the rights of the United States and any nation to conduct operations in international waters.'" (07/22/15)

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Syria: Three Spanish reporters missing in war-torn Aleppo

July 22, 2015
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Bismarck Tribune    

"Three Spanish freelance journalists who traveled to Syria to report amid the country's long-running civil war have gone missing around the embattled northern city of Aleppo, a Spanish journalism association said Tuesday, the latest ensnared in the world's most dangerous assignment for reporters. The disappearance of Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre, presumed to be working together, comes as most media organizations have pulled out of Syria, especially with the rise of the extremist Islamic State group." (07/21/15)

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Nigerian leader: Forces ready soon to take on Boko Haram

July 22, 2015
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Redding Record Searchlight    

"Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday a multinational African force will be in place within 10 days to take the fight to the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram that has killed thousands and was behind the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls. Buhari predicted in an interview with The Associated Press that Boko Haram would be defeated in 18 months or less." (07/21/15)

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OH: Man charged with supporting Islamic State pleads not guilty

July 22, 2015
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Lebanon Daily News    

"An Ohio man accused of trying to recruit people to join the Islamic State terror group has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in a Cleveland courtroom. Thirty-eight-year-old Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi entered his plea at a hearing Tuesday. No bond was set and he remains in federal custody." (07/21/15)

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Venezuela: Two military officers arrested for drug trafficking

July 22, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Two retired Venezuelan military officers sought on drug trafficking charges have been arrested, authorities announced. An anti-narcotics task force arrested former National Guard Capt. Vassyly Villarroel Ramirez on Monday, according to a statement released by the Interior Ministry. Ramirez was named in an Interpol alert and has been classified as a drug kingpin in 2013 by the U.S. Treasury Department." (07/21/15)

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Cuba raises flag at embassy in US

July 21, 2015
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Columbus Dispatch    

"Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington, signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba relations. In sweltering heat and humidity, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez presided over the flag-raising ceremony hours after full diplomatic relations with the United States were restored at the stroke of midnight when an agreement to resume normal ties took effect." (07/20/15)

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Burundi set for presidential poll amid political unrest

July 21, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Burundi is set to hold a presidential election Tuesday amid unrest over incumbent President Pierre Nkuruniziza's bid for a third term in office. Fears have been rife that the polls may trigger violence. A grenade exploded in Bujumbura, the capital's central business district Monday but did not wound anyone, said Deputy Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye." (07/20/15)

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US, Cuba set to “reboot” relations more than decades after split

July 20, 2015
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag is set to fly outside the country's diplomatic mission in the United States for the first time since the countries severed ties in 1961. While no formal ceremony is planned Monday for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, it too will become a full-fledged embassy just after midnight as the Cold War foes formally enter a new era of engagement despite what remains a deep ideological gulf." (07/19/15)

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Yemen: Shiite shelling near Aden kills at least 45

July 20, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Shiite rebels [sic] and their allies in Yemen randomly shelled a town Sunday outside of Aden after losing control of some the port city's neighborhoods, killing at least 45 people and wounding 120, officials said. The violence highlighted the bloody chaos of the civil war [sic] gripping the Arab world's poorest country, which also has been the target of Saudi-led, U.S.-backed airstrikes since late March." (07/19/15)

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US-led airdrops shower leaflets over Islamic State territory

July 20, 2015
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Beloit Daily News    

"A U.S.-led coalition dropped new leaflets over the de facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, promising those below that 'freedom will come' to the region, activists said Sunday. An anti-Islamic State group called Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the leaflets had drawings showing dead extremists and their flag turned upside down." (07/19/15)

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Russia: Putin orders creation of reserve army

July 20, 2015
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Chicago Chronicle    

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a new reserve armed force to be created to improve training and military readiness at a time of increased tensions with the West over Ukraine. The new reserve force has been in discussion for several years and was first ordered by Putin in 2012 shortly after his re-election as President, with the latest decree published late on Friday." (07/19/15)

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Moldova: 800 troops from US, Europe take part in exercises

July 20, 2015
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Omaha World    

"Some 800 troops from Moldova, the U.S., Romania, Poland and Georgia are taking part in joint military exercises in Moldova, a former Soviet republic that borders Ukraine. The 'Joint Effort 2015' exercises began Sunday and will run until July 25 at a military base in Moldova's second-largest city of Balti, where many ethnic Russians live." (07/19/15)

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China: Regime deports 20 foreigners for watching “terrorist” videos

July 20, 2015
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Virginia Gazette    

"China has deported 20 foreigners from Britain, South Africa and India for watching video clips that advocated terrorism and religious extremism, the official state media reported, while two of the tourists reportedly blamed their detentions on a documentary about Genghis Khan. Xinhua News Agency said late Saturday that the foreigners watched an unspecified documentary in a hotel room and later some of them watched video clips that advocated terrorism." (07/19/15)

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