Monday 24 October 2016

IS sets Iraq chemical plant on fire, hundreds hit by toxic fumes

Hundreds of people in Iraq are being treated for the effects of toxic gases after a sulphur plant was set alight in fighting with the Islamic State militants. The US military said IS fighters set the plant on fire earlier this week, as they fled an advance by pro-government force


Syrian army responsible for 3rd chemical attack, says UN report

An international inquiry conducted by United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has declared that the Syrian government carried out a third chemical attack in the conflict-wracked nation last year. The group'


Iraqi forces advance despite stiff resistance

Advancing Iraqi-led forces met with stiff resistance on day four of their battle to liberate the city of Mosul from two years of ISIS rule, reports said. However, they have made sweeping gains, recapturing at least 100 sq km of territory, a CNN report said. Iraqi M


Microsoft shares soar on better-than-expected result

Software giant Microsoft delievered better-than-expected quarterly profits of  $4.7 billion for the three months to September, sending its shares to an all-time high. The figure compares with $4.9 billion a year earlier. Revenue was $20.45 billion compared with $20.38 billio


Trump, Clinton clash in final presidential debate

US Presidential candidate Republican Donald Trump said the final presidential debate in Las Vegas that if he loses the election, he might consider the outcome illegitimate because the process is rigged. used the high-profile setting of here Wednesday night to amplify one of the m


Man held over hoax bomb threats in Denmark

Danish police have arrested a man suspected of making a spate of bomb hoaxes that forced the evacuation of two provincial airports and two malls on Monday, the IB Times UK reported. The suspect was held in Slagelse, a town about 100km west of Copenhagen, police said in a


Iraq pro-govt forces make gains in Mosul battle

Iraqi pro-government forces have made gains at the start of a large-scale operation to retake Mosul, the last major stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) in the country, a report said. Iraqi government troops and Kurdish fighters launched their push towards the city in the early h

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