Thursday 21 August 2014

'We will drown all of you in blood': ISIS tells US

The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the US it will attack Americans "in any place" if the raids hit its militants. The video, which shows a photo


Dozens killed in attack on convoy in Ukraine

Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed as they fled fighting in eastern Ukraine on Monday when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said. Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels of targeting the convoy, which it said was bearing white f


US bars American airlines from flying over Syria

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying the ongoing conflict poses a "serious potential threat." The FAA had previously warned American carriers to avoid flying over Syria. The new rule requires operat


Israel, Palestinians extend Gaza truce by 24 hours

Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Monday to extend a Gaza truce by another 24 hours, minutes before an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was set to expire, officials on both sides said. Agreement was reached as gaps on key issues continued to dog efforts to achieve a long-term deal


Iraqi Kurds 'recapture' strategic Mosul dam

Iraqi Kurdish forces said they had recaptured the country's biggest dam from Islamic State militants on Monday, although an employee at the site said jihadist fighters still controlled key points on the vulnerable structure. Hoshiyar Zebari - a Kurd who has been foreign minis


Oil prices sink to lowest since June 2013

Oil fell below $102 a barrel to its lowest in over a year on Monday as investor concerns over conflict in Ukraine and Iraq eased, and as higher Libyan oil output added to already ample supplies. Crude jumped on Friday after the government in Kiev said its artillery had partially


No sign of Gaza breakthrough as ceasefire nears end

Talks in Cairo on ending the Gaza war showed no signs of a breakthrough on Monday, with Israel and the Palestinians entrenched in their demands hours before the expiration of a five-day ceasefire. The truce is due to run out at 2100 GMT. A Palestinian source quoted by Egypt's


Russia may ban car imports if hit with new sanctions

Russia may tighten retaliatory sanctions against Western nations to include a ban on imports of cars, if the United States and the European Union impose additional sanctions on Moscow, daily newspaper Vedomosti reported on Monday. The impact of the measure on many foreign automak


Iraqi forces aim to recapture Mosul

Iraqi forces are planning an assault on the northern city of Mosul, hoping to retake it from Islamic State fighters, the spokesman for the country's counter-terrorism unit said on Monday. "The new tactic of launching a quick attack shrouded by secrecy proved successful a


Brent falls below $103 on higher Libyan output

Brent crude fell below $103 a barrel on Monday as Libya increased its oil output and as worries over supply from key producer Iraq eased. The drop came following a jump of more than $1 a barrel in benchmark prices on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday amid fresh tensions in Ukr

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