Iraqi forces readied on Wednesday for an assault on Mosul airport after blitzing Daesh positions in a renewed offensive to retake the terror group's emblematic stronghold.
Iraq forces poised for Mosul airport assault
The Trump administration issued tough new orders for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, putting nearly all of the United States’ 11 million undocumented foreigners in its crosshairs.
US targets millions in sweeping deportation plan
Malaysian police on Wednesday named a North Korean diplomat along with a state airline official who are wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader.
Malaysia names North Korea diplomat wanted over Kim killing
Russia's foreign minister said Moscow is open for dialogue with the United States on safe zones in Syria, noting that any such initiative needs to be coordinated with the Syrian government.
Russia: Syria safe zones need to be agreed with Damascus
Bahrain police clashed with demonstrators following the death of a young activist who resisted arrest, witnesses said Wednesday, days after 20 people were detained across villages.
Clashes over death of activist in Bahrain police raid
Turkey's army is lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country, the state-run Anadolu Agency said Wednesday.
Turkey lifts ban on army officers wearing Islamic headscarf
A planned meeting between rival Cypriot leaders scheduled for Thursday was called off as a war of words over a nationalist commemoration in Greek Cypriot schools threatened reunification talks.
Cyprus peace talks called off amid mounting war of words
Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, a veteran diplomat known as a potent, savvy yet personable voice for his country's interests who could both spar and get along with his Western counterparts, died suddenly Monday after falling ill in his office at Russia's UN mission.
Russian UN Ambassador Churkin dies at 64
Iraqi forces were consolidating their gains south of Mosul on Tuesday ahead of moving into the city's Daesh-held western half, a military spokesman said, as civilians fled along the frontline to government-controlled areas.
Iraqi troops consolidate gains south of Mosul
Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the US to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President’s Day.
Thousands of demonstrators across US say ‘Not My President’

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