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Battle for Mosul: IS 'blows up' al-Nuri mosque

Battle for Mosul: IS 'blows up' al-Nuri mosque

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So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say.The historic landmark was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in 2014.However, IS claims that US aircraft destroyed the mosque, in a statement issued by its news outlet Amaq.The Iraqi commander in charge of the offensive to retake Mosul said troops were within 50m of the mosque when IS "committed another historical crime".Aerial photos appear to show that the mosque complex has been largely destroyed."As our Iraqi Security Force partners closed in on the al-Nuri mosque, [IS] destroyed one of Mosul and Iraq's great treasures," a senior US commander in Iraq said."This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organisatio...

South Korean leader says he shares 'common' goal with Trump

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June 20 (UPI) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he and U.S. President Donald Trump have something in common – a goal to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear program.In an interview with The Washington Post published Tuesday, the South Korean leader emphasized commonalities with Trump, who has called for an end to the era of "strategic patience" and a tougher approach to Pyongyang in the wake of missile provocations.The statement from Moon appeared to be addressing rising concerns in Washington the new South Korean administration could be at odds with the United States on critical issues like THAAD deployment, strategies in dealing with Kim Jong Un or even the future of the U.S.-South Korea alliance.Moon did say given the right conditions, he believes it would be a "good idea
Suspected suicide bomber shot at Brussels railway station

Suspected suicide bomber shot at Brussels railway station

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceBelgian soldiers have shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station, officials say.He was shot after reportedly setting off a small explosion and no-one else is believed to have been injured. Prosecutors say they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.In March 2016, 32 people were killed and at least 300 injured in attacks on Brussels claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.According to Belgian newspaper La Libre, quoting prosecutors, the man who was shot was wearing a rucksack and a bomb belt.He detonated a device when he attracted the attention of soldiers in the station, the paper says. Several Belgian media outlets quote witnesses as saying the man shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great" in Ara...

Indian government tells pregnant women to avoid meat, sex

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June 20 (UPI) -- The Indian government is giving health advice to women, including abstention from meat and sex. But doctors say it is dangerous and not based on science.India's Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy published a booklet for expectant mothers with advice it deems to be beneficial to the baby. In addition to no meat and sex, it encourages women to be more spiritual."Pregnant women should detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust. Avoid bad company and be with good people," the booklet says.Doctors in India derided the booklet for being potentially harmful to pregnancies and mothers' health."The advice is unscientific," said senior gynecologist and obstetrician Malavika Sabharwal of the Apollo Healthcare Group, according to the Hindustani...
US student held by North Korea dies after release

US student held by North Korea dies after release

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Otto Warmbier, the US student freed from a North Korean jail and in a coma for more than a year, has died. His parents said in a statement: "It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home."Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m."US President Donald Trump said on hearing the news that "bad things" happened in "brutal" North Korea but at least he died at home with his parents.Doctors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre said last week that the 22-year-old was suffering from injuries related to cardiopulmonary arrest and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness.Image:Mr Warmbier broke down as he was jailed in March 2016The University of Virginia student was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnat...