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China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan

China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMore than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say.About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday).Rescue teams are frantically searching for survivors trapped beneath rocks.Pictures posted by the People's Daily newspaper show bulldozers moving earth and large boulders as the rescue effort continues.A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital after teams of workers used ropes to move large rocks while dozens of others searched the rubble, AFP news agency reports, citing local authorities.The landslide blocked a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) stretch of a river, Xinhua news agency...
Families plead with IS to leave bloody Mosul

Families plead with IS to leave bloody Mosul

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It is hard to appreciate how dreadful Mosul's old city has become.Families are being torn apart here and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. They are being murdered for just trying to live.On the edge of the old city a disused shop is an emergency room. Injured civilians targeted by Islamic State as they try to escape the fighting and the starvation are brought here.The walking survivors trudge their way up the road to safety carrying what they can.In the dilapidated shop doctors, foreign medics and volunteers struggle to deal with the influx of injured people.Video:Iraqi special forces battle on in MosulThey are ferried here on the bonnets of humvees and in the backs of trucks. They are bundled inside. On beds the medics get to work. The floor is awash with blood.The moaning and...
Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands

Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands

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Four Arab states have sent Qatar a list of 13 demands it must meet if it wants them to lift their sanctions.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are asking the Gulf state to shut down its broadcaster, Al Jazeera.They are also asking Qatar to reduce ties with Iran and close a Turkish military base - all within 10 days.Qatar, which sought to raise its profile in recent years, denies funding terrorism and fostering instability. It has been subjected to more than two weeks of unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions, in the worst political crisis among Gulf countries in decades. Qatar crisis deepens as Gulf allies dig inWhy Qatar is the focus of terrorism claimsFive surprising facts about QatarThere was no immediate response from Qatar but Foreign Minister Sheikh Mo...
Inside the fight for IS ‘capital’

Inside the fight for IS ‘capital’

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceSo-called Islamic State is defending its Syrian "capital" against a major offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters. The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse is one of the first reporters to reach the city.This has been a long and brutal road. Driving through the suburbs of Raqqa towards the centre, we pass collapsed buildings, hit by American air strikes, and pockmarked shop fronts, caught between the advance of the SDF and the retreating fighters who call themselves Islamic State (IS). As the SDF push forward, carts emerge, piled high with people and belongings, flying white flags. Some of these families sought refuge in Raqqa from other battles in Syria's long war, only to find themselves now back a...

Report: Canadian army sniper sets record for longest kill shot

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June 22 (UPI) -- A Canadian special elite forces member may have set a world record by killing a suspected insurgent in Iraq in Iraq with the world's longest kill shot, according to a report.The Globe and Mail reported that a member of Canada's Joint Task Force 2 set the world record for longest sniper shot to kill a human being. The unnamed sniper is said to have killed the suspected insurgent from a length of approximately 11,319 feet. The bullet traveled for 10 seconds before penetrating its target."The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces," a military source told the paper. "Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad ...