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Obama asks Congress for Islamic State war powers WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for its backing to fight the Islamic State group without geographical limits, but with curbs on the use of ground forces.Tantamount to a declaration of war, the authority would allow Obama to prosecute the fight against the jihadist group on a firmer legal basis, while providing political cover at home.It signals a ramping up of pressure on IS -- which now controls swaths of Syria and Iraq -- as the Iraqi government prepares for a major ground offensive, expected within months.But intensive negotiations with US lawmakers forced the White House to limit Obama's power to deploy the military in both form and scope.The text "does not authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces in enduring offensive ground combat operations," the text sent Congress read.That does not rule out special forces operations, but does preclude a ground invasion or peace ...

US aid worker held by IS dead, Obama confirms WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday confirmed the death of US hostage Kayla Mueller, as warplanes from Gulf ally the United Arab Emirates rejoined the battle against her captors from the Islamic State group.Obama vowed that Washington would hunt down the militants it held responsible for the 26-year-old aid worker's death, as her family spoke of their heartbreak at losing "a free spirit.""No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring ...
Right-to-die ruling signals tough stance by Canada's top court TORONTO/OTTAWA: A landmark decision to overturn a ban on physician-assisted suicide by Canada's top court shows it could take a tough stance on federal government legislation, including security and citizenship bills, that challenge the boundaries of the country's rights-based constitution. Academics and lawyers said that even though right-leaning Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed 7 of its 9 justices since he became prime minister in 2006, the Supreme Court is proving to be a stern ...
Obama confirms death of US hostage held by Islamic State WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday confirmed the death of Kayla Jean Mueller, who had been held by the Islamic State in Syria."No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla's captivity and death," he said in a statement.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
NASA selects tiny research satellites for future missions ISLAMABAD: NASA has selected more than dozen small research satellites that could fit in the palm of your hand to fly in space on future rocket launches.Called CubeSats, these cube-shaped nanosatellites are small but pack an outsized research punch, Zee news reported.They will enable unique technology demonstrations, education research and science missions and will study topics ranging from how the solar system formed to the demonstration of a new radiation-tolerant computer system, the US space ...
Gunmen kill five at Mexico house party CIUDAD JUAREZ: Gunmen stormed a house party in Mexico's Ciudad Juarez early Sunday, killing five people and wounding six, local police said."They came to the party and four men with guns started shooting people who were outside the house," said a local police chief who requested anonymity.There were about 30 people at the party, including women and children, the chief said.Four people were killed in the street and one person was killed inside the home ...
Five people killed in US shooting WASHINGTON: A US gunman opened fire at a house near Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, killing four people and wounding two children including relatives in a domestic dispute before turning the gun on himself.A total of seven people were shot in the case in Douglasville, west of Atlanta, said Lieutenant Glenn Daniel of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office."It was a domestic situation," Daniel told AFP, adding that the shooter was a man, and that the two ...


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