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US troops meet refugees on besieged Iraq mountain: Pentagon WASHINGTON: A small party of US troops were flown onto Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq on Wednesday to assess the situation of thousands of civilian refugees besieged by Islamist militants, the Pentagon said.A US military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that the special forces soldiers had returned safely to base. "They had contacts with the refugees. They went back to Arbil," he said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes southwest Mexico OAXACA: A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the southwest Mexican state of Oaxaca on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.The quake had a depth of 10 km and its epicentre was 16 km (10 miles) west of the town of Pinotepa Nacional.A magnitude 5.8 quake is capable of causing considerable damage.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Haiti captures 19 fugitives after hundreds flee jail PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti's prime minister said Tuesday that 19 fugitives had been captured after more than 300 escaped during a jailbreak at a high-security prison near the nation's capital over the weekend.The prisoners fled the jail following a mutiny that erupted on Sunday, a spokesman for Haiti's national police said.Among those back in custody was Clifford Brandt, "an influential businessman arrested in 2012 for kidnapping for ransom," Laurent Lamothe told AFP.He said Brandt and three of ...
Twitter unveils video ads SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Tuesday unveiled a new advertising program that delivers "promoted videos" to the tweet stream of users of the popular messaging platform.The new program adds to the source of advertising revenue for Twitter, which has struggled to convince investors it is on a path to profitability."By using Promoted Video, it's easy for brands to upload and distribute video on Twitter, and to measure the reach and effectiveness of this content," product manager ...
American with suspected militants allegiance arrested in NY NEW YORK: An American who tweet his allegiance to the leader of Islamic State militants was arrested at New York's JFK airport last week, officials said on Monday. Donald Ray Morgan was taken into custody on August 2 upon his arrival from Frankfurt, according to documents filed in a federal court in Brooklyn. A spokesperson for prosecutors said the 44-year-old ex-convict was arrested in connection with a North Carolina indictment and charged with "being a ...
US stresses support for Iraq president WASHINGTON: The United States threw its weight behind Iraqi President Fuad Masum Sunday after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on state television he would be filing a complaint against Masum and as security forces massed in the capital."The United States fully supports President Fuad Masum in his role as guarantor of the Iraqi Constitution," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement, echoing an earlier comment made on Twitter by Deputy Assistant Secretary of ...
Dozens of inmates flee after Haiti jailbreak PORT-AU-PRINCE: A jailbreak Sunday at a high-security prison near Haiti's capital left dozens of inmates on the loose, police authorities said.The escape came after a mutiny erupted in the jail, a spokesman for Haiti's national police said."It was a spectacular escape. There was no battle. A hundred inmates fled the prison," a lawmaker on the scene told reporters."We were able to catch 13 escapees," said police spokesman Garry Desrosier, adding authorities were still searching for ...

 



 
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