U.S.: Airstrike kills ISIS commanders

U.S.: Airstrike kills ISIS commanders

The June 25 airstrike near Mosul killed ISIS’ deputy minister of war, Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, and Hatim Talib al-Hamduni, a military commander in the area, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. Bajari oversaw ISIS’ efforts to capture Mosul in June 2014, Cook said. “These deaths are the latest in coalition efforts to systemically eliminate ISIL’s cabinet wherever they hide, disrupting their ability to plot external terror attacks and hold onto the territory they use to claim legitimacy. The international coalition fighting ISIL, working with local, capable, and motivated forces…

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Australians vote in tight race for PM

Australians vote in tight race for PM

Polling ahead of the vote suggested a tight race between the center-right Coalition government and the center-left Labor Party, as the final national Ipsos survey showed the parties evenly matched. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who ousted former leader Tony Abbott in a partyroom coup in September 2015, has been fighting for his political life against Labor leader Bill Shorten during a two-month election campaign, which is unusually long for Australia. Voting opened at 8 a.m. local time across the country (8 p.m. ET) and will close at 6 p.m., except…

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Gunmen storm Bangladesh cafe; ISIS claims terror attack

Gunmen storm Bangladesh cafe; ISIS claims terror attack

ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attack, according to Amaq, an ISIS media branch, but some officials cast doubt on the claim. As police exchanged fire with the gunmen, the attackers threw explosives at officers, a source at the scene said. • At about 8:30 p.m. local time Friday, gunmen attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery, a cafe popular with expats. After they entered the restaurant, they took the people inside hostage, cafe owner Sumon Reza told CNN. Reza said he managed to escape as six to eight gunmen entered. About…

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Major parties prepare for battle on election day

Major parties prepare for battle on election day

Posted July 02, 2016 00:00:37 After 55 days of an election campaign filled with promises, slogans, insults, photo opportunities and unplanned gaffes, millions of Australian voters will finally have their say today. Key points: Recent polls show two major parties are neck-and-neck Turnbull to vote in Sydney’s Wentworth, Shorten to vote in Melbourne’s Maribyrnong Polls close at 6pm The most recent opinion polls show the two major parties are neck-and-neck after eight weeks of campaigning, with one survey showing most voters think the Coalition, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,…

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World stocks rise in post-Brexit recovery (AFP)

World stocks rise in post-Brexit recovery (AFP)

AFPon July 1, 2016, 10:01 pm Asian markets set to end week on a high Hong Kong (AFP) – Global stocks rose Friday, with the London market now in a much better place than before Britain’s vote to leave the EU, and others firmly on road to recovery. Asian stocks led the way, ending the week with another rally on optimism that central banks globally will step up to support growth in the face of uncertainty caused by Britain’s vote. Wall Street was slightly firmer in early New York business….

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