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ISIL abducts 500 children in Iraq

ISIL has kidnapped about 500 children in Iraq’s Anbar and Diyala provinces, local officials said Saturday. “ISIL has kidnapped at least 400 children in the western province of Anbar, and

America

Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide

In an alley in Denver, police gunned down a 17-year-old girl joyriding in a stolen car. In the backwoods of North Carolina, police opened fire on a gun-wielding moonshiner. And

Africa

Deadly violence in northeast Nigeria

A suicide bombing killed 26 people inside a mosque in northeast Nigeria’s city of Maiduguri on Saturday, hours after Boko Haram launched a separate attack, on the first full day

Asia and Oceania

No relief from India heatwave as death toll reaches 20-year high

India’s blistering heatwave will continue for at least another 48 hours, weather officials have said, raising the possibility that the death toll could reach 2,000. About 1,800 people are thought

Asia and Oceania

15 wounded in mosque attack at Philippine police camp

Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a mosque at police camp on a remote Philippine island long plagued by Islamic militancy, officials said on

Africa

Renewed fighting in northern Mali forces 57,000 to flee their homes

The UN refugee agency, citing government figures, on Friday said renewed fighting between armed groups in the Gao, Mopti and Timbuktu areas of northern Mali in the past four weeks

International

UN General Assembly calls for an immediate halt to ‘wanton’ destruction of Iraq’s cultural heritage

The United Nations General Assembly today expressed outrage that attacks on Iraq’s cultural heritage are being used as a tactic of war to spread terror and hatred, “a new phenomenon,”

Asia and Oceania

U.N. council has first-ever briefing on rights in Myanmar

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar, focusing on the dire situation of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority,

Middle East

No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey

When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south

America

At least 108 people shot over three days in Chicago, Baltimore and New York

At least 108 people were shot across three of America’s most crime-plagued cities during the holiday weekend, as violent new highs from a nationwide gun epidemic intersected with outcries over