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US continues air strikes against IS forces in Iraq

Washington: US military forces continued to attack the Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct five air strikes Monday and Tuesday in support of Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha Dam, a statement said.

According to the statement released by the US Central Command, in total, the strikes destroyed or damaged eight IS armed vehicles, two of which were transporting anti-aircraft artillery, five IS vehicles, and one IS transport vehicle, xinhua reported.

China wants more strategic trust with US

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping met US President Barack Obama's national security advisor Susan Rice here Tuesday and called for more strategic trust between the two countries.

"It has become more important than ever for China and the United States to work with each other as the international situation continues to undergo profound and complex changes," Xinhua quoted Xi as saying during the meeting.

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30 mn children out of school in conflict-hit countries: Unicef

New York : Almost 30 million children are out of school in emergency or conflict-affected countries following the targeting of schools and the displacement of millions of children forced from their homes and studies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) said.

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External force caused MH17 crash: Dutch investigators

The Hague : An external force caused the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to crash in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch Safety Board investigating the disaster said in its first report Tuesday.

"The Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines plane broke into pieces, presumably due to structural damage to the unit caused by a large number of objects piercing the plane with high speed," the Board said.

There are no indications that the crash was caused by a technical failure or by actions of the crew, Xinhua reported citing the report.

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Norway calls for ending Gaza blockade, reconstruction

Gaza: Norway Monday called for ending the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and for an immediate restoration of the coastal enclave.

In a joint news conference held in the enclave with Mofeed Hasayna, the minister of public work and housing in the Palestinian unity government, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende told reporters that the world and Israel "bear the responsibility of the hard situation in Gaza", Xinhua reported.

Obama vows continued cooperation with Iraq

Washington: US President Barack Obama Monday pledged continued "close" cooperation with Iraq on combating the Islamic State (IS) militant group as the Middle East country's parliament okayed a new government.

In a phone conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al- Abadi, Obama congratulated him on the approval of a new "broad- based" cabinet, stressing the need for the two countries to "continue working closely with the international community to build on recent actions to counter the threat" posed by the group, Xinhua quoted the White House as saying in a statement.

EU adopts new package of sanctions against Russia

Brussels: The European Union (EU) announced a new package of sanctions against Russia Monday.

The European Council, the body that convenes the leaders of EU member states to give policy direction, said in a statement that a package of further restrictive measures against Russia has been adopted through written procedure, meaning those measures are ready to come into force, Xinhua reported.

European Council President Herman van Rompuy explained in the statement that "the sanctions aim at promoting a change of course in Russia's actions destabilising eastern Ukraine ..."

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Activists plan worldwide march on global warming

London : Thousands of activists are expected to participate in a march in New York, London and eight other cities worldwide, including Delhi, to pressure world leaders to take action on global warming, ahead of a major summit on climate change this month, a British daily reported Monday.

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Number of Ebola cases in Nigeria hits 19

Lagos : The Nigerian government Monday said the country has recorded another Ebola case in southwest Lagos state, bringing the total number of Ebola cases to 19 with seven fatalities.

Onyebuchi Chukwu, the country's minister of health, told reporters in capital Abuja that 10 others have recovered after treatment, with the rest being treated, Xinhua reported.

The new case is the fiance of one of the primary contacts of the index case, Patrick Sawyer.

The late Sawyer is the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation late July.

Israeli foreign ministry urges force deployment in Gaza

Jerusalem: The Israeli foreign ministry had proposed the deployment of an international force in the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, a daily said here Sunday.

According to the Ha'aretz daily, the proposal, submitted in a document to a security cabinet meeting Aug 21, called for an international force to be deployed in the strip to help make sure Hamas would not re-arm itself and that funds would go to the rehabilitation of the enclave, which was badly hit by the 7-week operation, Xinhua reported.

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