Iraq

RAMADI, Iraq — A total of 43 people were killed on Wednesday in clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants and airstrikes by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition aircraft in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, a government statement and a provincial security source said. Iraq

The security forces and allied militias known as Hashd Shaabi, or popular mobilization, carried out an offensive against the positions of IS militants in areas located in northwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and near the IS-held town of Garma, some 40 km west of Baghdad, said a statement from Baghdad Operations Command (B.O.C.). (Iraq-IS-Clashes)
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BAGHDAD — An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced 24 defendants to death penalty over charges of killing about 1,700 soldiers when the Islamic State (IS) militants seized the city of Tikrit, the capital of Salahudin province, in June 2014, judicial spokesman said.
“The Central Criminal Court issued a verdict on Wednesday to execute 24 defendants by hanging after proved they were involved in Speicher massacre,” said Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council. (Iraq-IS-Sentence)
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GHARDAIA, Algeria — Up to 21 people were killed and hundreds others injured in ethnic clashes between Berber and Arab communities in Algeria’ southern province of Ghardaia, local sources told Xinhua Wednesday.
The clashes erupted when a group of unknown youngsters with knives and firearms assailed a private bus. The overnight clashes continued until dawn, a security source said. (Algeria-Clashes)
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KHARTOUM — South Sudan’s parliament on Wednesday officially extended for three years the term of office for President Salva Kiir Mayardit, a spokesman said.
The parliament has decided to extend the term of President Salva Kiir Mayardit for three years after lawmakers voted on that matter last March, Thomas Wani, South Sudan’s parliament spokesman, told Xinhua. (South Sudan-Presidency-Term) Enditem

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