Iraqi forces move to surround Mosul's Old City, held by IS

The operation came as the Iraqi security forces, backed by anti-IS global coalition, are carrying out a major offensive to dislodge IS militants from their major stronghold in the western side of Mosul in northern Iraq. "I say that the rest of Mosul will be liberated before the holy month of Ramadan", he added. Geneva: As many as 450,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul's Old City, caught up in house-to-house fighting between ISIS and Iraqi government forces and cut off from aid, the ...

Stock On the Run: The Wendy's Company (WEN)

Previously, the company projected the same to be around $396-$404 million, an increase of 1-3% compared with 2016. The meal and other promotions have helped the burger chain attract diners amid a drop in grocery prices in recent months, which is encouraging more people to cook at home.

ELECTION: 43 Liberals to rule as minority vs NDP's 41, three Greens

The murmer of media preparing for election fury is the only sound at Green Party headquarters at 7:30 p.m. on election night. With the vote count not complete, the Liberals, which are not linked to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's federal Liberal Party, had won 43 seats in the 87-seat provincial legislature.

The local election results summed up in 6 handy graphics

Alan Rhodes, who was the Labor leader of Nottinghamshire county council but is now leader of the opposition group, admitted that his party was "in a hard place at the moment". He added that the party needed "a strategic bullet to the back of the head". "The SNP has won the council elections", Sturgeon said on Friday. Mr Lavery also admitted some voters were rejecting Mr Corbyn in conversations with Labour activists, even as he insisted "not all of them have been negative".

Turkish court formally blocks access to Wikipedia

Turkey's official news agency, quoting the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, said on Saturday (Sunday NZT) the site was blocked for "becoming an information source acting with groups conducting a smear campaign against Turkey in the global arena".

Trump's Comey firing came after Federal Bureau of Investigation subpoenaed Flynn associates

Flynn's company, Flynn Intel Group, told the Justice Department in March that the two $40,000 payments were consulting fees for unspecified work. The committee has invited Comey to testify in a closed session Tuesday . According to intelligence officials, the two discussed sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama to punish Russian Federation for its efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Pope Francis welcomes Russia's efforts to defend Christians

The Pope and the Grand Imam spoke at the closing of the International Conference for Peace, organized by Al-Azhar. " All options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table ", Tillerson told the 15-member global body on Friday.

EU's Barnier tells Ireland he will work to avoid hard border

Europe's chief Brexit negotiator will address a joint sitting of the Irish Parliament today, an honour usually only afforded to visiting heads of states. "A deal that defends the interests of the entire European Union , but also those of individual member states". The former prime minister said a deal between Britain and Ireland on the issue was the best way of limiting damage from Brexit .

Nearly 250 missing in Mediterranean shipwrecks

The country's coastguard picked up seven migrants who said they had been on an overloaded dinghy packed with 170 people, which sank on Sunday. Only 50 people were rescued after the boat sank on Friday, leaving 82 missing and feared dead. Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. The IOM spokesperson said most of the activities so far this year were from the Libya to Italy route as well as to Spain.

Man drowns after crashing vehicle into fire hydrant

A Florida man who hit a fire hydrant with a Mercedes was killed in just inches of water after being pushed under the SUV by the gushing liquid when he exited the vehicle. Dreyer was submerged three to four minutes under his vehicle. "Usually hydrants will break off and they won't spew any water". Dreyer was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Trump warns Comey over media leaks

Neither of Trump's two principal spokespeople - Sean Spicer or Sara Huckabee Sanders, immediately responded to an email seeking comment about the existence of any tapes. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told CNN , "He took the recommendation of his deputy attorney general". The New York Times first reported on the dinner, saying that seven days after Trump was sworn in as president January 20, Comey was summoned to the "White House for a one-on-one dinner with the new commander ...

Pakistan says army killed 50 Afghan soldiers in firing exchange

According to sources, Saturday's meeting continued for over an hour. Both sides discussed Friday's incident and defended their stances. Another 100 Afghan security forces were wounded, he said. He said Pakistan and Afghanistan are fighting against terrorism and there is need of further united efforts to combat the menace. "Dialogue is the only political means available to us to establish peace in Afghanistan", Zakaria said.

Comey associates dispute Trump's account of conversations

President Donald Trump admitted the FBI's probe of then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server helped him during the 2016 election, and added that he never would have let his opponent walk free. That's far different from the White House's initial account in the hours after Comey's firing. "Are there recording devices in the Oval Office or in the residence?" When everything is a big story, nothing is.

UNESCO Demands Israel Vacate Jerusalem as Capital on Israel's Independence Day

The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding that Israel disavow Jerusalem as its capital. Israel occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds during the 1967 war and later annexed it, declaring the whole city its indivisible capital despite outcry by the worldwide community.

The Russian government embarrassed the White House

The direction of the White House under Trump is already the subject of intense debate overseas. The meeting came days after it emerged that Russian hackers attempted to interfere with Sunday's French presidential election. On Thursday, Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, stressed that Russia had told the USA side in advance that there would be a TASS photographer present at the meeting.

Kurds Trump Turkey in the Fight Against ISIS in Raqqa

Thus, the SDF was created. Binali Yildirim said on a visit to London that the United States was using one terrorist organisation inside Syria to attack another. Moreover, the expert is sure that at the moment the Kurds in Syria, unlike the Peshmerga in Iraq, do not plan any hostilities or subversive activity against Turkey.

Macedonia Should Swiftly Join EU to Remain Stable, Country's FM Says

Macedonia's opposition has also warned its conservative rivals that they are playing with fire by using the ethnic card in a bid to stay in power. Later that evening, a special unit of the interior Ministry of Macedonia carried out the operation to free the deputies, who blocked the Parliament of the Republic.

Trump says he wanted to fire 'showboat' Comey

The investigation has shadowed Trump from the outset of his presidency, though he's denied any ties to Russian Federation or knowledge of any campaign coordination with Moscow. On NBC's "Today", Sanders said she would defer to the president himself for any additional details. That investigation has since gained momentum as investigators have developed new evidence and leads.

We'll reunite released Chibok girls with parents next week - FG

He enjoined Christians to pray more for the release of the remaining girls in captivity and many other people in the custody of Boko Haram . Rebecca Yaga and her husband Samuel, are still optimistic that even if their daughter is not part of the 82 girls who were recently released, she will certainly be released.

America Need Not Worry About South Korea

The U.N. Mission said the State Security Ministry has declared that a "Korean-style anti-terrorist offensive will be commenced to mop up the intelligence and plot-breeding organizations of the USA and South Korea". However, not until Thursday, South Korea had not been invited. Only a few middle and high schools in South Korea have said that they would pick the books the state has issued.

European Union raises eurozone growth forecasts

Souring the mood, bailed-out Greece, which swung out of recession a year ago, saw its growth forecast cut sharply to 2.1 percent in 2017 and 2.5 percent in 2018. Still, they were optimistic about unemployment declining, cutting their 2017 forecast for the eurozone to 9.4% from 9.6% and for 2018 to 8.9% from 9.1%.

Global cyberattack used hacking tools reportedly developed by US National Security Agency

The attack gained attention from media largely after it impacted National Health Service operations in England. Russian Federation appeared to be the hardest hit, according to security experts, with the country's Interior Ministry confirming it was struck.

Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy

If not President Trump and Jeff Sessions are in for a rude awaking. Holder himself responded , calling the policy " dumb on crime ", "ideologically motivated", and "cookie cutter". Scholars who research the criminal justice system and corrections policies argue that the corrections system as a whole - not just the federal system, but state prisons, municipal and county jails, immigrant detention centers and more - cost the country as much as ten times more than governmental budgets show.

North Korea sends rare letter of protest over new U.S. sanctions

The talks collapsed in 2008 after North Korea launched a rocket. The prosecutors called for the arrests and extraditions of those they say led or were involved with "the disgusting state-sponsored crime". Both men taught North Korean students at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. "We urge the relevant authorities to immediately detect and arrest and hand over" the wanted individuals, who were "targets of due heavy punishment", it said in a statement carried by Pyongyang's ...

Trump Contradicts White House Statements, Says He Planned to Fire Comey Anyway

Trump's team had repeatedly claimed that Rosenstein's memo precipitated Comey's firing. Comey was leading the FBI investigation into potential collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian government officials who sought to manipulate the outcome of the US presidential election.

Trump tweets warning to Comey about 'leaking to the press'

He later said he was "not aware" whether any White House official had recordings of the conversation and wouldn't comment on whether the president regularly recorded conversations in the Oval Office. Trump fired off yet another tweet just before 9 a.m., referring to comments made by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that he has no knowledge of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Is Trump Taping Conversations in the Oval Office? Sean Spicer Won't Say

It was unclear whether Mr Trump's reference to "tapes" suggested there might be secret recordings of conversations that could be used to challenge any statements by Mr Comey, or whether it was simply a way of warding him off from commenting.

Moon, Abe agree to co-operate on North Korea

Asked in an interview with NBC News conducted on Thursday whether Moon's approach would mean a change in United States strategy, Trump replied: "He's more open to discussion". Moon is a liberal who advocates a more conciliatory approach to North Korea compared with his conservative predecessor. Moon was sworn is as South Korea's new President on Wednesday after his victory in Tuesday's presidential election.

Pentagon head makes clear US commitment to protecting Turkey

Tabqa, a strategic town for ISIS in Syria, has been retaken by USA -backed Syrian Kurdish forces, giving allies a new route to the militant stronghold of Raqqa . US-backed rebels said they "liberated" the strategic Syrian city of Tabqa and a nearby dam from ISIS. It was not immediately clear if the leaders discussed President Donald Trump's decision this week to arm the Kurdish YPG, who are fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Missing Moroccan UN Peacekeeper in Central African Republic Found Dead

The U.N. peacekeeping mission, launched in 2014, now has more than 12,000 troops deployed. The ceremony at the Mission's headquarters in in the capital, Bangui, was attended by senior Central African Government officials, the diplomatic corps, humanitarian community representatives and hundreds of deeply saddened United Nations personnel in auto, the Mission reported.

GOP health care bill the right prescription for US

This is especially true of health care professionals, including doctors and executives of hospitals and health care facilities. And some Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham of SC, expressed alarm that House Republicans didn't wait for their bill to be scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Mattis: US reviewing Syria safe zones but has many questions

The Trump White House has expressed support for Syrian safe zones, saying the measure would be invaluable to the thousands of Syrian civilians caught between the coalition offensive against ISIS and the ongoing civil war between anti-government forces and forces loyal to Mr.

Obama to Voters: 'You Get the Politicians You Deserve'

Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron asked Obama's successor President Donald Trump not to abandon the Paris agreement during the phone call the tycoon made to congratulate the former on his election, CNN reported a Macron spokesperson as saying .

Acting FBI director testifies before Senate panel

The White House had said Comey was sacked "based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions". "I can tell you that the majority, the vast majority of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey", said McCabe, who called it the "greatest privilege and honor in my professional life to work with him".

New South Korean president in calls with China, Japan leaders

Ultimately, the road to Pyongyang runs through Beijing, not least because China provides the bulk of North Korea's energy and food supplies. Moon also received similar congratulatory calls from Japanese and Indian leaders on Thursday. China's president has set out his opposition to the deployment of a U.S. missile system, in his first discussion with the new South Korean leader. "While supporting South Korea's position and opposing North Korea's nuclear development, President Moon ...