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Baghdad shootout points to growing militia threat

globalpost.com — Shortly after midnight, when a curfew usually shrouds the Iraqi capital in silence, the thudding sounds of heavy machinegun fire ripped through the air and echoed across Baghdad.
Oct 21, 2014

Graf three here is a good, worrisome reminder that the battle for Iraq isn't just against IS. globalpost.com/dispatch/news/…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @LovedayM: The story behind recent Baghdad gunbattle: not ISIS, but AAH trying to recapture hostage who'd escaped with a spoon bit.ly/1yUxhj9

Oct 21, 2014

RT @LovedayM: The story behind recent Baghdad gunbattle: not ISIS, but AAH trying to recapture hostage who'd escaped with a spoon bit.ly/1yUxhj9

Oct 21, 2014

Escaped USING A SPOON MT @wgdunlop: #Iraq deputy PM's cousin kidnapped by Shiite militiamen, escapes, sparks shootout bit.ly/1FwKn7Z

Oct 21, 2014

Iraq deputy PM's cousin kidnapped by Shiite militiamen, escaped using spoon & fled to police, sparking shootout bit.ly/1yUxhj9 @AFP

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5 reasons Turkey is dragging its feet in the fight against the Islamic State

globalpost.com — ISTANBUL, Turkey - Is Turkey still a Western ally? Some observers of the dramatic battle just over its border with Syria, in the town of Kobani, have begun to wonder. Ankara has steadfastly resisted pressure from Washington to join the alliance attacking Islamic State (IS) forces in Kobani, and has denied the coalition use of its territory and air bases for military operations against IS.

Mexico announces reward for information on 43 missing students

globalpost.com — Mexico's government announced Monday a $110,000 reward for information in the disappearance of 43 students in a case of alleged collusion between a drug gang and police. The reward was announced in national newspapers and featured black and white photos of the 43 students, who went missing three weeks ago in the southern city of Iguala.
Oct 21, 2014

Mexico announces reward for information on 43 missing students via @globalpost - globalpost.com/dispatch/news/…

Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high despite $7.6 billion US counter-narcotics efforts

globalpost.com — Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the United States $7.6 billion, the US government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction spending said on Tuesday.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @GlobalPost: Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high despite $7.6 billion US counter-narcotics efforts glpo.st/1CQmaFt pic.twitter.com/vQz3dgfQ4i

Uganda says no fresh cases of Ebola-like Marburg virus

globalpost.com — Ugandan health officials said Tuesday that all suspected cases of the Ebola-like Marburg virus had tested negative and those held in isolation released.

Malaysia Islamic authorities probe 'dog patting' event

globalpost.com — Islamic authorities in Malaysia are conducting a probe into a controversial "dog patting" event aimed at removing the stigma regarding men's best friend in the multi-ethnic Muslim-majority country.

Sweden says it's ready to use force against suspicious submarine

globalpost.com — Sweden's armed forces chief warned Tuesday it could use force to bring to the surface a suspected Russian mini-submarine its navy has been hunting for days. Battleships, minesweepers, helicopters and more than 200 troops have scoured an area about 20 to 40 miles from the Swedish capital since Friday following reports of a "man-made object" in the water.
Oct 21, 2014

Sweden says it's ready to use force against suspicious submarine via @globalpost - globalpost.com/dispatch/news/…

EU fines JP Morgan for rigging interest rates

globalpost.com — The European Commission fined US banking giant JP Morgan more than 61 million euros ($78 million) on Tuesday for its role in rigging benchmark international interest rates.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @AFP: #UPDATE European Commission fines JP Morgan $78 million for role in rigging benchmark international interest rates u.afp.com/2g4

Britain sends drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria

globalpost.com — Britain said on Tuesday it was authorizing spy planes and armed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria "very shortly" in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants. Britain announced the deployment after Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border.

Japan urges Thailand to restore democracy

globalpost.com — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha on Thursday to step up efforts to restore democracy in the Southeast Asian country.

Human Rights Watch says Ukraine may have used cluster bombs

globalpost.com — Evidence collected by Human Rights Watch suggests government forces have used cluster munitions in eastern Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists may also have done so, the New York-based watchdog said on Tuesday. Spokesmen for the Kyiv government's military operation and the pro-Russian rebels they are fighting in the east denied the accusations.

The US is just one of 23 countries battling the Islamic State

globalpost.com — The State Department lists 60 allies who've joined the US-led coalition combating the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL). Each nation has a different role: some are assisting by sending humanitarian aid, while others are sending fighter jets and ammunition.
Oct 21, 2014

Map of the day: The fight against #ISIS now involves 23 countries. To varying degrees. glpo.st/1whSK1W pic.twitter.com/qMQUaTpZjQ