Belgium reports first case of ‘mercy killing’

Reuters - A 17-year-old has been euthanized in Belgium in what is the first application of rules adopted by the country in 2014 allowing doctor-assisted death for minors of all ages, the head of the...

Massive sinkhole leaks Florida plant’s water into aquifer

Agencies - A phosphate company says more than 200 million gallons of contaminated water from a fertilizer plant in central Florida leaked into one of the state’s main underground sources of drinking water after a...

Israel has 200 warheads, reveals Powell’s e-mail

AP - In a private e-mail exchange last year leaked this week by hackers, former Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed Israel’s nuclear weapons capability with a friend, saying the country has 200 warheads. Though Israel...

Daesh has lost half its territory in Iraq

AP - Iraqi forces aided by the US-led coalition have retaken half the territory the Daesh group once held in the country, a senior US official said Wednesday during a visit to Baghdad. Deputy Secretary of...

Strongest typhoon in 21 years hits Taiwan

AFP - Parts of Taiwan were brought to a standstill on Wednesday as super typhoon Meranti skirted past the island’s southern tip, bringing the strongest winds in 21 years and disrupting traffic ahead of a...

‘Brexit not the end of European Union’

AFP - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday issued a rallying cry for unity after Brexit, saying the EU is not in danger of splitting up but must fight back against “galloping populism.” In his...

20 countries seeking Syria peace may meet in NY

AP - The UN envoy for Syria says if the cessation of hostilities holds there may be a meeting of the coalition of some 20 countries trying to end the conflict on the sidelines of...

400 US troops arrive in Iraq ahead of Mosul push

AFP - More than 400 additional US troops have deployed to Iraq in recent days, a defense official said as local forces prepare for an assault on Mosul, the Daesh group’s last major Iraqi stronghold. Col....

US, Russia agree new Syria truce plan

AFP - The United States and Russia reached a deal on a new Syrian cease-fire, which, if it holds, could see the first joint military effort by the two powers against jihadists. US Secretary of State...

Iran desperate to politicize Haj: GCC

Saudi Gazette - Iran is trying to politicize Haj, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif Al-Zayani said here on Wednesday. He said that the recent comments by Iranian leader Ali Khamenei were “a...

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