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UN: Mosul civilians in “grave danger”

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net Civilians are being hit hardest as Iraq’s military assault on Mosul enters its final phase, the country’s UN humanitarian relief co-ordinator says. Lise Grande told the BBC residents were in grave danger as ISIS was directly targeting families. Many people in the city are already facing severe shortages of water and electricity. Iraqi forces say they have recaptured several villages from ISIS militants. Troops have been trying to drive ISIS fighters out of the last remaining strongholds they control in Mosul’s Old City. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled the northern city since the offensive to reclaim it was launched...

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UK: Police seeking clues on Manchester bombing

By: VOA News Source: VOA News British police are urgently trying to determine whether the suicide bomber who struck a music concert Monday in the northern city of Manchester acted alone or was part of a larger terror network. The man who blew himself up following an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena has been identified as Salman Abedi, police said. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins identified the 22 year-old Abedi as the alleged attacker, but provided no other details. The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s blast that killed at least 22 people and injured 59 others. The group said “a soldier of the...

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Yemen Rebels declare emergency as deaths and disease rise

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Cholera has killed 184 people in Yemen since last month, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on May 15, a day after authorities declared a state of emergency in the capital Sanaa and called for international help. Sanaa is controlled by the armed Huthi movement, which is aligned with Iran and fighting a Saudi-led coalition. More than 10,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in over two years of war, which has also destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. Only a few medical facilities are still functioning and two-thirds of the population are without access to safe drinking water, the United Nations estimates. The Red Cross...

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