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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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Heroes: Two US men killed defending Muslims girls from violent Islamophobe

By: BBC Source: BBC The mother of a US man who died protecting two young women from anti-Muslim harassment has called him “a hero” who “will remain a hero” after his death. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, was one of two men who were stabbed to death on a train on Friday in Portland, Oregon. Police named the other man who died as Ricky John Best, 53, a father of four and an Army veteran. Another passenger was wounded before the attacker was arrested. Police have identified the suspect as Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, a convicted felon. He is due to appear in court on Tuesday, charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and being a...

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Mixed emotions in the Middle East ahead of Trump visit

By: Noah Browning Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Saudi Arabia and Israel, two bastions of relative calm in the war-battered Middle East, on his first foreign trip beginning this weekend. In much of the region, authoritarian governments duel for power with political Islamists and militants as rival creeds and ethnic groups vie for dominance. Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iraq are riven by wars. Israel and the Palestinians are still locked in their decades-old struggle, while Bahrain rumbles with unrest. All 50 Muslim states whose leaders Trump will meet in the Saudi capital Riyadh are menaced by the rise of Islamic State, also known as...

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