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Iran shocked by deadly fire, collapse of Tehran high-rise

Jan 20 2017 - 12:05am || Comments

TEHRAN, Iran — A historic high-rise building in the heart of Iran’s capital caught fire and later collapsed Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and leaving their stunned colleagues and bystanders weeping in the streets.

  • | Posted: Oct 29 2016 - 12:05am

    BEIRUT — Syrian rebels launched a broad offensive for Aleppo Friday as the Russian, Syrian, and Iranian foreign ministers vowed to intensify their fight against terrorism in the country.

  • Posted: Oct 29 2016 - 12:05am

    MADRID (AP) — A 62-year-old Spanish woman has given birth to a healthy girl and encourages women in their later years to imitate her if they want to.

  • | Posted: Oct 28 2016 - 12:05am

    KHAZER, Iraq — Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village near Mosul that was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, offering a glimpse of the challenge they will face as they move closer to the city.

  • | Posted: Oct 26 2016 - 12:05am

    QUETTA, Pakistan — Survivors of an overnight attack that killed 61 people at a Pakistani police academy described chaotic scenes of gunfire and explosions, with militants shooting anyone they saw and cadets running for their lives and jumping from windows and rooftops.

  • | Posted: Oct 26 2016 - 12:05am

    BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces battled Islamic State fighters for a third day in a remote western town far from Mosul on Tuesday, but the U.S.-led coalition insisted the latest in a series of “spoiler attacks” had not forced it to divert resources from the fight to retake Iraq’s second-largest city.

  • | Posted: Oct 25 2016 - 12:05am

    BARTELLA, Iraq — Iraqi forces fought their way into two villages near Mosul on Monday as the offensive to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.

  • | Posted: Oct 25 2016 - 12:05am

    BEIRUT — Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia — a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad — said it was not planning more “humanitarian pauses” in the fighting in the city’s eastern, rebel-held districts.

  • | Posted: Oct 23 2016 - 12:05am

    BAGHDAD — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s push for Iraq to let Turkey play a role in the Mosul battle encountered resistance Saturday from Iraq’s prime minister, who said his country’s forces will oust Islamic State militants from the northern city.

  • | Posted: Oct 22 2016 - 12:06am

    KIRKUK, Iraq — Islamic State militants launched a wave of pre-dawn attacks in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, killing at least 14 people and setting off fierce clashes with Kurdish security forces that were still raging after sundown.

  • | Posted: Oct 21 2016 - 12:05am

    BEIJING (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum on Thursday, after handing China a major diplomatic victory, agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony.

  • | Posted: Oct 21 2016 - 12:05am

    BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — In a significant escalation of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city, and the U.S. military announced the first American combat death since the operation began.

  • Posted: Oct 17 2016 - 12:05am

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of military operations to liberate the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants on Monday, launching the country on its toughest battle since American troops left nearly five years ago.

  • | Posted: Oct 16 2016 - 12:05am

    KIGALI, Rwanda — Nearly 200 nations have reached a deal, announced Saturday morning after all-night negotiations, to limit the use of greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide in a major effort to fight climate change.

  • | Posted: Oct 14 2016 - 12:05am

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Twenty-one of Nigeria’s Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago have been freed in a swap for detained leaders of the Islamic extremist group, the government and military said Thursday.

  • | Posted: Oct 11 2016 - 12:05am

    BERLIN — A Syrian man who was granted asylum in Germany and is suspected of preparing a bomb attack there was arrested early Monday following a nearly two-day manhunt, police said.