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Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient Nimrud site

Mar 6, 2015

Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient Nimrud site

Islamic State militants “bulldozed” the ancient Nimrud archaeological site near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday using heavy military vehicles, the government said. A statement from Iraq’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities didn’t elaborate on the extent of the damage, saying only ...

British spy agencies told to target middle-aged mums

Mar 6, 2015

British spy agencies told to target middle-aged mums

Ditch the preconceptions about Bond girls — Britain’s spy agencies should be recruiting middle-aged mothers to expand their talent pool, parliament’s intelligence and security committee said Thursday. Where MI5, MI6 and GCHQ once picked out new recruits by laying a discreet hand on the ...

Actor Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles

Mar 6, 2015

Actor Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles

“Star Wars” star Harrison Ford was seriously injured on Thursday when the actor crashed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a local airport, a source told Reuters. The single-engine plane clipped a tree as it went ...

Mar 6, 2015

Skiers in cable car drama as storms wreak havoc in Italy

Around 200 holiday skiers in the Italian Dolomites were winched to safety on Thursday after getting stranded in cable car cabins buffeted by 70 mph (130 kph) winds. The Ciampinoi cable car in the popular Val Gardena resort ground to a halt after a ...

Mar 6, 2015

Envelopes with white powder found at Canadian Cabinet offices

Authorities in Quebec launched an investigation after envelopes containing a suspicious white powder were found Thursday in the district offices of four Conservative Canadian Cabinet ministers. A government official later said the powder sent to one of the ministers has been deemed harmless. It ...

Mar 6, 2015

PLO body to end security cooperation with Israel based on Oslo accords

The Palestinian Liberation Organization’s central council decided Thursday to end security cooperation with Israel, in a potentially explosive move after the Jewish state cut off a key source of funds. The PLO council decided “to stop security cooperation in all its forms with the ...

Iranian special operatives free diplomat abducted in Yemen

Mar 6, 2015

Iranian special operatives free diplomat abducted in Yemen

Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a rare acknowledgement by Tehran of an intelligence operation carried out on foreign soil. The official IRNA news agency quoted deputy Foreign ...

28,000 flee drive to retake Iraq's Tikrit, U.N. reports

Mar 6, 2015

28,000 flee drive to retake Iraq's Tikrit, U.N. reports

Some 28,000 people have fled the Tikrit area as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadi group in a massive offensive aimed at retaking the city, the U.N. said Thursday. The involvement of Shiite militiamen in the operation, which has been dubbed an attempt ...