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August 3, 2016

Men\’s, women\’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

Men’s, women’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

Leading up to the Olympic Games opening ceremonies on Friday, football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics began two days before in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Wednesday’s schedule included six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men faced off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

When teams arrived at the Athletes Village, they were welcomed with 45-minute ceremonies. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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Olympics \”Day -2\” includes six women\’s football matches

Olympics “Day -2” includes six women’s football matches

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

It’s two days to go until the opening ceremonies, but the football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics have begun in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Meanwhile, athletes are arriving to the Olympic Village, which has been one of the many lightning rods of controversy for the event.

Wednesday includes six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men face off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

Many athletes are arriving in Rio, for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Teams are welcomed with ceremonies, the India, Bahama, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Norway delegations receiving their a 45-minute welcome Wednesday. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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June 29, 2016

Suicide bombers attack Istanbul\’s Ataturk airport

Suicide bombers attack Istanbul’s Ataturk airport

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Yesterday, three individuals committed a suicide attack on Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The attack started with the three individuals shooting weapons near the terminal entrance. After police started to return fire the individuals blew themselves up.

41 people were killed in the attack, and at least another 239 injured, according to officials. Those killed include nationals of several countries, including Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, stated current details point towards the Islamic State (IS) militant group as the culprits. This group has previously been blamed for a number of attacks in Turkey since last July.

The BBC reported IS have been targeting Turkey as being too connected to the West through NATO, as well as seeing its government as not being Islamic enough.

The attacks have led to concerns for the Turkish tourism sector, considered important to the country’s economy.

President Barack Obama of the United States and President Vladmir Putin of Russia both condemned the attack. Russia also announced it had lifted trade and travel restrictions which had been in place since Turkey shot down a Russian fighter Jet last November.

Today has been declared a day of national mourning in Turkey.



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May 29, 2016

Thousands of Iraqis flee Mosul to Syria

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Thousands of Iraqis flee Mosul to Syria

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Over 4,000 Iraqis from the city of Mosul have fled to Syria since May, according to the United Nations refugee agency. The UN anticipates up to 50,000 people to leave the ISIS-controlled city and cross to Syria.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that Islamic State militants have been increasing executions of men and boys in Fallujah, since Iraqi government forces began attempting to re-take the city.

A total of 4,266 people arrived in May at the al-Hol camp, approximately 14km from the Iraqi border.

UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming, says that the numbers are likely to continue to grow.

“Right now it’s a bit over 4,000 but it is in anticipation of 50,000. There are contingencies for potential numbers who could be coming in … They don’t have many other options of places to flee in that region, so we’re getting ready.”

“We’ve seen actually a spike in the numbers of Iraqi refugees who are risking the dangerous crossing into Syria in a desperate bid. Just picture this, we have refugees fleeing to Syria,” Fleming said.

“They, I’m sure, hear what’s going on in Fallujah and want to leave before they too are trapped. But also there is fighting in the surrounding areas that is driving people to leave.”

The Iraqi army began an offensive on Monday against IS in Fallujah, 50km west of Baghdad.

50,000 people are estimated to be trapped inside the city.



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December 29, 2015

Iraqi military retakes government complex from ISIS in city of Ramadi

Iraqi military retakes government complex from ISIS in city of Ramadi

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The Iraqi military retook a government complex in the city of Ramadi from the militant group ISIS yesterday as ISIS militants were defeated in a battle lasting a couple of days.

Military leader Yahya Rasool said the military “liberated” the city from ISIS, which took the city earlier this year in May.

However, other military leaders say some parts of the city still remain under ISIS’ control, and some of those that are not have not yet been retaken by the military; the city is full of traps, including planted bombs and snipers, which officials say can pose a problem to the soldiers trying to retake the rest of Ramadi.

According to Majid Al-Fatlawi from the Iraqi army, ISIS “has planted more than 300 explosive devices on the roads and in the buildings of the government complex”.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the Iraqi military “fulfilled the promise to defeat Daesh in Ramadi”. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Colonel Mohammed Ibrahim of the Joint Operations Command said airstrikes killed some ISIS fighters defending the government buildings. The United Kingdom‘s military officials said they have aided the Iraqi military in defeating ISIS in the city through airstrikes. British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the Air Force’s air strikes “played a great role” in aiding the Iraqi military.

Hammond called the retaking of Ramadi’s government buildings “the latest in a series of significant losses for Daesh”.



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October 20, 2015

Justin Trudeau elected Prime Minister of Canada

Justin Trudeau elected Prime Minister of Canada

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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On Monday, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada was elected as the new Prime Minister of Canada. Liberal Party formed the majority by winning 184 seats where at least 170 seats were needed for majority. With the absolute majority for the Liberal, it was an end to Stephen Harpers’ era who was the Prime Minister of the second largest nation, Canada since early 2006.

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Son of the ex-Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, he became a Minister of Parliament for the Liberals in 2008. In 2013 with 80.1% votes to his name, he was elected as the new leader for Liberal.

Trudeau shared his feminism opinions on twitter previous month. His tweet read “I am a feminist. I’m proud to be a feminist. #upfordebate“. He also spoke on abortion saying “It is not for any government to legislate what a woman chooses to do with her body. And that is the bottom line.”

Trudeau manifested a change of climate change policy in three months prior to United Nations’ climate summit scheduled in November, in French capital Paris. Trudeau wants to improve relations with Iran and pull out the ISIS operations in Iraq as well as Syria.

He has promised tax rise for the 1% of wealthiest Canadian population to support middle class families. On the ideas of Colorado Model, he planned to legalise marijuana.

Previous PM, Harper won only 99 seats, and Conservative ended second in the election campaign. Harper said “The people of Canada have elected a Liberal government, which we accept without hesitation.” Harper is about to resign as the leader of the Conservative.

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Party Votes Vote share  % votes
Liberal 6,928,514
39.5%
39.5%
Conservative 5,597,565
31.9%
31.9%
New Democratic 3,460,288
19.7%
19.7%
Bloc Québécois 818,652
4.7%
4.7%
Green 605,637
3.4%
3.4%


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May 27, 2015

Pro-government forces in Iraq launch operation to reclaim Ramadi from Islamic State

Pro-government forces in Iraq launch operation to reclaim Ramadi from Islamic State

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An aerial view of Ramadi and the Euphrates River.
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Iraq has started a new military operation to push back Islamic State by reclaiming the city of Ramadi, according to an Iraqi paramilitary spokesperson yesterday. Ramadi, which is the capital of the province of Anbar, fell to Islamic State earlier this month.

The new offensive includes both government troops and paramilitary forces — Hashed al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilisation Brigades, which largely consists of Shiite militias.

The operation in the Anbar province seeks to cut off Islamic State supply routes to prepare the way for the recapture of Ramadi. There has so far been fighting reported to the south and west of Ramadi as pro-government forces make their advance.

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq stated it is carrying out airstrikes near Ramadi to support the Iraqi advance. The U.S. is also supplying the Iraqi forces with military equipment, including anti-tank weaponry.

A meeting is scheduled for June 2 in Paris between representatives of countries fighting Islamic State. John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, is amongst some 20 or more foreign ministers to attend; the meeting is to focus on strategy.



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April 19, 2015

ISIS attacks United States consulate in Irbil, Iraq

ISIS attacks United States consulate in Irbil, Iraq

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

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On Friday a car bomb, claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), killed, by varying reports, at least three people and injured at least five others, possibly including a US national, outside of the United States Consulate in Irbil, Iraq. According to the US Department of State there were no injuries to consulate personnel.

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According to police, following a small improvised explosion, a car approached the consulate, but exploded short of the consulate when fired on by security personnel. They said the explosives seem to have been triggered by the people inside the car, not the gunfire.

According to Reuters, until this incident there had been little ISIS aggression in Irbil since November. Ainkawa, the consulate’s neighborhood, is mainly Christian. Reportedly the primary blast took place at approximately 5:40 p.m. local time, when the neighborhood is busy.

On Saturday, an attack claimed by ISIS in Afghanistan killed reportedly at least thirty-three people outside of a major bank which had a long line of people outside of it waiting to collect their pay checks.



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September 11, 2014

John Kerry visits Iraq to build regional support against Islamic State

John Kerry visits Iraq to build regional support against Islamic State

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Baghdad yesterday to meet Haider al-Abadi, the prime minister of the new Iraqi government. The visit came as Kerry toured seeking support in the region — military, political, and financial — against the Islamic State.

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Kerry and al-Abadi were to discuss international efforts to build a coalition, in a regional approach to the security issue posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The meeting came ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s televised address, to air later in the day in the U.S. and set to announce expanded military efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the organisation.

They were to “discuss how the United States can increase its support to Iraq’s new government in our common effort to defeat Isil [Islamic State] and the threat it poses to Iraq, the region, and the world”, said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. The Shia Iraqi prime minister has, according to U.S. officials, promised to create regional national guards, avoiding security enforcement by the mostly Shia Iraqi army in Sunni regions. The policy, if enacted, would provide valuable employment in areas where Islamic State has recruited successfully following economic neglect during the eight years of Nouri al-Maliki‘s government.

Following the Iraq visit Kerry is to visit Saudi Arabia as part of the broad U.S. strategy of regional resistance against the militants. President Obama has said the U.S. would not use ground combat troops, but some senior military figures have suggested Islamic State may not be stopped by air strikes alone — of which the U.S. have used 150 over the past month. The regional strategy to address the security crisis does not rely on the support of Congress. The U.S. administration has been urging representatives to approve $500m to support rebels in Syrian opposing Islamic State, but the legislation has been immobile since it was first proposed in May.



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September 6, 2014

NATO leaders meet for two day summit in Wales

NATO leaders meet for two day summit in Wales

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Leaders from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) member states met in Wales over Thursday to Friday in a summit addressing the organisation’s role in Afghanistan and new threats from Russia and the Islamic State.

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Role in Afghanistan

Since the 2010 NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal countries involved in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), NATO’s military operation in Afghanistan, have been committed to full transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces by the end of 2014. This would mark the end of ISAF’s 13 year mission in Afghanistan, with troops changing to a training and assistance role.

Plans had originally intended for Afghanistan’s new President, or President-elect, to attend this year’s summit, but due to the political situation and ongoing election process it is still unknown who will replace outgoing President Hamid Karzai. Bismullah Khan Muhammadi, the country’s defence minister, instead attended the summit in the absence of a President.

This political stalemate has put at risk NATO plans for a continuing military presence in the country, with troops expected to pull out at the end of the year without new security agreements being signed, signature not possible without a new President in place. NATO members have urged Afghanistan’s presidential candidates to reach an agreement, with officials indicating that if no agreement can be reached by the end of the month, then troops would begin to leave.

Threat from Russia

On Thursday, NATO leaders pledged support for Ukraine at a meeting with the country’s President, Petro Poroshenko, in the face of recent moves from Russia. On their website, NATO outlined four areas where the alliance would provide support for Ukraine, “rehabilitation for injured troops, cyber defence, logistics, and command and control and communications”, with assistance expected to have a monetary value of about 15 million euros (about US$19 million).

On Friday, peace talks in Minsk, Belarus resulted in a ceasefire agreement between Ukraine and rebel forces, whom NATO has accused Russia of supporting in their bid for separation of eastern regions of Ukraine. The UK said sanctions being prepared are likely to go ahead, regardless of the outcome of these talks, until it is seen that Russia is acting upon them.

Threat from Islamic State

On Friday morning, a meeting of ten countries chaired by the UK and US agreed to jointly working to combat the threat posed by the Islamic State in the Middle East. John Kerry, US Secretary of State, stated after the meeting that the group should aim to make firm plans and raise support from within the region affected before the UN General Assembly annual meeting later this month. Philip Hammond, UK Foreign Secretary, also said it was clear that regional support was needed, adding “with a new and inclusive Government of Iraq leading the efforts”.

It was also announced NATO would help a non-sectarian Iraqi government, on request, to build defence capabilities in Iraq to help fight the Islamic State, as well as coordinating the humanitarian airlift of supplies.

Increased readiness

Plans for a Readiness Action Plan were agreed at the summit. Speaking on Monday before the summit, NATO’s secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, described this as a response to “Russia’s aggressive behaviour”, but outlined how he hoped it would increase the responsiveness of the alliance to face any security challenge.

These plans aim to allow reinforcements to reach any NATO member state within 48 hours, in what Rasmussen described as a “spearhead” of the preexisting Response Force. This requires logistical, and headquarters facilities to be set up in Eastern European countries, the ones most under threat from an attack by Russia, or the Islamic State. These plans are also to be rehearsed through joint military exercises.


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