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Torrential rains cause deaths, wreak havoc across much of Texas

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Torrential rains cause deaths, wreak havoc across much of Texas

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Recently, record breaking rainfall has doled out severe destruction over much of the state of Texas, United States. The state’s governor called the effects of the storms “absolutely devastating”. At least two people died over the weekend, while twelve more were reported missing.

File photo of a Texas family being rescued from flood conditions, 2007.
Image: Unknown U.S. Army official.

Various rainfall records have been broken all over the state in recent days. On Sunday alone, over three inches of rain fell in the city of Dallas. In Hays County, one official described the flooding as “the largest flood in the history of this region” — at least 350 homes there were destroyed and an additional 1,000 homes suffered damage.

While both Oklahoma and Mexico have seen effects of the storms, the two killed in Texas were a girl returning from her prom and a 14 year-old boy. A photo from The Weather Channel showed flooding at The Galleria shopping mall in Houston, preventing employees from leaving. In the eastern part of the state, heavy rains have struck nearly every day in May, washing out patches of roadways.



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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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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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Citizenship of Australian terrorists overseas under question

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Citizenship of Australian terrorists overseas under question

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File photo of Tony Abbott at flag raising and citizenship ceremony, January 2015.
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Yesterday, Australia‘s Prime Minister proposed his government might strip individuals of their Australian citizenship if authorities consider them involved in terrorist activity.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated, “As flagged by me in my national security statement in February, we will be legislating within a few weeks to strip dual citizens involved in terrorism of their Australian citizenship”.

The Coalition government’s bill aims to empower the immigration minister to revoke Australian citizenship of dual nationals suspected of involvement in terrorist activity.

Speaking of procedural for stripping individual citizenship, immigration minister Peter Dutton said he would take advice from intelligence agencies, such as the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

Dutton said, “We would gather as much evidence as was possible and we would make a decision whether or not we thought somebody was captured by what is a tight definition in relation to somebody committing an act of terrorism, an act preparatory to, fundraising or supporting a terrorist organisation or providing financial support or indoctrinating young people into the ways of one of these cults.”

This news comes as the Australian wife of Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf, Tara Nettleton, attempts to re-enter the country with her children. Khaled’s seven-year-old son appeared in an internet image Khaled posted last year — in which the boy was holding a severed human head.



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