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November 1, 2016 1:00 PM Two years of fear: Christian widow survives Islamic State

(Zarifa Badoos Daddo (C), 77, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Erbil, Iraq. Zarifa was reunited with her family on Sunday after Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from the town of Qaraqosh, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) Zarifa Badoos Daddo, 77, was reunited with her family on Sunday after Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from Qaraqosh 26

November 1, 2016 11:10 AM Mosul: Iraqi forces on city's doorstep

CNN on front lines as Iraqi troops make final push to Mosul Iraqi forces run for cover after a mortar shell struck near the village of Bazwaya, on the eastern edges of Mosul, Iraq, on Monday, October 31. An Iraqi-led offensive is underway to reclaim Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and the last major stronghold for ISIS in the country. An Iraqi soldier 89

November 1, 2016 10:23 AM Russia says resumption of Syria peace talks delayed indefinitely

MOSCOW: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday a Western failure to rein in violent Islamists in Syria had indefinitely delayed the resumption of peace talks. Shoigu said that rebels backed by Western governments had been attacking civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, despite a pause in Russian and Syrian air attacks. "As a result 60

November 1, 2016 5:49 AM Iraqi forces make its first push into Mosul

MOSUL, IRAQ : Advancing Iraqi troops broke through Islamic State defenses in an eastern suburb of Mosul on Monday, taking the battle for the insurgents' stronghold into the city limits for the first time, a force commander said. The fighting came after two weeks of advances by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces who cleared surrounding areas of insurgents, in the early 62

November 1, 2016 4:40 AM Colonial says fuel pipelines remain shut, explosion caused one fatality

Colonial Pipeline Co [COLPI.UL] said on Monday its two main gasoline and distillates pipelines remain shut after an explosion on the gasoline pipeline (Line 1) caused a fire in Shelby County, Alabama. A contract crew working on the gasoline pipeline experienced an incident when the trackhoe it was using hit the line, gasoline was ignited and caused a fire, Colonial 28

October 31, 2016 6:32 PM Lebanon's Aoun wins presidency to end two year political vacuum

BEIRUT The Lebanese parliament elected former army commander Michel Aoun as president on Monday, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum in a political deal that secured victory for his Lebanese Shi'ite ally Hezbollah, Iran and Syria. Sunni leader Saad al-Hariri, an opponent of Hezbollah and its allies, is set to be named prime minister in the deal that marked 46

October 31, 2016 1:42 PM Michel Aoun Is Elected as Lebonon's New President

BEIRUT — Lebanon's parliament elected Michel Aoun as the country's president on Monday, ending a more than two-year vacuum in the top post and a political crisis that brought state institutions perilously close to collapse. The 81-year-old former army commander is a strong ally of the militant group Hezbollah. He secured a simple majority of votes in the house 86

October 31, 2016 1:20 PM Iraqi troops to enter Mosul in 'matter of hours'

Experience the front lines of the Mosul offensive Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi launch missiles on the village of Salmani, south of Mosul, on Sunday, October 30. An Iraqi-led offensive is underway to reclaim Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and the last major stronghold for ISIS in the country. Iraqi families who were displaced by the ongoing 78

October 31, 2016 12:50 PM Lebanese lawmakers pick Hezbollah-ally Michel Aoun to end presidential logjam

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s parliament ended a more than two-year leadership vacuum Monday, electing as president a former general supported by the powerful Hezbollah militia to give the Iranian-backed militia even wider clout in Lebanon’s affairs. The selection of Michel Aoun, a Christian, highlights the complex alliances among Lebanon’s various factions as the country 66

October 31, 2016 12:17 PM Lebanon: Will new president end political crisis?

For almost two-and-a-half years, Lebanon - politically split along sectarian fault lines - has been without a president. Michel Aoun, Christian leader and founder of the Free Patriotic Movement, and for a long time one of the main contenders, has since 2006 been an ally of the Iranian-backed Shia party, Hezbollah - formerly a bitter political opponent 56