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Iraqi Premier tells IS members in Mosul to surrender or die

The Prime Minister of Iraq has urged the Islamic State group to surrender as government troops close in on its last urban stronghold in the country, Mosul.
Haider al-Abadi appeared on state TV wearing combat fatigues and said they have no choice but to surrender or to die. Iraqi special forces are now about
a kilometer away from Mosul's eastern edge and preparing to enter. Units of the army are meanwhile advancing from the south.

Iraqi forces near Mosul city's eastern outskirts.

Iraqi special forces are now less than 1.5 kilometers from the eastern outskirts of Mosul and are preparing to enter the city held by Islamic State fighters. Hundreds of Counter-Terrorism Service troops entered Bazwaya, the last village before the city boundary, after launching a dawn assault on Monday.

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Diwali fireworks choke Delhi, angering Indians.

Angry residents of the Indian capital, Delhi, are sharing images of smog, one day after Diwali celebrations saw huge quantities of fireworks set off. Levels of pollutants in the air were 30 times the World Health Organisation's recommended level in one neighbourhood.

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Italy struggles in quake aftermath

Thousands of people in Central Italy have spent the night in cars, tents and temporary accommodation following the fourth earthquake in the area in three months. The 6.6-magnitude quake, Italy's strongest in decades, struck close to the region where nearly 300 people were killed by a quake in August.

This time no-one appears to have died, but about 20 people were injured. Powerful aftershocks are still bringing down masonry.  The medieval basilica of St Benedict in Norcia was among many historic buildings and structures that were destroyed.

Powerful tremor near Norcia in Italy destroys buildings

A strong earthquake has struck near Norcia in central Italy, destroying numerous buildings. It comes nearly two months after a major earthquake killed almost 300 people and destroyed several towns.

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Clinton campaign condemns FBI email move

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign team has challenged the FBI over its decision to brief US lawmakers on a new inquiry into the Democratic candidate's email use. FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of the move in a letter on Friday, 11 days before the election. Mrs Clinton told supporters the move, was "unprecedented" and "deeply troubling". But Republican opponent Donald Trump has praised the bureau's decision.

Plane catches fire at Chicago airport

An American Airlines plane has caught fire on the runway of Chicago's O'Hare airport while taking off. Officials involved in the investigation said, the Boeing 767 bound for Miami experienced an "uncontained engine failure".

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World's largest marine park created in Antarctic Ocean

Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed today to create the world's largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square kilometers of ocean.

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Another African country to leave the International Criminal Court

The Gambia says it will pull of the International Criminal Court after accusing the tribunal of persecuting and humiliating Africans. The small West African nation joins South Africa and Burundi in withdrawing from the court.

The ICC was set up to try the world's worst crimes but has been accused of unfairly targeting African leaders. Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang said the court had ignored Western war crimes. He pointed out the ICC, for example, had failed to indict former British Prime Minister Tony Blair over the Iraq war.

Dozens killed at Pakistan Police College

59 cadets and guards have been killed after militants attacked a police college in the Pakistani city of Quetta. Three militants wearing
suicide bomb vests entered the college late yesterday, reportedly taking hostages.


A major security operation lasted for hours and all attackers were killed. Pakistani security forces say communication intercepts
showed the attack was carried out by Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi militant group. Hundreds of trainees were evacuated
from Balochistan Police College as troops arrived to repel the militants. Local media reported at least three explosions at the scene.

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