World Bulletin/News Desk
ISIL militants extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing three more towns and gaining a foothold near the Kurdish region, witnesses said.
The advance came after the Sunni militants inflicted a humiliating defeat on Kurdish forces in a weekend sweep in the north.
The ISIL clashed with Kurdish forces on Wednesday in the town of Makhmur near Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish semi-autonomous zone.
In the latest advance, its fighters seized Makhmur and the mainly Christian town of Tilkaif, as well as Al Kwair, witnesses said.
Militants also have seized one of the last remaining government bases in the northern province of Raqqa, activists said on Thursday, in clashes a monitoring group said killed more than 40 people.
Last month the group killed at least 50 Syrian government forces as they took over parts of another base in the area.
On Thursday, a monitoring group and Islamic State supporters said the militants had taken full control of the 93th Brigade military base after an attack that opened with multiple suicide car bomb attacks.
"Allahu Akbar (God is greatest), we announce ... the total liberation of the 93th Brigade," said a Twitter feed which regularly publishes news from Islamic State in Raqqa province.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 27 pro-government fighters were killed after three fighters blew themselves up in car bombs at the gates and around the base and in the ensuing clashes.
At least 11 ISIL fighters were killed, added the group, which monitors violence in Syria through a network of sources. It said "dozens" more were wounded.
The Observatory estimates that the Islamic State controls about 35 percent of Syrian territory - although much of that is desert.
The government has meanwhile consolidated its grip on the country's more densely populated central areas, including a corridor stretching from the capital Damascus to the Mediterranean coast in the west.
More than 170,000 people have been killed in Syria's civil war, which pits overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the Shi'ite-derived Alawite minority, backed by Shi'ite militias from Iraq and Lebanon.
Italian police believe the suspects were involved in the October 2009 bomb attack in the Pakistani city of Peshawar that killed over 100 people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that a new system for asylum seekers needs to be in place for an equal distribution of refugees across European countries.
UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has called on the media to act against xenophobia with "freedom of expression'" being used as a guise that recycles intolerance towards refugees.
Six people were killed and five others injured from the "Zaghawa Um-Kmelty" tribe in South Darfur on Thursday at the hands of peacekeepers from the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
Racist incidents have more than tripled, say refugee organisations, with attacks on buildings that house foreigners also being attacked.
Eight Palestinians were hurt as the Israeli army dispersed tear gas with one Palestinian shot in the foot, while others were hit by rubber bullets
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Kremlin says that US Congress had passed a Ukraine Freedom Support Act in 2014 which would allow for the provision of advanced weaponry.
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The Consumers Association of Malawi have called for a boycott of South African products in response to attacks against African migrants in the country.
Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz has said that 14 out of the 115 citizens have been deported back to Spain, nine of whom are languishing in prison.
A UN vehicle was struck by a landmine injuring 7 UN peacekeepers.
NGOs such as Amnesty International say increase in funding will not solve problem of refugee deaths.
Win Aung was blacklisted for his financial support of the military government that was replaced by a semi-civilian administration in 2011.
Circassians call out to Putin and criticize his hypocrisy as he labels the Armenian incident as genocide when failing to recognize the Russian tsarists massacre of Circassia