Iraqi army storms to edge of Islamic State-held Falluja; fresh bombings hit Baghdad

SOUTHERN OUTSKIRTS OF FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – The Iraqi army stormed to the southern edge of Falluja under U.S. air support on Monday and captured a police station inside the city limits, launching a direct assault to retake one of the main strongholds of Islamic State militants.

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Bangladesh panel finds possible insider role in central bank cyber theft

DHAKA (Reuters) – Officials of Bangladesh Bank may have been involved in a brazen theft of $81 million from its account with the New York Federal Reserve Bank in February, the head of a government-appointed panel investigating the cyber heist told reporters on Monday.

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Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Russia of arming PKK militants – newspaper

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia of providing anti-aircraft weaponry and rockets to militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the pro-government Star newspaper and other local media reported on Monday.

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New photo of Japanese hostage appears with message pleading for help

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the internet.

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Asia shares slip, dollar firm after Yellen’s hike remarks

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares edged down on Monday and the dollar marked fresh highs after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen suggested that an interest rate hike could be around the corner.

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Western-backed Syrian opposition’s chief peace negotiator quits over failure of peace talks

AMMAN (Reuters) – The chief peace negotiator of Syria’s mainstream opposition said on Sunday he was resigning over the failure of the U.N.- backed Geneva peace talks to bring a political settlement and to ease the plight of Syrians living in besieged rebel-held areas.

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Brother of man killed in U.S. strike on Taliban chief files police report

QUETTA/DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – The brother of a man killed alongside Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike in southwest Pakistan has filed a report with police asking for his brother’s killing to be investigated, officials said on Sunday.

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