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How fast can a nuke fly?
There are just over 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world and several ways countries can deploy them. Jim Sciutto explains the potentially catastrophic effect nuclear weapons can have and what technologies exist to defend against them.
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NATO chief says welcomes Turkey's efforts against IS: NTV
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he welcomed Turkey's efforts against Islamic State and that Ankara had a right to defend itself.
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NATO chief says welcomes Turkey's efforts against Islamic State: NTV
ANKARA (Reuters) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he welcomed Turkey's efforts against Islamic State and that Ankara had a right to defend itself.
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Boycott Israel City Council hearing gets heated; dozens removed
A heated holy war broke out at a City Council hearing Thursday.
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France divided on burkini ban
With a recent poll suggesting that 64% are opposed to women wearing burkinis in France, the country's beaches have become the ground zero for the battle over its ban.
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Mosul Offensive to Begin in Coming Weeks, General Says
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the new commander of the U.S.-led military coalition against Islamic State, says fight to retake the jihadist-held city will be long and difficult.
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The 2017 incredible world records
From the tallest female dog to the biggest chair in the world, the 2017 Guinness book includes many intriguing world records.
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Iraq gears up for late-year push to retake Mosul from Islamic State
QAYYARA AIRBASE, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S.-led war on Islamic State has depleted the group's funds, leadership and foreign fighters, but the biggest battle yet is expected later this year in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his "caliphate" two years ago.
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Turkish military says takes control of four settlements in Syria operation
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military said on Thursday it had taken control of four residential areas in northern Syria as it presses an offensive to sweep Islamic State out of a patch of border territory and prevent Kurdish militia fighters gaining ground in their wake.
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Promised land? For Sudan family, Detroit is like another planet
They were Sudanese refugees given a new home in Detroit. But how do you survive in a land you don't understand?        
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The 2 big problems with Hillary Clinton's pledge to never send ground troops into Iraq and Syria
Blanket foreign policy promises are a bad idea, Part 431.
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Elite unit fighting human trafficking
A group of undercover officers in Winnipeg, Canada, is leading a new way to fight human trafficking -- firmly focused on helping victims.
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Fight for key cities imminent
Expelling the Islamic State group from the last territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border has effectively cut the militants’ supply lines from the outside world. That could affect their ability to protect their last bastions — the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.The area und...
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Islamic State’s loss border area with Turkey sharply harms group
Expelling the Islamic State group from the last territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border has effectively cut the militants' supply lines from the outside world.
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Italy breaks up ring smuggling Syrian refugees to Western Europe
ROME (Reuters) - Italian police said on Tuesday they had broken up a criminal network that smuggled mostly Syrian refugees across the Balkans to Western Europe.
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The rise and rise of the border wall
There is a gap between rhetoric and reality when it comes to this geopolitical tool of choice.
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The child victims of barrel bombs
Aleppo's children continue to become victims of the bloody Syrian conflict.
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On the front lines of Asia's Zika fight
Singapore's government is taking active measures to kill the Zika virus in the small nation. CNN's Manisha Tank examines what is being done.
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Explosion in Cairo suburb kills one, injures three
Officials say one person killed and three members of his family injured when a device exploded in his backyard in Cairo.
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Europe won’t follow US & UK gadget ban on flights from Middle East
European countries are not going to adopt the new safety regulations prohibiting electronics on flights from some Middle East airports, imposed by the US and Britain earlier this week. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘US is free to fly jets full of bombs’: Electronics ban sparks anger and ridicule
As the airline electronics ban spread from the US to the UK, many of those affected took to social media to air their grievances,and to poke fun at the confusing rule. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Little girl tries to steal Pope's hat
"It's her first full day in Rome, who knows what she will get up to tomorrow," the little girl's godfather told CNN.
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Airline electronics ban: What you need to know
The US and UK have banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism.
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London attack: Watch how it unfolded
Four people died and about 40 were injured when an attacker rammed a car into crowds of people before stabbing a police officer in the grounds of the UK Parliament in London.
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London attack location: One thing to know
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh explains why the attack on the heart of London was so symbolic.
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Carrying on: The day after a terrorist attack
After a deadly attack struck the heart of London, millions of everyday acts show a refusal to give in to fear.
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Iran accused of undermining Middle East security
Foreign minister backs dialogue with 'brothers in Islam' but Saudi counterpart urges 'red lines' to halt Iran's actions.
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Syria ceasefire opens door to talks -- UN
The UN's envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, says the latest ceasefire in the war-ravaged country is holding better than previous ones and that the pause in fighting should pave the way for talks toward a political solution.
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Dutch populist leader: Moroccan immigrants 'scum'
Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders said "there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe" while speaking in Spijkenisse, Netherlands.
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New horned-face dinosaur species found
Researchers in Mexico have uncovered a new species of horned-face dinosaur that lived 73 million years ago.
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Is child labor powering your cell phone?

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Iraq launches offensive to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State
Iraqi forces early morning Sunday began a large-scale offensive to seize the western side of Mosul, Islamic State's de-facto capital in Iraq. It was the second phase of the campaign liberate the city from Islamic State. An earlier offensive had taken the eastern half of the city late January. As...
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Trump lashes out at media
During Thursday's press conference announcing his Labor pick, President Trump complained about unfair media coverage while defending his administration's performance.
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Turkish military says almost taken control of Syria's al-Bab
ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish military said on Friday it was nearing the end of its operation to take control of the northern Syrian city of al-Bab from Islamic State and that the jihadists' resistance had largely been broken.
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Saudi Arabia says four ISIL cells broken up
At least 18 arrested for providing shelter and funds to ISIL fighters and for recruitment in different parts of kingdom.
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Fighting intensifies in Syria's Deraa
Heavy Russian attacks reported after rebels try to obstruct Syrian government bid to retake strategic border crossing.
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It's official: Our enemy is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS
What’s in a name?The Islamic State terrorist group would be still be barbaric under any of its names         
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Russia, Iran Need Each Other, Despite Disagreements
Any deal making it worthwhile for Moscow to upend its deepening ties with Iran would be exceedingly hard for President Donald Trump to deliver, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.
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Making artificial organs? Try cotton candy
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are repurposing cotton candy machines to create blood capillaries -- a first step in the creation of artificial organs.
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Venezuela shuts off CNN in Spanish after criticizing channel's report
Venezuela's government has suspended CNN in Spanish, shutting off the news channel after a report on fraudulent passports that drew angry criticism from officials. The country's National Telecommunications Commission announced Wednesday that it initiated the "administrative sanction" because of...
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Is Indonesia a tolerant country?
Millions voted in regional elections seen as a test for diversity.
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Vermont Air National Guard to return from Middle East
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - About 300 Vermont Air National Guard members will be returning soon from a three-month deployment in the Middle East. Members of the Guard's 158th Fighter Wing were deployed as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, supporting combat missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. They are ...
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Anti-Assad states to meet on Syria amid concerns over U.S. policy
BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will meet on Friday for the first time since Donald Trump's U.S. administration took office, to seek common ground ahead of U.N.-backed peace talks in Geneva next week.
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Jordan commander: IS expands hold in border camp for Syrians
JORDAN-SYRIA BORDER (AP) — Armed Islamic State extremists are expanding their influence in a sprawling camp for displaced Syrians on Jordan's border, posing a growing threat to the U.S.-allied kingdom, a senior Jordanian military commander said.
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U.S., Mideast Allies Explore Arab Military Coalition
The Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about having them form a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel to help counter their mutual foe, Iran, according to several Middle Eastern officials.
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Merkel Asks Tunisia to Take Back More Nationals
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Tunisia to take back more of its nationals who fail to secure asylum in Berlin’s latest effort to reduce the number of undocumented migrants in the country.
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Virginia judge blocks Trump travel ban
Stephen FellerFeb. 14 (UPI) -- A district court judge made Virginia the third state to block President Trump's executive order banning travel to and from seven Middle Eastern countries.
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Berlinale: Lebanon’s Abbout Prods. to Shoot First Arab Zombie TV Series (EXCLUSIVE)
Lebanese producer Georges Schouair’s Abbout Prods. is set to shoot groundbreaking skein “Ghoul,” touted as the first zombie TV series out of the Arab world. The eight-episode skein, in which eight strangers from different corners of the Middle East face the outbreak of a zombie plague, has been developed by Abbout — which is among... Read more »
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Moroccan pragmatism: A new chapter for Western Sahara
Morocco is better positioned than ever to protect its interests in Western Sahara after returning to the African Union.
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Erdogan: Turkish troops enter ISIL-held Al Bab
Turkish troops and their Syrian allies enter ISIL bastion Al Bab, and capture is imminent, Turkish president says.
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