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A Peshmerga fighter looks at at smoke rising in the distance on the front line of fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants east of Mosul, on August 18, 201MIlitary's Central Command said focus is on Islamic militants in area of Mosul and area of key dam.


2014-08-21 10:21:47 -0600

Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds (centre) raises his hat to the crowd as he parades during the St Patrick's day parade in New York on March 17, 1998Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who helped broker the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81. Reynolds served twice as taoiseach, or prime minister, once in 1992 and then again in 1993-94. His son Philip, who announced Reynolds' death overnight Wednesday, said his father had recently been suffering from the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he learned of the news "with great regret".


2014-08-21 11:25:32 -0600

A yellow ribbon is tied to a tree outside the family home of freelance journalist James Foley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Rochester, N.H. Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, militants with the Islamic State extremist group released a video showing Islamic State militants beheading Foley in an act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq . (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros— in ransom for his release.


2014-08-21 10:28:10 -0600