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France to host talks Thursday on Mosul's future
Paris (AFP) - France will host an international meeting Thursday on the future of Mosul, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on the second day of a major offensive to retake Iraq's second city from the Islamic State group.
"We must anticipate, plan for the 'day after', and the stabilisation of Mosul after the military battle," Ayrault said Tuesday, adding that Iran, despite its influence in the region, was not invited to the talks.
The French foreign minister said the international coalition fighting IS also had a "responsibility" to retake Raqa, in Syria, which would be the last major city in either country under the group's control if Mosul falls.
"Not to go on to Raqa would be a bad mistake," Ayrault told reporters, adding: "If we want to fight effectively against terrorism it is essential to take this city."
The long-awaited offensive on Mosul was launched on Monday, with some 30,000 forces involved in Iraq's largest military operation since the 2011 pullout of US troops.
The US military, which is leading a coalition providing air and ground support, said Iraqi forces looked "ahead of schedule" but warned the battle would be long and difficult.
Ranieri gears up for another Leicester 'fairytale'
Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri looked forward to "another fairytale" after the 5,000-1 Premier League champions booked their place in the knockout phase of the Champions League.Leicester are toiling in the Premier League, sitting two points above the relegation zone, but Tuesday's 2-1 win over Club Brugge took them into the Champions League last 16 with a game to spare.Asked which of Europe's glamour clubs he would like to face in the next round, a… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Rubio faces moment of truth on secretary of state vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida faces a moment of truth as a Senate committee prepares to vote on President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of state.Rubio clashed with the nominee, Rex Tillerson, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing earlier this month. Rubio bridled at Tillerson's refusal to label Russian President Vladimir Putin a "war criminal" or condemn human rights violations in Saudi Arabia and the Philippines in strong enough terms. Trump defeated Rubio… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
World Travel Market 2016: Abu Dhabi rolls out new global ad campaign
Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general, TCA Abu Dhabi, left, chats to colleagues at World Travel Market 2016 in London Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has revealed an exciting new series of destination images and videos at World Travel Market in London – part of a new global destination campaign launched last week, aimed at encouraging travellers to experience Abu Dhabi’s ‘extraordinary stories’ and delve into its rich heritage. Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general, TCA Abu Dhabi, said:… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Puerto Rico reports nearly 500 new Zika cases amid epidemic
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's health secretary says nearly 500 new cases of Zika have been reported in the U.S. territory in the past week.Ana Rius said Monday that 34,562 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have now been registered, including nearly 2,700 that involve pregnant women. Nearly 290 people have been hospitalized.Authorities earlier this year declared a Zika epidemic on the island, and health officials have warned that a growing number of babies will be born with severe… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Edinburgh welcomes first Wow Air flight from Iceland
Edinburgh Airport has welcomed the first Wow Air flight from Iceland. Travellers arriving from the Nordic nation, as well as North America were greeted at the arrival gate by a bagpipe player, providing an authentic Scottish musical welcome. Flights will depart Edinburgh Airport for the airline’s hub in Reykjavik twice-weekly between July and October on Sundays and Wednesdays, with a total flight time of two hours 30 minutes. Passengers travelling through will then have a short stopover… chat_bubble_outline Read More...