Islamic State calls on members to carry out jihad in Russia

Islamic State calls on members to carry out jihad in RussiaIslamic State called on its group members to carry out jihad in Russia in a nine-minute YouTube video on Sunday. "Listen Putin, we will come to Russia and will kill you at your homes ... Oh Brothers, carry out jihad and kill and fight them," a masked man driving a car in the desert yelled while wagging his finger in the last couple of minutes of the video. The video with subtitles showed footage of armed men attacking armored vehicles and tents and collecting arms in the desert.


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California firefighters struggle to slow Big Sur blaze

California firefighters struggle to slow Big Sur blazeBy Michael Fiala CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters struggled on Sunday to slow a deadly wildfire that has raged for 10 days near California's Big Sur coast, destroying dozens of homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents and campers, authorities said. The so-called Soberanes Fire, which erupted on July 22 just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, grew by 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) overnight and has scorched 38,000 acres of parched chaparral and timberland in and around the Los Padres National Forest. "Firefighters are meeting challenges due to topography, fuel load, and dry humidity," said Katherine Garver, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).


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Pope says Islam is not terrorism

Pope says Islam is not terrorismPope Francis said Sunday that Islam could not be equated with terrorism and warned Europe was pushing its young into the hands of extremists. "It's not true and it's not correct (to say) Islam is terrorism," he told journalists aboard the papal plane during the return journey from a trip to Poland. "I don't think it is right to equate Islam with violence".


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Taliban claims truck bomb blast in Kabul

Taliban claims truck bomb blast in KabulThe Taliban claimed responsibility for a truck bomb attack on a military and logistics services compound in Kabul early on Monday after a powerful explosion was heard all around the city. A security services official said four heavily armed attackers were fighting on the site of the Northgate Hotel, a secure residential compound for foreign military and civilian organizations. A statement from the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said had caused dozens of casualties and added its fighters had entered the compound.


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'Give them a bloody nose': Xi pressed for stronger South China Sea response

'Give them a bloody nose': Xi pressed for stronger South China Sea responseBy Ben Blanchard and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's leadership is resisting pressure from elements within the military for a more forceful response to an international court ruling against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea, sources said, wary of provoking a clash with the United States. China refused to participate in the case overseen by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The ruling has been followed in China by a wave of nationalist sentiment, scattered protests and strongly worded editorials in state media.


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Italy says 6,500 migrants rescued since Thursday

Italy says 6,500 migrants rescued since ThursdayThe Italian coastguard said the bodies of five migrants were recovered from the Mediterranean Sunday, while more than 6,500 people had been rescued off Libya since Thursday. In one operation by the Italian navy vessel Vega, "five migrants were picked up out of the sea, three people were resuscitated and two were already dead," the coastguard said on its Twitter account. The German aid group Jugend Rettet added that its ship Iuventa had taken part in the same operation to save 130 people packed onto a rubber dinghy that was taking on water, and had also recovered two bodies.


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Obama to cite progress on veterans' issues in Monday speech

Obama to cite progress on veterans' issues in Monday speechWASHINGTON (AP) — In a valedictory address to veterans during a presidential campaign in which their issues have been front and center, President Barack Obama will argue that getting ex-military members the health care and benefits they've earned is a national promise that "can't be broken." He'll also tout administration progress on reducing homelessness among veterans.


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