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By Robin Emmott and Phil Stewart BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday it will send fighter jets to Romania next year and the United States promised troops, tanks and artillery to Poland in NATO's biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War. Germany, Canada and other NATO allies also pledged forces at a defense ministers meeting in Brussels on the same day two Russian warships armed with cruise missiles entered the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Denmark, underscoring East-West tensions. In Madrid, the foreign ministry said Russia had withdrawn a request to refuel three warships in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta after NATO allies said they could be used to target civilians in Syria.Islamic State holds up Iraqi army south of Mosul
By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Saif Hameed QAYYARA/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters kept up on Wednesday their fierce defense of the southern approaches to Mosul, which has held up Iraqi troops there and forced an elite army unit east of the city to put a more rapid advance on hold. Ten days into what is expected to be the biggest ground offensive in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, army and federal police units aim to dislodge the militants from villages in the region of Shora, 30 km (20 miles) south of Mosul. The frontlines in other areas have moved much closer to the edges of the city, the last major stronghold under control of the militants in Iraq, who have held it since 2014.U.S. says two top al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan targeted in strikes
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States carried out strikes in Afghanistan on Sunday targeting two of al Qaeda's most senior leaders in the country, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The U.S. military is still assessing the results of the strikes against the two leaders who were targeted at command-and-control locations in remote areas of Kunar province, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the air strikes, carried out by drones, were the most significant attacks against the group in Afghanistan in several years.In hats and t-shirts, Trump fans rally in Jerusalem's Old City
By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - On a rooftop overlooking the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, around 200 American-Israeli fans of Donald Trump gathered to proclaim their support for the Republican candidate, convinced he will be Israel's best friend if elected. "Trump will let Israel be itself and make its own decisions, that's what I like," David Weissman, a 35-year-old from Queens, New York, who moved to Israel three years ago, said at the event late on Wednesday. Trump has said that the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct fabricated their stories to damage his campaign.At Iraqi village, victory is fraught with risks in Mosul offensive
By Michael Georgy FADILIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga fighter Germad Yihya stood on a small berm overlooking a village where he said Islamic State militants had been defeated. A day earlier, a suicide bomber had rushed out of the thick green vegetation and killed five of his comrades after Kurdish forces had fought for 10 days to gain the upper hand in Fadiliya, where 1,000 people remain trapped, surrounded by roadside bombs. Iraqi and Kurdish forces have cleared more than 30 villages like Fadiliya during their offensive to drive Islamic State from its main Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, in what is expected to be the biggest battle in Iraq for more than a decade.New Calais "Jungle" arrivals cannot use resettlement scheme: prefect
Migrants arriving at France's Calais "Jungle" since demolition of the camp began cannot expect to be resettled by the local authorities, the government prefect in the region said on Thursday. A resettlement center that has been sending camp inhabitants on to reception centers across France as part of the shutdown process was now closed, Prefect Fabienne Buccio told reporters at the site. "It is not Calais' role to receive all the migrants of Europe.India detains Pakistani diplomat at Delhi Zoo for 'spying'
Indian police temporarily detained a Pakistani diplomat working in New Delhi for allegedly running a spy racket that accessed sensitive information about Indian security operations along its border, officials said on Thursday. The detention comes amid heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals over the disputed region of Kashmir. Delhi police said the man was caught on Wednesday outside the gates to Delhi Zoo, where he had met two Indian associates police believe he had recruited to spy for him.Cambodia assures US that political deadlock will end soon
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) ? Cambodia's foreign minister has assured the United States that the political deadlock in the country will ease soon since opposition lawmakers have agreed to end their boycott of the parliament and attend its upcoming plenary session. †Support for South Korea's Park slides to all-time low amid crisis over friend
By Jack Kim and Yun Hwan Chae SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye faces a deepening crisis over allegations an old friend enjoyed inappropriate influence over her, a scandal that has sapped her support to an all-time low. Park's popularity has slumped to 17.5 percent, the lowest since she took office in February 2013, according to a poll released on Thursday by pollster Realmeter. Forty-two percent of people polled said Park should face impeachment or step down.Turkey issues warrants for 73 pilots linked to Gulen
ISTANBUL (AP) ? Turkey's state-run news agency says 73 military pilots are to be detained as part of the ongoing investigation into the movement allegedly responsible for the failed coup on July 15.UNICEF says school attack a potential war crime
BEIRUT (AP) ? The U.N. Children's agency called the airstrikes in Syria's rebel-held northern Idlib province a day earlier an "outrage", suggesting it may be the deadliest attack on a school since the country's war began nearly six years ago. The attack, according to UNICEF, killed 22 children and six of their teachers.Russia denies its warships will join Aleppo bombardment: RIA
The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed suggestions from NATO that a Russian battle group in the Mediterranean would join the bombardment of Syria's Aleppo as absurd, the RIA news agency reported on Thursday. RIA cited the ministry as saying NATO had no reason to worry about the battle group and that the Russian air force had not flown any bombing runs in Aleppo for nine days. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Tuesday that the ships, headed for Syria, could be used to target civilians in the besieged city of Aleppo and to launch more air strikes.Rikard Karlberg takes 1-shot lead in China in HSBC debut
SHANGHAI (AP) ? Rikard Karlberg made his World Golf Championships debut with an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler in the HSBC Champions on Thursday.