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Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque 'shows IS defeated'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC filmed these pictures of the mosque from across the front line just hours before it was destroyedIraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is "an official declaration of defeat" by so-called Islamic State (IS).Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret as jihadists battled to stop advancing pro-government troops.IS said American aircraft had destroyed the complex, a claim denied by the US.Aerial photographs show the complex largely destroyed.The mosque, which was more than 800 years old, was where in July 2014 IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi commanded allegiance in his first and only public appearance following IS' declaration days earlier of a "caliphate".The mosque's destruction has brought widespread condemnation.A senior US commander in Iraq said IS had destroyed "one of Mosul and...image

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Syria conflict: Australia resumes anti-IS air raids

Image copyright Australian Defence Force Image caption An RAAF crew prepare to take-off in F/A-18E Super Hornets Australia has said it will resume its military air operations over Syria.A temporary suspension was declared on Tuesday after Russia warned it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets.That warning came after the US shot down a Syrian military plane.The Australian Defence Force said it had been "a precautionary measure to allow the coalition to assess the operational risk".The statement did not say how long the suspension had been in place. Australia has deployed about 780 military personnel as part of the US-led coalition fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) in both Iraq and Syria.The temporary halt in operations came as the coalition and the fighters it is supporting on the ground attempt to oust IS militants from Raqqa, the de facto capital of the "caliphate" they proclaimed in 2014.Australia...Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets at an air base

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China cracks down on toothpick crossbow toys

Image copyright 1688.com If you think fidget spinners can be dangerous toys, wait until you come across a kid playing with a toothpick crossbow - and then take cover. The new gadget toy appears to be selling like hotcakes in China - much to the horror of concerned parents across the country. The tiny crossbows fire toothpicks powerful enough to break cardboard, apples or even soda cans. Some cities worried the toys can cause serious injury have now banned them.According to Chinese media, cities like Chengdu, Kunming and Harbin have already banned sales of the toy, while parents in Hong Kong are also raising concerns. Image copyright 1688.com Image caption This bow sold on 1688.com costs as little as five yuan if bought in bulk The small crossbows come as a cheap plastic version for about four yuan (£0.5; $0.6) while the metal versions of the mini weapon cost around...Toothpick crossbow

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Trump talks up solar panel plan for Mexico wall

Image copyright AFP Image caption Donald Trump's proposed wall on the US-Mexico border was a campaign rallying cry US President Donald Trump has told supporters that his proposed wall along the border with Mexico could have solar panels fixed to it.Addressing a rally in Iowa, he said the panels would provide cheap energy and help to pay for the controversial wall.He suggested the plan was his own, saying: "Pretty good imagination, right? Good? My idea."However, solar panels have been included in designs for the wall submitted by companies.During his campaign, Mr Trump pledged to build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking.He insisted he would make Mexico foot the bill, but President Enrique Peña Nieto has dismissed the idea.Mr Trump told cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday that he would "give you an idea that nobody has heard about...A Mexican family stands next to the border wall between Mexico and the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on May 23, 2017

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Remains of Menem Jr exhumed amid murder claims in Argentina

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This picture shows Carlos Menem and his son in 1993, two years before the helicopter crash The remains of the son of the former Argentine President, Carlos Menem, have been exhumed, 22 years after he died in a helicopter crash. A judge ordered the exhumation as part of a new investigation into the cause of his death. Carlos Saúl Facundo Menem, known in Argentina as Carlitos or Menem Jr, died when the helicopter he was flying crashed into high-voltage cables. His mother Zulema Yoma said he was the victim of a terrorist attack. She believes he was shot in the head and the body in his grave may have been swapped to hide evidence of a bullet wound. He was 26 when he died on 15 March 1995.Forensic experts will carry out new DNA tests in the remains exhumed on Wednesday morning from the...Argentine President Carlos Menem (L) with his son Carlos Facundo (1993 file photo)

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