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From Arms to a Bear – This is World News In Focus


Iraq: Iraqi forces entered the grounds of the Al Nuri Grand Mosque in Mosul on Thursday, taking back the ravaged site from Islamic State militants.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself caliph and leader of Islamic State at the captured mosque three years ago on 29 June 2014.

The Iraqi military advance symbolizes “the end of the ISIS state,” according to Iraqi prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi, who vowed to drive the remaining ISIS forces out of the country.

But what is left of the mosque and the remnant of the old city is but debris and destruction.

For more we go to BBC News:


Ukraine: A malicious software dubbed “NotPetya” crippled computer systems in Ukraine on Tuesday and caused global-scale damage.

The digital-epidemic started with the Ukrainian government and business computer systems. It then spread through a hacked Ukrainian accountancy software developer to companies in Russia, Western Europe, and the U.S., according to the Guardian.

IT systems of at least 2,000 individuals and organizations worldwide were affected, and owners were required to pay $300 to have their installations and information restored.

Banks, shipping companies in Denmark, drugstore chains in the United States, and even chocolate factories in Australia were among the victims of the cyber-attacks.

The malware is said to be similar to the WannaCry ransomware that wreaked havoc across the world in May, in that it used the same National Security Agency hacking tool, Eternal Blue, to promote its spread among computers.

For more we go to CNN:


US: President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban may go ahead, partially at least, the U.S. Supreme Court said last Monday.

With the partial ban, to be in force for 90 days, visitors from Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Yemen, Syria, and Libya who lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the US” will be affected.

Meanwhile, the U.S. refugee resettlement program will also be suspended for 120 days.

But citizens from the six Muslim-majority countries who already have visas will be allowed into the United States.

The court will hear arguments on the legality of the President’s order in October and decide whether the travel ban is consistent with the Constitution.

For more we go to PBS NewsHour:


UK: UK author and creator of popular children’s character Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, 91, died at home on Tuesday after a short illness.

Mr Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1926.  He was living in the Maida Vale section of London near to the Paddington Station when he created Paddington Bear, an illustrated figure clad in blue duffel coat with a floppy felt hat and red Wellington boots, which is “from darkest Peru.”

From “A Bear Called Paddington” published in 1958 to the latest “Paddington’s Finest Hour” published in April, Mr Bond published almost 200 books during his lifetime, according to his publisher, HarperCollins.

More than 35 million Paddington Bear books have been sold worldwide, spawning toys, TV programs, and films.  The books have been translated into at least 40 languages.

Mr Bond was awarded a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015, and is survived by his second wife, Susan Marfrey Rogers,  a daughter, Karen Jankel, a son, Anthony, four grandchildren, and a lovable bear.

For more we go to the Telegraph:


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Lead-In Image (Paddington Bear Statue) Courtesy of chrisdorney / – “LONDON, UK – NOVEMBER 4TH 2014: A sculpture of Michael Bond’s fictional children’s character Paddington Bear – situated in Paddington Station in London on 4th November 2014.”

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