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Kurdish forces advance as international opposition to Islamic State grows
Kurdish forces advance as international opposition to Islamic State grows

On Sunday the Peshmerga, military of the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq, gained control of parts of the Mosul Dam, as part of their advance against insurgents of the Islamic State. International opposition to the Islamic militant group has grown this week.

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Chadian soldiers rescue Nigerian Boko Haram hostages
Chadian soldiers rescue Nigerian Boko Haram hostages

85 Nigerian villagers, members of a group Nigerian officials said they believed kidnapped by militant extremist group Boko Haram earlier this month, were reported on Friday to have been freed by Chadian soldiers, as they and their captors tried to cross the border near Lake Chad.

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University defeat Maroochydore in round 14 of 2014 Sunshine Coast Rugby Union season
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University defeat Maroochydore in round 14 of 2014 Sunshine Coast Rugby Union season

University defeated Maroochydore 27 points to 0 in heavy rain in round 14 of 2014 Sunshine Coast Rugby Union at Cotton Tree, Australia on Saturday.

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US researchers find a large asteroid held together by forces other than gravity
US researchers find a large asteroid held together by forces other than gravity

A team of researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has confirmed that near-Earth asteroid (29075) 1950 DA is primarily held together by van der Waals forces rather than gravity.

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Texas Governor Perry indicted on two felony counts
Texas Governor Perry indicted on two felony counts

Some Texans are calling for the resignation of Governor Rick Perry, after he was indicted on Friday on two felony counts.

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