Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Iraq launches military move to retake Fallujah from ISIS

In a televised address late Sunday night, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad.

Iraqi forces are "approaching a moment of great victory" against Islamic State, al-Abadi said surrounded by top military commanders from the ministry of defense and the country's elite counterterrorism forces. Fallujah is about 40 miles west of Baghdad and has been under the control of Islamic State for more than two years.

The announcements follows territorial gains elsewhere by Iraqi ground troops against Islamic State, most recently the capture of the western town of Rutba, 240 miles west of Baghdad, on the edge of Anbar province.

World leaders urged to reform aid * A top United Nations official has urged world leaders to reform the humanitarian aid system and uphold international humanitarian law ahead of a key summit.

Speaking on the eve of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the gathering was a "wake-up call for action."

He said Sunday that "there is a huge need for us to show solidarity with those who are affected by natural disasters and man- made disasters."

Eliasson urged leaders to defend international humanitarian law which is being flouted in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.

The event is a bid to boost the response to what the United Nations calls the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Sixty-five heads of state and government representatives from 180 countries are expected to attend.

Turkey's leader asks ally to form new government * Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday appointed one of his most trusted allies to form Turkey's new government, in a move seen to help consolidate his hold on power.

Binali Yildirim, the transportation and communications minister and a founding member of the ruling party, was tapped to replace Ahmet Davutoglu who stepped down amid growing differences with Erdogan, including his wish to overhaul the constitution to give the largely ceremonial presidency executive powers. …

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