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There has been a global alarm over rising sea levels as satellites monitoring the state of the Antarctica, otherwise known as the White Continent, indicate some two hundred billion tonnes of ice are now being lost to the ocean yearly.

 

The BBC quoted a report published in the journal Nature saying that the trend is pushing up global sea levels by zero point six millimetres annually, which represents a three-fold increase since 2012 when the last assessment was undertaken.

 

The researchers say the losses are occurring predominantly in the West of the continent, where warm waters are getting under and melting the fronts of glaciers that terminate in the ocean.

 

They expect that governments will need to take account of the information and its accelerating trend as they plan future defences to protect low-lying coastal communities.

 

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Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a U.S.-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan.

 

This comes after the U.S. military confirmed in Washington that it had carried out a strike aimed at a senior militant figure in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, which is on the Pakistani border.

 

Reuters news agency reports that an official at the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan confirmed Fazlullah was killed on Thursday.

 

A senior Afghan Defence Ministry official quoted in the report said the killing of Fazlullah was likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan.

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The United States says it will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Syrian government violations in a designated de-escalation zone, southwest of the country.

 

The US State Department gave this indication after President Bashar Al-Assad said his government would use military force against the rebel-held southwest, if political solution failed.

 

After seven years of the Syrian conflict, the southwest of Syria, bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, is one of the parts of the country that are still outside the state’s control.

 

Experts have investigated reported use of chemical weapons by Assad’s government, with more than five hundred thousand people killed in the fighting so far.

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Former director of the American FBI, James Comey, has been indicted in a long-awaited report on the handling of the investigation of the emails of former Secretary of State and Democrats presidential candidate in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton.

 

The report released by the US Department of Justice accuses found that Comey was insubordinate but not politically biased, as against Hillary Clinton’s claim that his handling of the email affair robbed her of victory against Donald Trump of the Republican Party.

 

Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Comey had broken dramatically from FBI and department norms in handling the Clinton’s emails inquiry, adding that he was also found to have used a private email account for FBI business.

 

In his response; FBI Director Christopher Wray said he accepted the report's findings but added that nothing in the report pointed towards political bias or impugned the FBI as an institution.

 

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Campaigning ahead of elections in Turkey has been hit by violence, with four people killed and eight wounded in the southern part of the country.

 

Reports indicate that the incident has heightened tensions ahead of the vote on 24th June vote, in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is aiming for a second term.

 

The clash broke out in the mainly Kurdish town of Suruc, when a parliamentarian from the ruling AKP, Ibrahim Halil Yildiz, was touring some shops.

 

However; pro-government and pro-Kurdish accounts of the incident are significantly different, with reports that Kurdish militant shopkeepers attacked the MP's entourage, with his brother among the dead.

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