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US led forces in 16 air strikes targeting Islamic State

American-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 16 air strikes from Friday morning through Saturday morning and conducted another six strikes against the group in Syria, the US military said.

A Reaper aircraft often used in airstrikes. Credit: Reuters

The strikes in Iraq were spread throughout the country,hitting targets near Baghdad, Bayji, Fallujah, Hit, Kirkuk, Mosul, Ramadi, Sinjar and Tal Afar, according to a military statement.

Those in Syria were concentrated near Al Hasakah, with four strikes hitting Islamic State tactical units and destroying fighting positions and artillery. The coalition forces also conducted air strikes near Dayr Az Zawr and Kobani.

FA chairman: Blatter won't see out full term of office

Sepp Blatter will not see out his latest term of office following his re-election on Friday because he will be forced to resign, English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said.

Dyke said he did not think an emergency meeting would be called by Fifa following the latest corruption allegations to hit the troubled organisation but he added: "I think what is more likely is there will be further scandals. "I think he (Blatter) will be then forced to resign."


US governor announces plan to take on Hillary Clinton

The former Governor of the US state of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has announced he will seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, positioning himself as an alternative to frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

O'Malley made the announcement at a waterfront park in downtown Baltimore, where he began his political career first as a member of city council and then as mayor, serving two terms.

Martin O'Malley. Credit: Reuters

After the rally, O'Malley will leave for campaign stops in Iowa and New Hampshire. Those states hold the earliest nominating contests for the party's candidate for the November 2016 election.

Arrest after former world boxing champion's son killed

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the son of a former world boxing champion.

Eamonn Magee Jnr, 22, was stabbed in the Twinbrook area of West Belfast during the early hours of this morning and died in hospital from his injuries.

His father is former WBU welterweight champion Eamonn Magee Sr.

Eamonn Magee Sr. Credit: Gareth Copley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 32-year-old suspect was arrested in the nearby Dunmurry area.

Police were called to the Summerhill Park scene at about 2.40am following reports that a man had been stabbed. Mr Magee Jnr had followed his father into the ring and his death has sent shockwaves through the world of boxing.


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Fox cub released after plastic pot cut from its head

A fox cub that was found running around with a plastic pot stuck on its head has been released back into the wild by its rescuers after the object was cut free from its face.

Volunteers from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) took care of the cub after it was spotted in Eastbourne on Wednesday 27th May. People living near its home kept a watch to make sure the cub's family were still in the area when it was time for the fox to be released. The cub was set free after a few days of treatment and care.

WRAS is calling on the public to make sure they pick up their rubbish and take it home rather than leaving the litter somewhere where wildlife could become caught or entangled in it.

"This is one of the key reason for doing wildlife rescue work, to see a recovered animal return back to where it belongs. Brilliant to see and so worth all our hard work"

– Trevor Weeks MBE, WRAS

Blatter criticises Gill after he rejects new Fifa role

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has criticised newly elected Fifa vice-president David Gill for rejecting his position.

Earlier today, Mr Gill confirmed that he will not be taking his place on the executive committee because of "the terribly damaging events" of recent days.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter (right) pictured with former Manchester United executive David Gill in 2009 Credit: PA Wire

Mr Blatter said: "(Uefa) shall help and come in and take responsibility, and responsibility you cannot take when you are elected you don't come even to the first meeting. This is no responsibility.

"If you are elected you have to come, whoever is president of Fifa."

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