Iraqi forces seeking to deliver death blow to IS in Mosul

Iraqi forces deploy in the area of al-Shurah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State group jihadists, on October 17, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

Iraqi forces deploy in the area of al-Shurah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State group jihadists, on October 17, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

Head of US-led coalition backing multi-pronged offensive warns it could take weeks to oust jihadists from city it declared a ‘caliphate’

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Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Papua New Guinea, 6.4 Earthquake China

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M 6.9 – 78km WNW of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

Time: 2016-10-17 06:14:58 (UTC);    Location: 6.053°S 148.862°E;    Depth: 35.0 km

M 6.4 – 135km NE of Dartang, China

Time: 2016-10-17 07:14:50 (UTC);    Location: 32.910°N 94.872°E;    Depth: 32.1 km