Iraq troops ‘seize Baiji oil refinery town centre’ from IS

U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornet jets leave to support military operations against ISIL after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq 11 August 2014

U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornet jets leave to support military operations against ISIL after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq 11 August 2014

Iraqi government forces have seized large areas of the town of Baiji – home to Iraq’s biggest oil refinery – from Islamic State fighters, officials say

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Iraq conflict: UN warns of possible Amerli ‘massacre’

Iraqi security forces and Turkmen Shia fighters hold a position in Amerli (4 August 2014)
Iraqi security forces and Turkmen Shia fighters hold a position in Amerli (4 August 2014)

The UN has called for action to prevent what it says may be a possible massacre in the northern Iraqi town of Amerli.

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Growing wildfire empties Washington town

Western Wildfires

Smoke and flames rise from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014, in this aerial photo. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes.         (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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