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UN: Nearly 19,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed Since January 2014

Destroyed buildings are seen in the city of Ramadi, January 16, 2016. Baghdad and Washington have touted Ramadi as the first major success for Iraq's U.S.-backed army since it collapsed in the face of Islamic State's lightning advance across the country's

(VOA)- The United Nations says in a new report that Iraq’s war with Islamic State militants led to more than 18,800 civilian deaths and more than 36,000 wounded between January 2014 and October 2015.  00 read more

Afghan team due in Pakistan to discuss reviving Taliban peace talks

More than 40 people were wounded in the attack

Afghan officials are due in Pakistan on Thursday to discuss reviving suspended peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, Pakistan’s national security adviser said, days after Taliban attacks killed dozens of people in Kabul. 00 read more

India sues Nestle for nearly $100m over food safety

Shopkeepers removed Maggi two-minute noodles from their stores after the ban earlier this year [AP]

India’s government is seeking damages of nearly $100m from Nestle India for “unfair trade practices” after the food safety regulator banned its hugely popular Maggi noodles brand in June for containing unsafe levels of lead. 00 read more

Japan demands China halt oil exploration in part of East China Sea

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

Japan called on China on Tuesday to halt construction of oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea close to waters claimed by both nations, concerned that Chinese drills could tap reservoirs that extend into Japanese territory. 00 read more

Taliban leader Mullah Omar backs Afghanistan peace talks

Mullah Omar, pictured here in 2001, has maintained a very low profile

The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has backed peace talks with the Afghan government, in a statement released to the media. 00 read more