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ISIS senior figures killed in air strike; leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi not believed among them

Eight senior figures from Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group's reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them, residents of the town and hospital sources said.

Iraq said on Sunday its air force had hit the meeting and had also struck a convoy that was carrying Baghdadi to attend it. It said Baghdadi had been driven away from the convoy in an unknown condition.

The Iraqi military's announcement was the latest unconfirmed report of the possible death or injury of Baghdadi, who has survived a year of US-led air strikes and multi-sided wars in two countries since proclaiming himself caliph of all Muslims after his forces swept through most of northern Iraq last year.


Turkey sees ISIS hand in bombing, pro-Kurd party says death toll has risen to 128

Turkey is targeting ISIS in investigations of a double suicide bombing in Ankara that killed up to 128 people, officials said on Sunday, while opponents of President Tayyip Erdogan blamed him for the worst such attack in Turkish history.

Government officials made clear that despite alarm over the attack on a rally of pro-Kurdish activists and civic groups, there would be no postponement of November polls Erdogan hopes can restore an overall majority for the AK Party he founded.

Thousands of people gathered near the scene of the attack at Ankara's main railway station, many accusing Erdogan of stirring nationalist sentiment by his pursuit of a military campaign against Kurdish militants, a charge Ankara vehemently rejects.


Russia's Vladimir Putin meets Saudi defence minister; their countries vow to fight terrorists

Russia and Saudi Arabia will increase cooperation in Syria and the fight against terrorism, the two countries said on Sunday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin met Saudi Arabia's defence minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman.

It was Moscow's biggest attempt so far to reach out to enemies of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad since Russia joined the conflict with air strikes.

Putin met Salman on the sidelines of a Formula One race on Sunday, nearly two weeks since Moscow began bombing enemies of Assad, including rebel groups that are supported by Riyadh.


Donald Trump brands migrant policy of German PremierAngela Merkel 'insane'

Republican US presidential frontrunner Donald Trump branded Angela Merkel's welcoming of migrants to Germany "insane" and said the policy will only spark riots in the country.

"What's happening in Germany, I always thought Merkel was, like, this great leader," Trump said in comments aired Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation.

"What she's done in Germany is insane. It's insane."


Rugby: Japan beat US for third win but end as World Cup unlucky losers

Japan ended their stunning World Cup campaign on Sunday by beating the United States 28-18 to become the first nation to win three group games but fail to reach the quarter finals.

The Brave Blossoms have already caused the biggest sensatioin in World Cup history by beating South Africa 34-32 in their opening Pool B game.

But the simple victory over the American gave a fitting sendoff to coach Eddie Jones, who now leaves the post having said Japan would be the "team of the tournament" if they got three wins.