THE US military has launched new strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to carry out strikes near the Mosul dam and Amerli.


BERLIN – Germany will send anti-tank rocket launchers, rifles and hand grenades to support Iraqi Kurds battling jihadist militants fighting for the Islamic State, the defence ministry says.

MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin has dramatically raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be considered for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

REYKJAVIK – Iceland has raised its aviation alert over its largest volcano to the highest level of red after a new eruption nearby.

ISLAMABAD, Aug 31 AFP – Pakistan’s top military commanders have convened a special meeting after clashes between police and opposition protesters seeking to topple the government left three dead and hundreds injured.

STOCKHOLM, Aug 31 AFP – Fourteen animal rights activists, including an Australian, have been detained on the Faroe island of Sandoy in the North Atlantic while trying to stop a controversial dolphin hunt, Sea Shepherd says.

STOCKHOLM, Aug 31 AFP – A suspected case of the Ebola virus has been discovered in the Swedish capital Stockholm, a local official says.

MADRID, Aug 31 AFP – The parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent and found in Spain are set to appear before a Spanish judge.