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Obama eyes sped up training, weapons for Iraqi tribes after Ramadi rout

Obama eyes sped up training, weapons for Iraqi tribes after Ramadi routWASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama weighed faster training and arms supplies for Iraqi tribes Tuesday, while eying a rapid counteroffensive to retake Ramadi from the IS."We are looking at how best to support local ground forces in Anbar" province, National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey told AFP, "including accelerating the training and equipping of local tribes and supporting an Iraqi-led operation to retake Ramadi."Ramadi -- a city in Iraq´s Sunni heartland just 90 minutes´ drive away from the capital Baghdad -- was overrun by militants on Sunday.The audacious military victory was a major blow in the battle against the IS group, calling into question Obama´s strategy in Iraq and the authority of his ally, Prime

Chinese PM in Brazil to unveil $50 billion in investments

BRAS�LIA  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang began a three-day visit to Brazil on Tuesday where he was to unveil a $50 billion investment package during talks in Brasilia with President Dilma Rousseff.Chinese investment is a huge boon for Brazil as the world s seventh-largest economy endures a fifth straight year of low growth after a period of rapid expansion fueled by Chinese demand for commodities.Brazil hopes to use Beijing s cash to overhaul decaying infrastructure as the country s tourist magnet Rio de Janeiro prepares to host South America s first ever Olympics next year.Li will visit Rio on Wednesday, when he will see for himself some of China s investment in the city, including delivery of the first Chinese-built trains for a new metro line due

Saudi advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners Tuesday after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014.The civil service ministry said that no qualifications were necessary and that applicants would be exempted from the usual entrance exams.It said that as well as beheadings, the successful candidates would be expected to carry out amputations ordered by the courts under the kingdom’s strict version of Islamic sharia law.Amputation of one or both hands is a routine penalty for theft. Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are all punishable by death.Most executions are carried out by beheading, but a few are carried out by firing squad, stoning or crucifixion.All are carried out in public and video footage

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