Volunteer fighters, known as the Popular Mobilisation units, who support the Iraqi government forces in the combat against Daesh extremist group fire a Howitzer artillery canon in the village of Awaynat near the city of Tikrit.

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Operation to recapture Tikrit begins

The new Galaxy S6, right, and S6 Edge are displayed during a Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event on the eve of this week’s Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 1, 2015,  unveiling a new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for metal and glass.


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<B>Focus:</B>  A veteran grifter takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.


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Bertrand Piccard, one of the two Swiss pilots of the solar-powered plane Solar Impluse 2, lands at Abu Dhabi's small Al Bateen airport during the third test flight early on March 2, 2015.

Solar Impulse 2 ready for 35,000km journey

Journey to take 5 months with stops in Oman, India, Myanmar, China, US, Europe or North Africa

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia --- Riyadh city. --- Image by © Ali Al Mubarak/arabianEye/Corbis

Riyadh to deport lawbreakers in new policy

Nationals from conflict zones also included in plan to regulate residency

Workers at a Tehran oil refinery.

Oil stays in the red on supply concerns

Pickup in China manufacturing helps; India's Feb Iran oil imports fall to lowest since July 2013

India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a shot during a practice session at Junction Oval Cricket Ground in Melbourne.

Dhoni shows blatant disrespect for media

India captain makes journalists wait as he plays football with his teammates after UAE win

FILE - In this file image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants take sledgehammers to an ancient artifact in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York. (AP Photo via militant social media account, File)

Mosul artefacts video could be staged drama

Experts believe ancient statues were infact plaster replicas

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