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Reuters: Iraq deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi

Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront Islamic State fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.

After Ramadi fell on Sunday, Shi'ite militiamen allied to the Iraqi army had advanced to a nearby base in preparation for a counterattack on the city, which lies in Anbar province just 110 km (70 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

As pressure mounted for action to retake the city, a local government official urged Ramadi residents to join the police and the army for what the Shi'ite militiamen said would be the "Battle of Anbar".

MIDDLE EAST

Ramadi battle: IS prepares to defend seized Iraqi city.

Iraqi troops repel Islamic State attack on Anbar town.

U.S. fears Shi'ite militias could worsen Iraqi sectarian fires.

Syrian insurgents seize last military base in Idlib province.

Lebanese army continues to clash with militants along Syrian border.

Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemen's capital Sanaa: residents.

Saudi advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars. Headhunting: Saudi Arabia hiring 8 new executioners after 2015 beheadings hit 85.

Trial of Washington Post reporter in Iran to start next week.

ASIA

Pakistan military says its spies will cooperate with Afghanistan.

Bomb outside Afghan justice ministry kills five, wounds dozens. Deadly bombing hits Afghanistan's capital.

11 Afghan police get year in jail for mob killing, 8 go free.

Myanmar army blames ethnic rebels for shelling inside China.

Homeless Nepalis sleep in the open as monsoon rains approach.

Ex-Thai PM pleads not guilty in rice scheme trial.

Thailand’s government approves referendum on constitution.

Analysts: China, US remain divided over North Korea sanctions.

UN's Ban to visit North Korea.

AFRICA

Burundi police fire tear gas at protesters. Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza in 'no revenge' pledge.

Masses of Burundi refugees show up in Tanzania.

South Sudan rebels ask oil companies to close operations as clashes escalate.

Amnesty documents torture allegations in Morocco.

Ethiopia's newest party takes on ruling juggernaut.

Libya state oil firm opens books to buyers to soothe payment fears.

Islamic State solidifies foothold in Libya to expand reach.

EUROPE

NATO's Stoltenberg tells Russia's Lavrov to pull out of Ukraine.

Ukraine govt submits bill allowing moratorium on foreign debt payments.

Greece enters 'final stage' of bailout deal. Greek debt deal within next week, says Varoufakis.

Spain arrests 16 for defending terror acts on Internet.

Prince Charles meets Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.

UK police: 7 arrested over London's Hatton Garden heist.

Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas 'angel of peace'.

AMERICAS

U.S. charges three Chinese professors, three others with economic espionage.

US State Department considers January release for Clinton emails.

US, Cuba to focus on re-opening embassies.

Flood, mudslide sweep away homes in Colombia.

Bolivian army step in as bakers go on strike.

President Obama gets his own Twitter account.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

NATO: Terrorists may use migrant cover.

Islamic State learns lessons from U.S. raid: jihadist sources.

Drone strike kills five suspected militants in northwest Pakistan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

ILO: Only a quarter of workers have permanent jobs.

Protests grow against Facebook's Internet.org

Icahn says Apple will still introduce TV - CNBC.

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