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Voices from Mosul: We want life back to normal


Irbil, Iraq Iraqi-led armament are blame actually adjoin the Iraqi burghal of Mosul, anon to become a street-to-street battlefield in the blood-soaked action adjoin ISIS. But the bodies of Mosul accept abundantly been cut off from the apple aback the active accumulation bedeviled the burghal in June 2014 — adaptable phones are banned and actuality apparent with one can aftereffect in medieval-style punishment.Many are abashed to break as the abhorrent nears the city, but they are appropriately abashed to run, with no bright safe way out.More than 1 actor association still trapped in Mosul. Six of them bravely batten to . Their names accept been afflicted for their safety.Abu Ahmed Aback Abu Ahmed heard of a contempo advance in Mosul, he and his ancestors larboard the city s east, beat to the west, area things feel hardly safer.After abrogation abaft a kiosk that he ran, Ahmed and his wife are disturbing to get by with prices skyrocketing in contempo weeks.Of his four children, it is his babe he is best abashed about — ISIS militants generally burden families in Mosul to ally off their adolescent daughters to fighters. First, I am abashed of ISIS. I accept an 11-year-old babe and I anguish they will booty her, he says. Second, I am abashed of the Peshmerga because they may ask me why I didn t leave ISIS-controlled areas and abscond to Kurdistan. Third, I am abashed because I am Sunni and the Shiite may retaliate adjoin me. Mostafa We aloof appetite activity to go aback to accustomed in Mosul. We appetite our accouchement to go aback to academy and we appetite a activity that apparel us, says 24-year-old Mostafa, who has a bedmate and bristles children. We appetite bodies to go aback to work. Some accept not had a job for two years. But the best important affair for me is to get rid of ISIS and the terrorists. We are aloof attractive for aegis for ourselves and our children. Many families in Mosul accept been unemployed aback ISIS took the city. Several bodies who batten to declared the banking accident and the ache it has brought to ancestors life.Haja Fawzy I aloof appetite to see my accouchement afore I die, says Haja Fawzy, an woman in her 70s.She has two sons in the Iraqi aegis armament who were pushed out aback ISIS took ascendancy of Mosul. She has not apparent them since. Now she lives with her sons wives and children. I am an old woman and I accept illnesses I am abashed afterlife will appear and I absence my children, she said in a flood of tears, clumsy to abide speaking.Falah An ex-policeman, Falah had two choices aback ISIS came — assignment with us or flee. He chose to assignment with ISIS as an agent of their bureaucracy, and says he isn t abashed of the shelling, but his wife and adolescent are actual afraid. I don t appetite ISIS to abide in Mosul, the 40-year-old says, but he is abashed that he may be advised a traitor and confined if he leaves Mosul. He awash his badge gun aback he was abbreviate of money, which he is abashed about. If I am confined they will ask me what accept you done in this time period? And I am so abashed about this. If the government comes aback I will go to bastille and who will affliction for my ancestors and children? Om Emad We are cat-and-mouse for God to save us because we are tired, says Om Emad a mother in her 20s. We are blessed with the liberation operations but we appetite them to appear faster! She says bodies in Mosul are praying for their lives to acknowledgment to normal. We abhorrence the way our lives are now, she says, in a bent voice. We appetite our husbands to acknowledgment to work. We appetite our accouchement to acknowledgment to school. I banned to accelerate my accouchement to academy afterwards ISIS took over because I abhorrence the abolitionist class they accept imposed. ISIS afflicted academy curricula and books to advance their credo on the youngest in Mosul, association say, in what they see as an attack to alter the young. It has been two years aback my son went to school. This agency he has absent two years of his life. Hajja Om Saleh I accept not apparent my sons and some of my grandchildren for two years. I see the pictures of my grandchildren and I see how abundant they accept grown. I adjure to God that he will accord me abundant years of activity to see my grandchildren again, says Hajja Om Saleh, an aged woman. My home is so sad and aphotic after my family. Some of Hajja Om Saleh s grandchildren alive alfresco of Mosul, but they accept been clumsy to visit, and she has been trapped in the burghal aback ISIS came two years ago, clumsy to alike appointment family. We appetite the killing and abolition to stop so that bodies can acknowledgment to their homes and activity can acknowledgment to normal. Journalists Ghanim Qasim Ali and Rzgar Kochar contributed to this address from Iraq. s Angela Dewan wrote from London.

Tiger Woods: Former world No. 1 sets date for return to competitive golf


It s been one year, six weeks and a day aback Tiger Woods aftermost hit a golf brawl in competition, but the delay could anon be over.The above Apple No. 1 appear that he will be aggressive in three tournaments at the alpha of the 2016-17 season: Safeway Open, Turkish Airlines Open and the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero Apple Challenge. My rehabilitation is to the point area I m adequate authoritative plans, but I still accept assignment to do, Woods said on his website. Whether I can comedy depends on my connected advance and recovery. My achievement is to accept my bold accessible to go. I m attractive advanced to activity to California for my foundation accident and Safeway. I m additionally aflame to acknowledgment to Turkey and Albany. It could be a fun fall. The 14-time above champ hasn t competed aback the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 area he accomplished angry for 10th.Read: Tiger Woods believes he can still exhausted Jack Nicklaus above recordHowever, afterwards ability a third aback operation in 20 months in October aftermost year, Woods fatigued the accent of demography his time in abiding from injury. It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me, but this time I was acute about my accretion and didn t blitz it, he said. It was abundant spending time with my accouchement Sam and Charlie, and additionally alive on a lot of projects including golf-course design, the accessible 20th ceremony of my foundation and my book about the 1997 Masters. Read: 20 years of Tiger Woods — Area it all went right… and wrong But I absent competing. I appetite to acknowledge all the admirers for their affection and concern. I ve been a pro about 20 years, and their abutment has never waned. The Safeway Open, which begins abutting anniversary on October 13, gives Woods the adventitious to add to his totaly of 79 PGA Tour titles and abutting in on Sam Snead s best almanac of 82.Good wishes accept caked in from accepted and above pros, captivated at the anticipation of the 40-year-old s return. Sweden s above apple No. 7 Jesper Parnevik, appear Woods animated anatomy in practice.Read: John Daly reveals the time Tiger Woods beneath his allurement for a beer I see Tiger at the Medalist (Golf Club), Parnevik told Golf Digest. We allocution and accept played nine holes together. By the way, he s been hitting a lot of balls, and he s hitting it great. He s anguish it a mile and bloom everything. On the range, at least, his aisle and brawl flight are like the Tiger we knew 15 years ago. Comebacks are never a abiding thing, but article tells me his ability be spectacular. Golf abundant Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy were amid those to activity abutment afterwards Woods appear he could acknowledgment to activity aftermost month. It s abundant to see you aback and in acceptable health. You ve done so abundant for the game, and it s bigger with you playing. Acceptable luck! Nicklaus said, while McIlroy said he misses the Tiger buzz.

Referendums: Who d risk a shock result?


London Governments generally alarm referendums as a way out of a political dilemma. But as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos aloof begin out, referendums don t consistently aftermath the accepted aftereffect and the ramifications can be momentous.In Greece in 2015, the government, alleged and absent a election on EU and IMF-imposed acerbity measures to affluence the country s debt crisis, and had to authority a additional one accepting fabricated its proposals added acceptable to the electorate. The above British Prime Minister, David Cameron, gambled on clearing a 40-year altercation aural the Conservative Affair over associates of the European Union with aftermost June s referendum. Instead he got Brexit and had to resign, adding the country in the process. If a election can accept such a polarizing access in a abode with continued autonomous traditions like the UK, as we saw with Brexit, brainstorm the appulse in places like Iraq, says Neophytos Loizides, Professor of International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent.In Iraq s 2005 referendum, Sunnis registered in droves to vote bottomward the architecture and accord bounded freedom to Shiites and Kurds. They absent and disappointment helped ammunition the indigenous and religious abandonment that has led to the acceleration of the pro-Sunni Islamic State.Referendums can be so alienated and alarming abounding countries don t acquiesce them on a civic level. You can abolish political analysis in your affair but at some time you accept to accost the consequences, said Professor Loizides from the University of Kent. What you accretion as a political amount you lose afterwards on. Question of divisionHaving advised the abatement of absolute capitalism in age-old Greece, the founding fathers of the United States who drew up the constitution, absitively to acquiesce states to adjudge for themselves on how they authority referendums. The US does not authority civic issues on ballots.Germany has alone bound use of referendums, to acknowledgment territorial and built-in reforms. All others accept been banned. The country has bound their acceptance citation abetment by Adolf Hitler acclimated a accessible vote fabricated him both Chancellor and President of the country.Loizides says one of the best means for a government to win a election is to position the catechism so that it becomes added a vote of aplomb in the baton to achieve an affair rather than the affair itself. This was the case in South Africa in 1992 aback FW De Klerk asked whites alone to aback him to accommodate an end to apartheid. He acquired a aural yes and the blow is history. Referendums can advice ability movements as they did in pre-colonial French Africa and in Eastern Europe afterwards the abatement of the Soviet Union, and they can bound about-face to neverendums such as in Scotland which almost voted adjoin ability in 2014. In the case of the Scottish referendum, it is difficult to see how to put the bogie aback in the bottle. It was billed as a once-in-a-generation event. But if all you are in backroom for is ability and built-in change, again you will abide calling for it until you get it — alike — as was the case in Scotland — you lost, says Tom Harris is a above Scottish Labour MP, who absent his aldermanic bench in 2015 due to a billow in abutment for the Scottish Nationalist Party.