Eric Cantor confirms resignation urging successor to find 'common ground'

Eric Cantor confirms resignation urging successor to find 'common ground' | World news | NewsWire
The Republican heavyweight, once seen as a natural successor to speaker John Boehner, insisted he had not neglected his constituents. Photo: J Scott Applewhite /AP

In a defiant briefing to reporters after a day of high drama on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that culminated with the announcement of his decision to step down from his post as House majority leader, Eric Cantor warned against even greater paralysis in Washington after his departure and urged whoever takes over for him to try to find “common ground” with Democrats on vexed issues such as immigration reform.

Read More >

Voices from Mosul: 'The cities are falling into their hands'

Ali Aziz, a 35-year-old father of five from Mosul who works for a humanitarian organisation

I'm so glad that we got rid of the Iraqi military forces, army and police. They were a curse on the city and its people. We have suffered a great deal since the US invasion in 2003, which brought only traitors and criminals to Iraq and to Mosul in particular.

Read More >

Iraq army capitulates to Isis militants in four cities | World news | NNW

Iraq is facing its gravest test since the US-led invasion more than a decade ago, after its army capitulated to Islamist insurgents who have seized four cities and pillaged military bases and banks, in a lightning campaign which seems poised to fuel a cross-border insurgency endangering the entire region.

Read More >