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BAGHDAD (AP) — European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.
A top rebel chief in east Ukraine has banned fighters from swearing, saying it "spiritually demeans us and will lead our army to defeat", according to a document published on a Twitter account used by insurgents. Igor Strelkov, the self-declared defence minister of the unrecognised Donetsk People's Republic said swearing in public places by rebel gunmen would be considered "a serious disciplinary infraction". "Swearwords of non-Russian origin were used by enemies of Rus to defile what we hold sacred," read an official order dated from Monday -- the 1,026th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by the mediaeval state of Kievan Rus, the ancestor of Ukraine also seen as the cradle of Russia.