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Newly-crowned world champion Marc Marquez's gamble on using slick tyres under the threat of rain paid off Saturday when he stormed to pole position for this weekend's Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island. The 23-year-old Spaniard, on a Repsol Honda, posted the fastest lap of one minute 30.189 seconds amid threatening rain to start on the inside of the grid for Sunday's race. It was Marquez's 37th MotoGP pole and 65th across all classes as he vies for his 30th career premier class win at Phillip Island.
An ongoing attack by the Islamic State group in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk has killed at least 46 people, mostly members of the security forces, security and medical sources said Saturday. "We have 46 dead and 133 wounded, most of them members of the security services, as result of the clashes with Daesh (IS)," an interior ministry brigadier general told AFP. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Baghdad Saturday to review the six-day-old offensive to retake Mosul, the Islamic State group's last major stronghold in Iraq.