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US-allied forces begin final assault on IS in Syria's Raqqa
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BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters launched an operation to retake the last Islamic State-held pocket of the northern city of Raqqa on Sunday after some 275 militants and their family members surrendered. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said the operation will continue "until
Tillerson: NKorea diplomacy continues until 1st 'bomb drops'
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis "will continue until the first bomb drops." That statement comes despite President Donald Trump's tweets a couple of weeks ago that his chief envoy was "wasting his
Passengers describe terror aboard Indonesia AirAsia flight
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Passengers on an Indonesia AirAsia flight from Australia to the holiday island of Bali described a panicked flight crew announcing an emergency and oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling after their airliner lost cabin air pressure and rapidly descended. Flight QZ535
Philippines: Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Marawi
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The two final surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed Monday in one of the final battles by thousands of troops to retake the last area in Marawi city held by pro-Islamic State group militants,
Iraqi forces enter territory disputed with Kurds
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi federal forces entered disputed territory held by Kurds early Monday, seeking to end a nearly month-old political fight over areas taken under control by Kurdish militias three years ago to defend the oil city of Kirkuk against the Islamic State group. The Iraqi army and
276 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia's history
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia's capital killed 276 people with around 300 others injured, the country's information minister said early Monday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll was expected to
Austrian poised to become Europe's 1st millennial leader
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VIENNA (AP) — At age 31, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz is poised to become the first millennial to lead a European country following his party's victory in a national election Sunday. While no party won a majority, the telegenic Kurz is most likely to be sworn in as Austria's next
Rohingya refugee influx inspires Bangladeshi aid - and worry
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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — They had seen the images of Rohingya Muslim refugees arriving hungry and exhausted after traveling days without food to reach Myanmar's border with Bangladesh. They had heard the stories of gunshot wounds and midnight escapes from angry mobs and soldiers. So when the
7 dead in Kenya school shooting in suspected revenge attack
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen shot dead seven people, including six students, in a raid on a high school early Saturday that appeared to be a revenge attack by a student who had been suspended for fighting, a Kenya police official said. The shooting occurred at dawn at Lokichogio Mixed
Trump's speech sparks a new war of words between US, Iran
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Donald Trump's refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of nationalism among Iranians. The speech has served to unite Iranians across the political
Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears end
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BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition and local officials said Saturday that Syrian Islamic State fighters and civilians will be allowed to evacuate Raqqa, a deal that signals the imminent capture of the city but flouts earlier U.S. protests of negotiating safe exits for the extremist
One of world's most remote islands gets commercial flights
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PROSPEROUS BAY PLAIN, St. Helena (AP) — One of the world's most remote places became a little less isolated on Saturday when the first commercial flight arrived in St. Helena, a South Atlantic island that until recently was only accessible by boat and where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his last years
4 Moldovans dead in cargo plane crash off Ivory Coast
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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A cargo plane chartered by the French military crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on its approach to the international airport in Abidjan, killing four crew members from Moldova and injuring six others from Moldova and France, officials said Saturday. Ten people were
Huge blast rocks Somalia's capital; police say 20 killed
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A huge explosion from a truck bomb killed 20 people in Somalia's capital, police said Saturday, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they'd heard in years. The explosion appeared to target a hotel on a busy road in Hodan district and at least 15
Family freed returns to Canada, says 1 child killed
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TORONTO (AP) — Former hostage Joshua Boyle said upon arriving back in Canada that the Haqqani network in Afghanistan had killed his infant daughter and raped his American wife during the years they were held in captivity. Boyle gave the statement shortly after landing in Canada late Friday
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