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Iraqis' advance on Mosul slows

updated: 10/19/2016 3:58 a.m. Discuss

The pace of operations slowed Tuesday in the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, as Iraqi forces advancing to the east and south of the city began pushing toward larger villages and encountering civilian populations.

Iran sentences at least 3 with U.S. ties

updated: 10/19/2016 3:57 a.m. Discuss

=An Iranian-American businessman and his father have been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, a state-run judicial news agency reported Tuesday, the latest imprisonment of dual citizens since the nuclear deal.

The world in brief

updated: 10/19/2016 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Talks to free more Nigeria girls reported

In the news

updated: 10/19/2016 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Margaret Litchfield, 60, of Coryell County, Texas, faces up to life in prison after her conviction for fatally shooting her husband in 1999 to prevent him from finding out she had charged $8,000 to his credit card, prosecutors said.

U.S. warship’s visit will end anti-nuke standoff

posted: 10/19/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

A U.S. Navy warship will visit New Zealand next month for the first time since the 1980s, ending a 30-yearold military stalemate between the countries that was triggered when New Zealand banned nuclear warships.

EU cutting deals to send back migrants

posted: 10/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

BRUSSELS -- As Europe reels from a rush of migrants, leaders are searching for new ways to reverse the flow by stepping up deportations.

Austria aims to raze Hitler’s birthplace

posted: 10/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

VIENNA — The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be torn down and replaced with a new building that has no association with the Nazi dictator, Austria’s government announced Monday as it moved to eliminate the property’s pull as a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis.

Iraqis regain villages on push toward Mosul

posted: 10/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

ASQUF, Iraq -- A force comprising thousands of Kurdish and Iraqi army soldiers wrested territory from the Islamic State outside the northern city of Mosul on Monday, facing occasionally fierce resistance at the start of a long-promised offensive to dislodge the extremists from their main stronghold in Iraq.

Yemen foes set 3-day truce, U.N. says

posted: 10/18/2016 4:10 a.m. Discuss

UNITED NATIONS -- The warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire that is to take effect shortly before midnight Wednesday, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen announced Monday.

Russia sets 8-hour Aleppo pause

posted: 10/18/2016 3:58 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- Russian and Syrian forces will halt hostilities for eight hours in the eastern districts of Aleppo, Russia's military announced Monday, a day on which opposition activists said airstrikes killed dozens of people, including several children, in and around the divided city.

Ukraine rebel commander killed in bombing

updated: 10/18/2016 3:56 a.m. Discuss

KIEV, Ukraine -- A prominent commander of the Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine was killed by a bomb, rebel leaders and Russian news reports said Monday.

The World in Brief

updated: 10/18/2016 3:53 a.m. Discuss

WikiLeaks: Exiled founder's Internet cut

China's organ-transplant changes praised

posted: 10/18/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING -- Surgeons from around the world gathered at a conference in Beijing on Monday in China's latest effort to fight persistent skepticism about whether its hospitals have stopped performing transplants with the organs of executed prisoners.

2 Chinese kick off 30-day space stay

posted: 10/18/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING -- Two Chinese astronauts began the country's longest crewed space mission yet on Monday, blasting off on a spacecraft for a 30-day stay on an experimental space station as China steadfastly navigates its way to becoming a space superpower.

Filipino seeks closer ties to Beijing

posted: 10/18/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING -- President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, one of America's closest allies in Asia, has said he wants to reduce U.S. military influence in his country and build closer ties with China.




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