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Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S.-backed Iraqi forces said they began a push on Wednesday toward the mosque of Mosul, where Islamic State declared a self-styled caliphate three years ago. Reuters: World News

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Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman elevated to Crown Prince: SPA

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was promoted to crown prince on Wednesday, replacing his cousin in a sudden announcement that confirms King Salman’s 31-year-old son as next ruler of the kingdom. Reuters: World News

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Republican avoids upset in costly Georgia congressional race

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (Reuters) – Georgia Republican Karen Handel won the most expensive congressional race in history on Tuesday, avoiding a Democratic upset in a race that was widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump. Reuters: Top News

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Belgium probes station bomber fatally shot by soldiers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgian counter-terrorism police are probing the identity of a suspected suicide bomber shot dead by troops guarding a Brussels railway station after he set off explosives that failed to injure anyone. Reuters: World News

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Ferguson, parents settle over police killing of teen Michael Brown

(Reuters) – The parents of black teenager Michael Brown have reached a settlement with Ferguson, Missouri, over his fatal shooting by a white city police officer in 2014, according to a federal court document filed on Monday. Reuters: U.S.

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Trump says China tried but failed to help on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Chinese efforts to persuade North Korea to rein in its nuclear program have failed, ratcheting up the rhetoric over the death of an American student who had been detained by ...

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Coroner examining death of U.S. student released by North Korea

(Reuters) – Preliminary findings from the autopsy of a University of Virginia student who was held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months will be released on Tuesday or Wednesday, the office of the Ohio coroner performing the examination said. ...

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Exclusive: Trump eyes hardening line toward Pakistan after Afghan war review

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration is exploring hardening its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, two U.S. officials tell Reuters. Reuters: World News

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Democrats protest Senate Republican healthcare secrecy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats took to the Senate floor on Monday to throw a spotlight on behind-the-scenes efforts by the Republican majority to repeal former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, known as Obamacare. Reuters: U.S.

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Closing arguments set in Massachusetts ‘Baby Doe’ murder case

BOSTON (Reuters) – The trial of the Boston man accused of murdering a toddler in 2015 and dumping her body in the ocean, sparking a months-long effort to identify “Baby Doe” after her remains washed up on shore, is due ...

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