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US-backed Syrian force declares victory over IS in Raqqa
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after a four-month battle that left it in ruins....

Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria
RAQQA, Syria (AP) -- Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition....

Egyptian official: 14 policemen killed southwest of Cairo
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian security official says 14 policemen have been killed in a shootout with militants southwest Cairo....

Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces exchanged fire at their shared border on Friday, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq....

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined....

EU leaders struggle to break through Brexit talks impasse
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Leaders of Britain and the 27 other European Union members agreed Friday that much remains to be done in Brexit talks amid deep divisions about the terms of their breakup, particularly on how much London should pay in the divorce....

What Puerto Rico is doing to get the power back after storm
BARCELONETA, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Electrical linemen descend from helicopters, balancing on steel girders 90 feet high on transmission towers in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, far from any road. At the same time, crews fan out across the battered island, erecting light poles and power lines in a block by block slog....

Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation....

WHO chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'
GENEVA (AP) -- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses. But the World Health Organization's new chief is making the longtime African leader a "goodwill ambassador."...

Report: 152 Afghan trainees have gone AWOL in US since 2005
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At least 152 Afghans sent to the United States for military training during the course of the war against the Taliban have gone AWOL, and the problem, which worsened last year, is unlikely to improve soon, U.S. inspectors said Friday....

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Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63

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UN panel urges China to release and compensate 3 activists

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What Puerto Rico is doing to get the power back after storm

Middle East
Egyptian official: 14 policemen killed southwest of Cairo