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More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, and potentially as violent....

As US warns of Cuba attacks, tourists ask: Were we hit, too?
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before....

Spain ready to revoke Catalan autonomy amid independence bid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spain's government on Thursday immediately rejected a threat by Catalonia's leader to declare independence unless talks are held, calling a special Cabinet session for the weekend to activate measures to take control of the region's semi-autonomous powers....

The Latest: Parties respond to government push in Catalonia
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local):...

China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping's second five-year term as leader....

Propaganda in China means heavily scripted news conferences
BEIJING (AP) -- The TV cameras are rolling, the bright lights are on and the reporters are readying their notebooks....

May calls for urgency in Brexit talks as she joins EU summit
BRUSSELS (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived at a European Union summit Thursday with a call for urgency and a pledge to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the bloc - the latest attempt to reinvigorate the divorce negotiations....

Russian opposition divided over TV host's presidential bid
MOSCOW (AP) -- A presidential bid by a celebrity Russian TV host drew conflicting reaction from the country's beleaguered opposition Thursday, with some accusing her of playing into the Kremlin's hands and others welcoming her move....

5 months of Marawi siege reveals Philippine city in ruins
MARAWI, Philippines (AP) -- Smoke wafted from the smoldering carcasses of buildings and houses, with the dome of a mosque blasted out with holes, as Philippine troops battled Thursday to defeat a final stand by the last dozens of pro-Islamic State group militants in a southern city....

Taliban attacks kill 58, nearly wipe out Afghan army camp
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country, including an assault that nearly wiped out an army camp in the southern Kandahar province....

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