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AP News Guide: The rise and fall of the Islamic State group
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse....

China's Xi looks to extend power at Communist Party congress
BEIJING (AP) -- Having bested his rivals, Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday....

AP PHOTOS: Banners herald China's Communist Party congress
BEIJING (AP) -- As China's ruling Communist Party kicks off its twice-a-decade national congress this week, buildings, bridges and construction sites around Beijing have been festooned with banners heralding the party's merits and its goal of realizing the "Chinese Dream" of greater prosperity....

Thousands more Rohingya Muslims cross border into Bangladesh
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) -- Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are continuing to fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps to escape large-scale violence, according to witnesses and drone footage shot by the U.N. office for refugees....

Philippine military pushes to defeat last Marawi fighters
MARAWI, Philippines (AP) -- Gunfire rang out sporadically and explosions thudded as Philippine soldiers fought Tuesday to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic militants as President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city liberated from "terrorist influence."...

US, Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea
TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy failed....

Alleged IS female recruiter arrested in Spain with FBI help
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spain's Interior Ministry says the civil guard has arrested a 21-year-old Spanish woman who allegedly recruited other women to join the Islamic State group in conflict areas....

Iraq: After losing Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of Sinjar
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's Kurdish fighters have lost more territory in Iraq, a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk....

Court jails 2 Catalan independence leaders in sedition probe
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spain's confrontation with its independence-seeking region of Catalonia intensified Monday when a judge ordered the leaders of two pro-independence groups jailed while they are investigated on possible sedition charges for organizing demonstrations before the region's disputed secession vote....

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Minnesota Somalis mourn, pray for those impacted by bombing

Philippine military pushes to defeat last Marawi fighters

Alleged IS female recruiter arrested in Spain with FBI help

Latin America/Caribbean
Border gunbattles leave 11 dead in northern Mexico

Middle East
Iraq: After losing Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of Sinjar