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Iraqi forces advance near Mosul as IS attacks western town
KHAZER, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Kurdish forces pushed toward Mosul on Sunday, cordoning off eight villages and coming within 9 kilometers (5 miles) of the northern city held by the Islamic State group, which staged an attack in a western town hundreds of miles away in an apparent diversionary tactic....

Pentagon chief in Irbil for closer assessment of Mosul fight
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Irbil on Sunday for a closer assessment of the fight against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq and to hear from Kurdish leaders whose forces launched a new offensive in the operation to wrest Mosul from the militants....

Widows of victims of Nigeria's Boko Haram say aid overdue
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- After her husband was killed by a Boko Haram suicide bomber late last year, Hajjagana Mbasaru was forced to pull her children from school and rely on friends to feed them. Like other widows of civilians fighting the Islamic extremists in northern Nigeria, she spent long months waiting for any kind of government support....

Hezbollah to stay in Syria until 'apostate project' defeated
BEIRUT (AP) -- Fighting returned to Syria's Aleppo Sunday after a cease-fire to allow rebels and civilians to leave the city's besieged eastern districts expired with no evacuations....

Fear and questions hang over doomed French migrant camp
CALAIS, France (AP) -- Migrants prayed, plotted and played soccer together Sunday, a day before France starts clearing them by the thousands from a makeshift refugee camp that is doomed for destruction....

Officers: 83 Nigerian soldiers missing in Boko Haram attack
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Some 83 Nigerian soldiers are missing in action since Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked a remote military base in the northeast, senior army officers said Sunday....

AP Sources: Belgium has Monday to end EU-Canada deal impasse
BRUSSELS (AP) -- If Belgium cannot break a deadlock over the European Union's landmark free trade deal with Canada by Monday night, EU leaders will consider canceling a signing ceremony scheduled for later in the week, two officials with knowledge of the negotiations said....

Agrarian newcomers claim victory in Lithuanian election
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- Lithuania's political newcomers, representing an agrarian union, claimed victory after Sunday's runoff in parliamentary elections as voters turned their backs on the ruling Social Democrats, blamed for being unable to revive a sluggish economy and held responsible for a sharp rise in prices following the adoption of the euro....

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum last week, after handing China a major diplomatic victory by agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony. But after he returned to the Philippines, Duterte said he did not mean he would cut off ties with the U.S., adding that it's in his country's best interest to stay with America....

Venezuelan Congress declares that Maduro has staged a coup
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when his supporters stormed the chamber....

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Agrarian newcomers claim victory in Lithuanian election

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In soccer-crazed Brazil, game central to mayoral runoff

Middle East
Russia oil minister signals cooperation with Saudis on price