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Russian field hospital hit in Syria's Aleppo, nurse killed
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Rebel shelling of the Syrian government-held part of Aleppo killed a Russian nurse in a makeshift Russian hospital in the city on Monday while the Defense Ministry in Moscow said a Russian fighter jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after returning from a sortie over Syria....

'We have lost everything': Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. "Where am I? What happened?" she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. "We have lost everything."...

UN refugee agency hands out aid to those uprooted from Mosul
KHAZIR, Iraq (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency distributed aid on Monday to dozens of Iraqi families uprooted from their homes in and around the city of Mosul, warning that their needs will only increase as winter progresses and temperatures continue to fall below zero....

Italy faces political, economic uncertainty after referendum
MILAN (AP) -- Italian voters dealt Premier Matteo Renzi a resounding rebuke by rejecting his proposed constitutional reforms, plunging Europe's fourth-largest economy into political and economic uncertainty Monday....

Libyans say they have driven IS out of nearly all of Sirte
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan officials say allied fighters have driven Islamic State militants from the last street they held in the city of Sirte after months of fighting, but that clearing operations are still underway....

As Iraq's Kurds eye statehood, a border takes shape
MAKHMUR, Iraq (AP) -- The sand berms and trenches that snake across northern Iraq stretch toward Syria, some accompanied by newly paved roads lit by street lamps and sprawling checkpoints decked with Kurdish flags. The fighters here insist it isn't the border of a newly independent state - but in the chaos of Iraq that could change....

The Latest: Czechs send medics to Iraq for IS battle
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on Iraq's Mosul offensive (all times local):...

Dylan writes Nobel Prize fest speech; Patti Smith to sing
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- He won't be there in person but the Nobel Foundation says Bob Dylan has written a speech that will be read out at the traditional Nobel Prize banquet....

Families of Flight MH370 victims offer reward for debris
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) -- Anyone who finds a piece of debris from a Malaysia Airlines plane that is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean in 2014 could receive a financial reward, relatives of those who were on the plane said Monday in Madagascar....

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 'about a decade'
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the State Department announced....

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