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The Latest: Russian envoy attacks UN official over Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on developments in the civil war in Syria (all times local):...

AP Explains: Why African states have started leaving the ICC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Until last week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court. Now, three African states - South Africa, Burundi and Gambia - have made official decisions to leave. Gambia announced its decision late Tuesday. Concerns are high that more African countries now will act on years of threats to pull out amid accusations that the court unfairly focuses on the continent. Here's a look at what it all means....

IS driving hundreds into Mosul, using them as human shields
QAYARA, Iraq (AP) -- Islamic State militants have been going door to door in villages south of Mosul, ordering people at gunpoint on a mileslong trek into the city and using them as human shields as the extremists prepare to defend it from Iraqi forces, according to residents swept up in the forced evacuations....

French authorities declare the Calais migrant camp empty
CALAIS, France (AP) -- The grim camp known as "the jungle," a symbol of Europe's failure to come to grips with its crisis over asylum seekers, is no more....

2 quakes rattle Italy, crumbling buildings and causing panic
ROME (AP) -- A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people....

Adopted at 3 and brought to US, S. Korean man to be deported
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A South Korean man flown to the U.S. 37 years ago and adopted by an American couple at age 3 has been ordered deported back to a country that is completely alien to him....

Turkish leader threatens more involvement on Syrian border
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Wednesday to step up his intervention in the conflict along his country's border with Syria, insisting he was determined to oust Syrian Kurdish forces gathering in the region....

General: Mosul battle is hard, but Raqqa will be harder
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq's battle to reclaim Mosul from the Islamic State group is progressing despite "stiff" resistance from resilient and creative fighters, but a coming offensive to oust them from their main Syria stronghold at Raqqa poses tougher political challenges and could take longer, the U.S. commander of anti-IS coalition forces said Wednesday....

OBAMA LEGACY: A quiet mission to export gay rights overseas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While the world was watching America's gay rights transformation, the Obama administration was pursuing a quieter mission to try to export the same freedoms overseas to places like sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and eastern Europe....

US abstains in UN vote on Cuba embargo for the first time
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States abstained for the first time in 25 years Wednesday on a U.N. resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba, a measure it had always vehemently opposed....

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