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In battle for Iraq's Mosul, many forces with many motives
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An unlikely array of forces is converging on the city of Mosul, lining up for a battle on the historic plains of northern Iraq that is likely to be decisive in the war against the Islamic State group....

Jordanian writer gunned down outside courthouse
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A prominent and outspoken Jordanian writer on Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam....

Syrian rebels reverse government gains in Aleppo stalemate
BEIRUT (AP) -- A monitoring group says Syrian rebels have retaken an area in Aleppo that fell to government forces the day before, extending a punishing stalemate in the contested northern city....

India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's prime minister said Sunday that his country will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change early next month....

Israeli official: Gaza underground wall to be done in months
BEERSHEBA, Israel (AP) -- A senior Israeli military official says a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be completed in a matter of months....

N. Korean defectors sold as brides in China want kids back
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- After fleeing North Korea to avoid extreme poverty and oppression, the young woman allowed a stranger to arrange a marriage for her with a rural Chinese farmer because she had nowhere to go. An even more painful decision came later....

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope
BEIJING (AP) -- The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige....

Attendees at North Korean air show wowed by model F-16
WONSAN, North Korea (AP) -- Now here's something you don't see every day: an F-16 fighter jet buzzing through the skies of North Korea and launching - fireworks....

Bosnian Serbs vote in referendum banned by top court
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Bosnian Serbs are voting in a referendum banned by the country's constitutional court, risking Western sanctions against their autonomous region and criminal charges against their leaders....

Hollande honors Algerians who fought for French colonizers
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande has acknowledged the state's culpability in abandoning Algerians who fought alongside French colonial forces in Algeria's war for independence - and were then massacred as traitors after the French retreat in 1962....

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N. Korean defectors sold as brides in China want kids back

Europe
Regional elections unlikely to end stalemate in Spain

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Mexico sees surge of migrants from Haiti, Africa and Asia

Middle East
Jordanian writer gunned down outside courthouse