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Venezuelan activist moves to US after release from 'dungeon'
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- Francisco Marquez says he constantly heard screams from prisoners being beaten in neighboring cells. He once saw a dozen inmates handcuffed, forced to run naked for hours under the hot sun as punishment for a failed escape attempt....

Venezuela suspends recall campaign against President Maduro
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's electoral council said it was suspending a recall campaign against President Nicolas Maduro after courts annulled the signature collecting campaign in four states....

US service member killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. military member assisting Iraqi forces in their push to retake Mosul was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday, marking the first American combat casualty in the campaign to oust the Islamic State group from its last major stronghold in northern Iraq....

Iraqi special forces join battle for Mosul, US soldier dies
BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) -- In a significant escalation of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city, and the U.S. military announced the first American combat death since the operation began....

Baghdad's Finest: A look at Iraq's vaunted special forces
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's special forces, which barreled into a town east of Mosul on Thursday despite a wave of suicide attacks, are the country's most professional and least sectarian fighting force....

UK to pardon thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws
LONDON (AP) -- Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the government announced Thursday. Those who are still alive can will be eligible to have their criminal records wiped clean....

EU leaders lash Russia over Syria but split on sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders pledged early Friday to keep all options open to respond to any atrocities committed by President Bashar Assad's regime and his Russian backers in Syria but stopped short of threatening Moscow with sanctions....

World diplomats seek post-battle plan for IS bastion Mosul
PARIS (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister vowed Thursday to protect civilians fleeing the battle to oust Islamic State extremists from Mosul, as the offensive picked up speed and diplomats worked to ensure the gains are lasting - and that jihadists don't escape....

Turkey ramps up fight against Kurdish fighters in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Turkey escalated its offensive Thursday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, and complicating the battle against the Islamic State group by Ankara and Washington, both NATO allies....

Mosul Today: Iraqi special forces push into IS-held town
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city....

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