26 hostages, including Qatar royals, freed in bargain
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Qatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years....

Bookstore on wheels turns heads in Baghdad

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqis guarding Baghdad's many checkpoints, on the lookout for car bombs and convoys, don't know what to make of Ali al-Moussawi when he pulls up in a truck displaying shelves of glossy books....

Patrolling western Mosul a weary grind for Iraqi police

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- On the western side of Mosul, much of the fighting against Islamic State militants takes place between houses so close that they almost touch. Snipers fire from roofs and through holes blasted into outer walls....
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