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Under fire in Mosul, IS attacks another Iraqi city
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Islamic State militants launched a wave of pre-dawn attacks in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, killing at least 14 people and setting off fierce clashes with Kurdish security forces that were still raging after sundown....

Iraqi advances give hope to displaced Christians
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Raeda Paulos could hardly conceal her joy when the television inside her cramped trailer showed Iraqi forces raising the national flag over a church in her hometown, a day after it was freed from Islamic State rule....

Evacuations from Aleppo fail to materialize despite lull
BEIRUT (AP) -- A cease-fire to allow wounded civilians and rebels to leave besieged parts of Aleppo has been extended into the weekend by Russia, but hoped-for medical evacuations didn't materialize by Friday evening because of a lack of security guarantees, officials and residents said....

The Latest: Iraqis raise flag over church in town near Mosul
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The Latest on the developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):...

South Africa's move on ICC raises concerns of African exodus
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa on Friday reversed its early support for the International Criminal Court and said it will withdraw from it, raising concerns of a possible African exodus that would undermine a human rights tribunal accused by some leaders of unfairly targeting the continent....

Photos show European Mars probe crashed, may have exploded
BERLIN (AP) -- Europe's experimental Mars probe hit the right spot - but at the wrong speed - and may have ended up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck the surface, scientists said Friday....

In the West Bank, Samaritans provide a sanctuary
MOUNT GERIZIM, West Bank (AP) -- In one of the tensest corners of the West Bank, Israeli settlers and Palestinians live in separate worlds. But there is a spot on the top of a mountain that connects them both: a village of Samaritans....

The Latest: Turkey defends fight against Syrian Kurd rebels
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Syria where a Russia-announced pause in the fighting is underway to allow civilians and rebels to leave besieged areas of Aleppo (all times local):...

Cameroon says at least 53 dead after crowded train derails
ESEKA, Cameroon (AP) -- At least 53 people have died after a train overloaded with passengers derailed along the route that links Cameroon's two major cities, the country's transport minister said late Friday....

Luxury for less: Tourists are winners in pound's drop
LONDON (AP) -- Would you travel halfway around the world for a handbag, or a coat? Maybe if you really loved it - and could get 20 percent off....

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Cameroon says at least 53 dead after crowded train derails

Philippine president says he won't severe ties with US

The Latest: UN concerned by return of Syrians to Turkey

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Middle East
Under fire in Mosul, IS attacks another Iraqi city