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IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul....

Syrian government opens new Aleppo corridor for evacuations
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government on Friday opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, a move that's part of a Russia-announced pause in the fighting and which the rebels in the city have already dismissed....

The Latest: Iraqis clear bombs, face snipers east of 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 to withdraw from International Criminal Court
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa will soon submit a bill in parliament to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, its justice minister said Friday, making the country the second this week, after Burundi, to move to leave the tribunal that pursues the world's worst atrocities....

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....

AP Explains: Why African states have started leaving the ICC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Until this week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court. Now two African states, South Africa and Burundi, have made official decisions to leave. 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....

The Latest: Serbia denies politics involved in aid for Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Syria where a Russia-announced pause in the fighting is underway to allow civilians, rebels to leave besieged areas of Aleppo (all times local):...

Hollande to meet with unions as police demonstrate again
PARIS (AP) -- Police officers have demonstrated for a fourth straight night over a lack of equipment and rising violence against them....

Egypt's fight against Islamic militancy makes enemies
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt has made fighting Islamic militants its overriding foreign policy objective, a decision that has brought it closer to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia and Iran, in turn antagonizing its chief financial backer, Saudi Arabia....

Leading tattoo artists help wounded Israelis with scars
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Leading tattoo artists are helping these Israelis cover up the scars of tragedy and loss....

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