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U.S Defense Secretary Carter arrives in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Iraq Saturday to meet with his commanders and assess the progress in the opening days of the operation to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants....

IS assault on Iraq's Kirkuk ends after 24-hour battle
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- A massive Islamic State assault on targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk came to an end Saturday after a day and night of heavy clashes, as Iraqi forces launched a new advance southeast of the IS-held city of Mosul....

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....

Report: Syrian government blamed for 3rd chemical attack
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An international team has determined that the Syrian government carried out a third chemical attack in the conflict-wracked nation, according to a report released late Friday....

The Latest: Iraqi army says town near Mosul taken from IS
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- The Latest on 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):...

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....

Venezuela braces for turbulence after recall is stalled
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela is bracing for turbulence after the socialist government blocked a presidential recall referendum in a move opposition leaders are calling a coup....

Officials: Taliban brief Pakistan about talks with Kabul
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Three senior Taliban members traveled to Pakistan this week and held a series of meetings with Pakistani officials in Islamabad, mainly to brief them about the recent talks held in Qatar between the Taliban and Kabul, a senior Taliban official, an Afghan diplomat and a Pakistani official said Saturday....

Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman's 75th birthday on Friday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organization that the spot should go to a real - and less sexualized - woman....

Top EU lawmaker intervenes to try to save Canada trade pact
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, is trying to salvage an EU trade deal with Canada in a personal intervention following the breakdown of talks....

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