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AP Top International News at 3:03 p.m. EST

A lethal mistake leads to a harrowing ambush in Iraq's Mosul
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- As Iraqi forces advanced toward the al-Salam hospital in Mosul earlier this week, encountering only light resistance from Islamic State fighters, commanders decided to seize the facility instead of sweeping the neighborhoods along the road leading to it....

Syria's Assad says victory in Aleppo won't end the war
BEIRUT (AP) -- President Bashar Assad said in comments published Thursday that Syrian forces' victory in the battle for Aleppo will be a "big gain" for his government but that it will not end of the country's civil war....

Iraq's parliament speaker says airstrike killed civilians
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament speaker says an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible....

Aid groups descend on Indonesia quake zone; deaths reach 102
MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) -- Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people....

AP PHOTOS: Indonesian towns reel from earthquake devastation
PIDIE JAYA, Indonesia (AP) -- Damage from the earthquake that shook Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday is extensive in towns near the epicenter. A market was leveled, and other buildings reduced to chunks of cement and twisted rebar....

Pirates preying on Venezuelan fishermen as industry unravels
PUNTA DE ARAYA, Venezuela (AP) -- The pirates had killed Flaco Marval's brother and two cousins, and word was they were coming for the rest of the family....

Brexit dominates UK politics, from Supreme Court to Commons
LONDON (AP) -- The drama of Britain's exit from the European Union was being acted out this week on two of London's grandest stages: the Supreme Court and the House of Commons chamber. The plot is gripping, but the ending is still a mystery....

Parisians grapple with worst winter pollution in a decade
PARIS (AP) -- Under deceptively blue skies, the marvels of Paris beckoned. But art dealer Sophie Vigourous wore a face mask to appreciate them because of the pollution....

French far-right chief nixes free class for kids of illegals
PARIS (AP) -- Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has declared that foreigners in France should go through a "waiting period" before benefiting from the country's social services and that children whose parents are in France illegally shouldn't be allowed free schooling....

Rights group says US may be complicit in Yemen 'atrocities'
CAIRO (AP) -- Human Rights Watch on Thursday called for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen, and said the United States might be complicit in "atrocities" by supplying bombs....

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