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Iraq state TV: Operation to retake Tikrit begins
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants....
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Iraq's Tikrit: A Sunni bastion on the road to Mosul
The offensive launched Monday by Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters is aimed at capturing Tikrit, a Sunni city 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad that was captured by Islamic State militants during their lightning advance last summer....
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UN rights office: Death toll in eastern Ukraine passes 6,000
BERLIN (AP) -- More than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the start of the conflict almost a year ago that has led to a "merciless devastation of civilian lives and infrastructure," the U.N. human rights office said Monday....
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Video reports conflict in probe of Putin critic's slaying
MOSCOW (AP) -- The investigation into the killing of Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down not far from the Kremlin, faced conflicting reports Monday about possible surveillance footage of his slaying....
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Saudi diplomat taken by al-Qaida in Yemen free after 3 years
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says that its diplomat who was abducted by alleged al-Qaida militants in Yemen has been released after nearly three years in captivity....
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Ukraine's leader urges peacekeeping mission for the east
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president has a signed a decree opening the way to a formal request for international peacekeepers to be stationed in eastern regions where government forces are battling Russian-backed separatists....
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Afghan army takes on Taliban in first solo offensive
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops....
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Britain's Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China
BEIJING (AP) -- Prince William presented China's president with an invitation from the queen for him to visit Britain this year, as the prince on Monday began the first official trip to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation....
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Former school principal: 'Jihadi John' hardworking student
LONDON (AP) -- The former school principal of the man who became "Jihadi John" says he was a relatively hardworking student who showed no signs of radicalization....
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Israel says it foiled Gaza smuggling ring helping Hamas
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli-Palestinian smuggling ring funneled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Gaza, bypassing Israel's stringent border security to help Hamas rebuild its militant infrastructure following last year's war, Israel said Monday....
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