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Iraq announces launch of operation to drive IS from Anbar
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month....
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For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart
BEIRUT (AP) -- The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream....
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For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart
BEIRUT (AP) -- The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream....
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Iran begins trial of detained Washington Post reporter
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The closed trial of an American-Iranian reporter for the Washington Post detained in Iran for more than 10 months began Tuesday in a court used to hear security cases, the official IRNA news agency reported....
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Afghan forces struggle as Taliban seeks northern stronghold
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns over their ability to defend the country without U.S. and foreign combat troops....
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Report: Israeli leader offers talks over settlement blocs
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli newspaper says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to renew peace talks with the Palestinians....
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UN officials didn't follow up on sex abuse claims for months
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- For months, the U.N.'s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn't follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked "strictly confidential" show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case....
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Conservative challenger Duda wins Polish presidential vote
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election and ousted the incumbent in a runoff vote, according to official results Monday....
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Spain leader blames austerity, scandals for election result
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's prime minister acknowledged Monday he was disappointed with his party's showing in local elections, which he attributed largely to austerity measures his government was compelled to take during Europe's recent debt crisis and a recent string of political scandals....
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Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban
HAVANA (AP) -- "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old casks....
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