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Heavy clashes as Iraqi forces push into IS-held Fallujah

Mideast Iraq Islamic State

CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) – Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour counterattack by the Islamic State group on Tuesday, a day after entering the southern part of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes. A leading aid group meanwhile raised alarm over the unfolding …

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South Korea says North Korea missile launch likely failed

South Korea Koreas Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said, the fourth in a series of high-profile failures that somewhat temper recent worries that the North is pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach …

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Turkey concerned over Germany’s stance on Armenian killings

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday expressed concerns to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over plans in Germany’s parliament to recognize the World War I killings of Armenians as genocide. Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time …

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Ex-Miss Turkey gets suspended sentence for insulting Erdogan

Merve Buyuksarac

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – A court on Tuesday convicted a former Miss Turkey of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through social media postings and gave her a 14-month suspended sentence, amid deepening concerns that the country is swaying toward an increasingly authoritarian form of rule. The court in Istanbul found …

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Though largely unknown, Trump finds fans in China

Donald Trump

BEIJING (AP) – China features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China itself, though, he’s only now emerging as a public figure, despite notoriety elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses …

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Gibraltar fears border with Spain could close if UK quits EU

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MADRID (AP) – Gibraltar could find its access to the single European market blocked by a hostile Spanish government if the United Kingdom were to vote to leave the European Union in a referendum next month, the chief minister of the tiny British territory on Spain’s southwestern tip said Sunday. …

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Beijing tracks the elderly as they take buses, go shopping

China Tracking The Elderly

BEIJING (AP) – These days, when people over 80 in Beijing take a bus, see a doctor or spend money, their activities are digitally tracked by the government, as part of an effort to improve services for the country’s rapidly growing elderly population. The data amassed with each swipe of …

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Bombings in Baghdad, near Iraqi capital kill at least 20

Mideast Iraq Islamic State

BAGHDAD (AP) – Militants unleashed a wave of bombings targeting commercial areas in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 20 people, officials said as Iraqi troops poised to recapture the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah, west of Iraq’s capital. Shortly after the bombs hit, the extremist Islamic State, …

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In Haiti, cradle of rich visual heritage is being reinvented

Haiti Preserving Art

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Youvensky Despeignes used to spend hours a day at home drawing pencil-and-ink abstractions on cheap notebook paper, his aspirations as a painter frustrated by a lack of opportunities in Haiti where a rich artistic heritage has suffered decades of decline. But the 22-year-old is now a …

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