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Anti-ISIS forces cheer Raqqa's fall

U.S. military says coalition still faces holdouts in Syrian city

Subscriber onlyU.S.-backed forces said Tuesday that they had seized the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State militant group, which had long used the city as the capital of its self-declared caliphate. Continue reading...

NAFTA nations say talks to push into '18

Canada, Mexico balk at U.S. requests

Subscriber onlyNegotiations over the future of NAFTA will be extended into the first quarter of 2018, officials leading the talks said Tuesday, in a bid to resolve differences after Canada and Mexico rejected what they see as hard-line U.S. proposals. Continue reading...

More fearful Rohingya run for Bangladesh

Subscriber onlyThousands more Rohingya Muslims are fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Burma and crossing into Bangladesh, where more than a half-million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps, according to witnesses and a drone video shot by the U.N. refugee agency. Continue reading...

Grieving Somalis search, lose hope

‘Bring my son back,’ one father pleads

Subscriber onlyFamilies scoured Somalia's capital Tuesday in search of scores still missing from Saturday's bombing that killed more than 300 people. Continue reading...

Spanish court says vote to split illegal

Catalans rap ruling, protest 2 arrests

Subscriber onlySpain's top court ruled Tuesday that an independence referendum in Catalonia was unconstitutional, adding weight to government efforts to block the region from breaking away from the rest of the country, while demonstrators demanded the release of two jailed separatist activists. Continue reading...

Kurds roll out, yielding disputed turf to Iraqis

Subscriber onlyKurdish forces pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, a day after handing the northern city of Kirkuk over to federal forces in a tense standoff after last month's vote for independence. Continue reading...

Scotland battered by tropical storm

Subscriber onlyTropical Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyTaliban make day bloody for Afghans Continue reading...

Toys R Us Asia gets IPO consideration

Subscriber onlyToys R Us Inc., the retailer that filed for bankruptcy in North America, has been exploring options for its growing Asian business, including a potential initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said. Continue reading...

Couple’s nuptials set off firestorm in India

Subscriber only In front of a tin-roofed house with the Himalaya Mountains rising behind it, about 300 wedding guests waited on a big green lawn, eager for the arrival of the bride and groom. Continue reading...

Court jails two top Catalan separatists

Also, secession intent isn’t clarified

Subscriber onlyBARCELONA, Spain -- Spain's confrontation with its independence-seeking region of Catalonia intensified Monday when a judge ordered the leaders of two pro-independence groups jailed while they are investigated on possible sedition charges for organizing demonstrations before the region's disputed secession vote. Continue reading...

At least 39 people killed in Portugal, Spain fires

Subscriber onlyLISBON, Portugal -- Late-season wildfires that broke out over the weekend in Portugal have killed at least 35 people, including a 1-month-old infant, authorities said Monday, making 2017 by far the deadliest year on record for forest blazes in the country. Continue reading...

Iraqi troops take over in Kirkuk

Oil fields seized; steps aim to thwart Kurdish independence

Subscriber onlyKIRKUK, Iraq -- The Iraqi government began a military operation Monday to blunt the independence drive by the nation's Kurdish minority, wresting oil fields and a contested city from separatists pushing to break away from Iraq. Continue reading...

Get-Americans-out drill set in S. Korea

Subscriber onlySEOUL, South Korea -- The U.S. military said Monday that it would practice evacuating noncombatant Americans out of South Korea in the event of war and other emergencies, as the two allies began a joint naval exercise amid heightened tensions with North Korea. Continue reading...

Trump warns of Iran deal termination

President accuses other nations of using accords to take advantage of U.S.

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his threat to fully withdraw the United States from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, while holding out the possibility that fixes to the accord may prevent an American pullout. Continue reading...

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