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In mix at front, U.S. aids gains

Battle rules shift for Mosul

Subscriber onlySOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq -- U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Browning juggled phone calls on an overstuffed sofa in a small village south of Mosul. His counterparts in the Iraqi army's 9th Division were pushing toward western Mosul, just a few miles away and were coming under mortar fire from the Islamic State extremist group as they moved on a power station. Continue reading...

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul

Nation executes airstrikes on ISIS just across border in Syria

Subscriber onlyMOSUL AIRPORT, Iraq -- As Iraqi ground troops pushed into western Mosul on Friday, the country's air force struck Islamic State targets inside Syria for the first time in response to recent bombings in Baghdad claimed by the militants. Continue reading...

Police: Sick woman a clue in death

N. Korean killed by banned nerve agent VX, Malaysians find

Subscriber onlyKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Sometime in the hours after poisoning the half brother of North Korea's leader, one of his two attackers began to throw up, Malaysian police said Friday. It was an early indication of the chemical warfare agent VX, identified as the cause of the killing. Continue reading...

Mexico draws the line on deportations

‘No chance’ of taking 3rd-country illegals, official says after U.S. floats option

Subscriber onlyMEXICO CITY -- The Mexican government made clear to visiting U.S. emissaries that it will not accept deportees from third countries under any circumstances, the interior secretary said Friday. Continue reading...

Bridges, not walls, Peruvian tells Trump

First Latin American leader to visit White House has Wall Street credentials

Subscriber onlyLIMA, Peru -- The first Latin American president to visit Donald Trump at the White House told the U.S. leader Friday he prefers "bridges to walls," sending him a gentle rebuke of his controversial proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Continue reading...

Forces push into Mosul's airport

Hitting at ISIS in city’s west, Iraqis also enter military base

Subscriber onlyIraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances Thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, where they took control of the runway. Continue reading...

After 3 years, Syrian combatants meet

Find way out of nightmare, U.N. envoy implores sides taking part in Geneva talks

Subscriber onlySyria's opposing sides met Thursday in U.N. mediation for the first time in three years, with the U.N. envoy citing a historic chance to end a conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead, displaced millions and fomented a proxy war by foreign powers. Continue reading...

Canadians worry over migrants fleeing U.S.

Subscriber onlyAs asylum seekers continue to flee President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown by crossing into Canada, concern is growing there over whether the country will be able to cope if the number of people keeps growing. Continue reading...

The world in brief

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U.S. general urges bigger role in Syria

Votel says more troops an option in fight to retake Raqqa from Islamic State

Subscriber onlyMore U.S. troops may be needed in Syria to speed the campaign against the Islamic State group, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East said Wednesday. Continue reading...

2 in Cabinet sent to regain Mexico's trust

Tillerson, Kelly face nation’s ire over immigration, wall

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump has dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on a fence-mending mission. Continue reading...

Bomber in Iraq once U.S. detainee

Briton freed from Guantanamo in 2004 identified as militant

Subscriber only A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after the United Kingdom lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists. Continue reading...

Portugal jails ex-CIA agent

Woman faces prison time in Italy for role in kidnapping

Subscriber onlyA former CIA officer was jailed this week by Portuguese authorities and expects to be extradited within days to Italy, where she faces four years in prison for her role in the kidnapping of a terrorist suspect in Milan 14 years ago, according to her attorney. Continue reading...

Group ties 'us vs. them' woes to Trump, others

Subscriber onlyAmnesty International says "toxic" fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global push-back against human rights. Continue reading...

S. Africa's pullout from global court ruled illegal

Subscriber only A South African court ruled Wednesday that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court without Parliament's approval was unconstitutional. The country had been set to become the first to leave the tribunal that prosecutes the world's worst atrocities. Continue reading...

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