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Iraqi army tries to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq.

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Duterte says Philippines could join sea exercises with Japan, again vents anger at U.S.

YOKOHAMA, Japan Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday his country could join naval exercises with Japan, but repeated there would be no more war games with long-time ally the United States and again gave vent to his anger against Washington.

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European shares up as banks reassure, dollar holds near highs

LONDON Reassuring results from some of Europe's biggest banks gave financials a boost on Thursday and helped offset weakness in oil-related stocks, while higher bond yields underpinned the dollar.

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Japan, U.S., South Korea agree to put more pressure on North Korea: Japan official

TOKYO Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed on Thursday to work together to put more pressure on North Korea to get it to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama said.

New Calais "Jungle" arrivals cannot use resettlement scheme: prefect

CALAIS, France Migrants arriving at France's Calais "Jungle" since demolition of the camp began cannot expect to be resettled by the local authorities, the government prefect in the region said on Thursday.

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Venezuela protests against Maduro escalate, dozens injured

CARACAS Venezuela's increasingly militant opposition stepped up its push to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday with protests that drew hundreds of thousands but also saw unrest leading to dozens of injuries and arrests. | Video

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China says latest South China Sea drill was normal search and rescue exercise

BEIJING China's latest drill in the South China Sea was a normal search and rescue exercise, the defense ministry said on Thursday, less than a week after a U.S. navy destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, provoking a warning from Chinese warships to leave.