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How Iran closed the Mosul 'horseshoe' and changed Iraq war

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq In the early days of the assault on Islamic State in Mosul, Iran successfully pressed Iraq to change its battle plan and seal off the city, an intervention which has since shaped the tortuous course of the conflict, sources briefed on the plan say.

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Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA: source

WASHINGTON U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama's measures to stem climate change to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source said on Wednesday.

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Trump seeks another retired general for top administration job

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate a third retired general for a top job in his new administration with the choice of a battle-hardened Marine commander to lead the agency set up after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to protect the U.S. homeland.

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Trump picks longtime friend of Beijing as U.S. ambassador to China

BEIJING/NEW YORK President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing after rattling the world's second largest economy with tough talk on trade and a telephone call with the leader of Taiwan.

'No survivors' after plane crash in northern Pakistan mountains

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan There were no survivors after a plane carrying 47 people crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday, the airline's chairman said, as recovery operations continued late into the night at the remote crash site. | Video

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Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo

BEIRUT Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow.

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U.S. judge hears arguments on Michigan presidential recount

A U.S. federal judge in Michigan heard arguments on Wednesday over whether he should reconsider an order he issued on Sunday to accelerate the presidential vote recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, according to officials.