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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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France tells migrants to forget Calais as 'Jungle' camp razed

CALAIS, France Bulldozers cleared mounds of debris and demolished makeshift shelters in the "Jungle" migrant camp on Thursday, and French authorities said more than 6,000 people had been evacuated from the squalid site.

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New Jersey 'Bridgegate' judge delays closing arguments

NEWARK, N.J. Closing arguments in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" trial were unexpectedly postponed by a day on Thursday because of an unspecified "legal issue" that must be resolved, the trial judge said.

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Turkey-Kurdish rivalry complicates push against Islamic State in Syria's Raqqa

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL Fighting between Turkey and Kurdish militias in northern Syria is complicating plans to drive their mutual enemy Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa, an operation U.S. officials have said may start within weeks.

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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.

World, Japan 11:37am EDT

European banks reassure on earnings, dollar holds near highs

LONDON Reassuring results from some of Europe's biggest banks gave the region's beaten-down financials a boost on Thursday and helped offset weakness in industrial and tech stocks, while higher bond yields continued to underpin the dollar.

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Putin says U.S. hysteria over Russia an election ploy

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday American politicians were whipping up hysteria about a mythical Russian threat in the U.S. presidential campaign as a ploy to distract voters from their own failings.