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Iraqi army aims 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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Man arrested for defacing Trump's Walk of Fame star in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES A man was arrested on Thursday for defacing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's star a day earlier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles with a sledgehammer and a pickax, police said.

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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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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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British data prompts global bond selloff; U.S. stocks flat

NEW YORK Strong growth data out of Britain prompted the worst daily selloff in gilts for months and pushed yields on the world's benchmark bonds higher on Thursday, as expectations eased for a Bank of England interest rate cut.

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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.