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Iraqi army's elite force pauses advance near Mosul

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq An elite unit of the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city's eastern edge on Tuesday, waiting for other U.S.-backed forces to close in on Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

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General Motors third-quarter earnings widely beat expectations

DETROIT General Motors Co reported much higher-than-expected third-quarter earnings on strong North American truck and SUV sales, calming fears that a U.S. auto market slowdown would dent profitability.

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U.S. takes aim at cyber attacks from connected devices as recalls mount

SAN FRANCISCO Obama administration officials sought on Monday to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one Friday that rendered Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and dozens of other major websites unavailable.

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Four killed on river ride at Australia's biggest theme park

SYDNEY Four people were killed on Tuesday on a river rapids ride at Australia's biggest theme park, police said, after a malfunction threw two of the victims off the seemingly innocuous ride and left the other two trapped inside. | Video

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Philippine police ponder different tack in deadly drugs war

MANILA Philippine police commanders met on Tuesday to evaluate the country's war on drugs, the president's spokesman said, thrashing out what law enforcement sources have described as a shift in strategy to increase arrests and cut down on bloodshed.

World, United Nations 7:00am EDT

Sunni Arabs forced to leave Kirkuk after Islamic State attack, residents say

KIRKUK, Iraq Hundreds of displaced Sunni Arab families have had to leave Kirkuk after an Islamic State attack on the Kurdish-controlled city which authorities suspect was helped by Sunni sleeper cells, humanitarian workers and residents said on Tuesday.

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Hong Kong legislature delays swearing-in of pro-independence lawmakers amid pressure

HONG KONG The president of the Hong Kong legislature on Tuesday delayed the swearing-in of two pro-independence lawmakers and temporarily banned them from attending meetings, an unprecedented move that follows weeks of pressure from factions loyal to Beijing.