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Iraq Shi'ite militia take lead in campaign to reverse Islamic State gains

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries said on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni Muslim population. | Video

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Afghan insurgents launch late-night attack on Kabul guesthouse

KABUL - Heavily armed insurgents stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul late on Tuesday night and were still resisting Afghan security forces more than five hours after the assault began.

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China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters

BEIJING - China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and announced plans for the construction of two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions.

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Cleveland agrees to limit police use of force after shootings

WASHINGTON/CLEVELAND - The Cleveland police department has agreed to train officers to minimize racial bias and the use of excessive force in a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice after a pattern of abuses was detailed in a report last year, officials said on Tuesday.

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Storms kill 16 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston flooded

HOUSTON - Torrential rains have killed at least 16 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said on Tuesday. | Video

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Washington Post reporter goes on trial in Tehran behind closed doors

DUBAI - Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial on espionage charges behind closed doors in Tehran on Tuesday, 10 months after he was arrested at his home and imprisoned, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. | Video

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Colorado movie gunman wrote of 'obsession to kill' since childhood

CENTENNIAL, Colo., - Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes wrote in a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist prior to opening fire in a suburban theater that he had harbored an "obsession to kill" since childhood, a police officer testified at his murder trial on Tuesday.

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Seven members of Yemeni family killed in Saudi-led strike: residents

CAIRO/ADEN, Yemen - Seven members of a family were killed in an overnight strike by Saudi-led warplanes on a border village in northern Yemen, residents said, as heavy clashes erupted across the frontier after Houthi fire killed one Saudi citizen.