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Iraqi Shi'ite militia claim leadership of campaign against Islamic State

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Shi'ite militia announced 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 population.

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Taliban suicide bombers attack Afghan court killing two

KABUL - Taliban suicide bombers attacked a court in Wardak province on Tuesday, killing two police officers before being shot dead as they entered the compound, the police chief said.

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Five killed in Texas and Oklahoma floods, Houston on alert

SAN ANTONIO - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that left at least five people dead in Texas and Oklahoma to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park. | Video

Maryland lawmakers take up police reform after Baltimore unrest

WASHINGTON - Baltimore rioting over the death of a black man from injuries in police custody is spurring Maryland lawmakers to take action on criminal justice reform after legislation stalled in the statehouse.

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Malaysian police reveal grim secrets of jungle trafficking camps

BUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia - Malaysian police forensic teams, digging with hoes and shovels, began pulling out the remains of dozens of suspected victims of human traffickers on Tuesday from shallow graves discovered at a jungle camp near the border with Thailand.

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Washington Post reporter goes on trial behind closed doors in Tehran

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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Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions

SYDNEY - Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China's island building in the South China Sea.