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Iran-backed Shi'ite militias to join assault near Mosul on new front

BAGHDAD Iraqi Shi'ite militias backed by Iran said on Friday they would soon join the fight against Islamic State on a new front west of Mosul, a move which could block any retreat by the jihadists into Syria but might alarm Turkey and the United States.

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Venezuelan opposition strike patchy amid government threats

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL Venezuela's streets were quieter than usual on Friday, but a strike called by the opposition drew patchy participation after the socialist government threatened to seize businesses that closed.

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Madoff trustee reaches $277 million accord with money manager's family

The court-appointed trustee liquidating Bernard Madoff's firm said on Friday he has reached a settlement with the family of late Beverly Hills money manager Stanley Chais that will provide more than $277 million to victims of Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

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Police arrest 141 in crackdown on North Dakota pipeline protesters

Police arrested 141 Native Americans and other protesters in North Dakota in a tense standoff that spilled into Friday morning between law enforcement and demonstrators seeking to halt construction of a disputed oil pipeline. | Video

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Northern Ireland court rejects Brexit challenge

BELFAST Northern Ireland's High Court on Friday rejected an attempt to block Britain's exit from the European Union, saying that neither the province's parliament nor laws could override a decision by the British government.

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France and Britain feud over young Jungle camp migrants

CALAIS, France Dozens of youngsters woke under the watchful eyes of French riot police on Friday after a chilly night outdoors near the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, as Paris and London squabbled over their fate and that of hundreds more bent on getting to Britain. | Video

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Three in Florida, Virginia charged with criminal voter fraud

Officials in Florida and Virginia filed voter fraud charges against three people in apparently unrelated cases on Friday, just 11 days before American voters cast ballots in the hotly contested presidential race.


In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative

COLOGNE, Germany Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. But when he saw men with bushy long beards at a mosque near his current home in Cologne last November, he was worried.