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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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Ex-Russian press minister's 2015 Washington death ruled accidental

WASHINGTON The death last year in Washington of Mikhail Lesin, a Russian media executive and former adviser to President Vladimir Putin, was accidental and caused partly by alcohol poisoning after days of heavy drinking, U.S. authorities said on Friday.

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Venezuelan opposition strike patchy amid government threats

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL Venezuela's streets were quieter than usual on Friday during an opposition-called strike, but participation was patchy after the socialist government threatened to shut down businesses that closed.

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Colombia, rebels say incorporating new proposals into peace deal

HAVANA Colombia's government and FARC rebels are incorporating changes into the peace deal that was rejected in a referendum earlier this month in a bid to swiftly salvage the accord, both sides said on Friday.

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Uzbekistan registers four presidential candidates

ALMATY Uzbekistan's election authorities registered four candidates on Friday for a Dec.4 presidential election, including acting president Shavkat Mirziyoyev who is seen by most observers as a clear favorite.

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Libya meeting hopes to break political stalemate, focus on economy

WASHINGTON A meeting on Libya in London next week will seek to break a political stalemate over the country's U.N-backed unity government, which has struggled to extend its influence beyond the capital, Tripoli, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

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