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Iraq army and Shi'ite militias launch attacks north of Baghdad

BAGHDAD - Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday at the start of a campaign aimed at driving them out of the mainly Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. | Video

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U.S. army chief says 'very concerned' at UK defense cuts: Daily Telegraph

LONDON - The United States' army chief of staff said he was very concerned about the impact of cuts to British defense spending that he said had forced a review of how Britain's troops could be deployed alongside U.S. forces in future conflicts.

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Hong Kong arrests 38 as anti-China protesters scuffle with police

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police arrested 38 people after a group of about 400 demonstrators clashed with police, in the latest sign of tension caused by China's influence in the city.

China 5:25am EST

Four Syrian refugees killed in fire at camp in Jordan

AMMAN - Four Syrian refugees died on Monday when their mobile home caught fire in Jordan's Zaatari camp near the Syrian border, the United Nations refugee agency and a witness said.

United Nations 6:04am EST

Thai junta panel moves to allay fears over draft charter

BANGKOK - The panel appointed by Thailand's military government to draft a new constitution after the previous one was torn up following a May coup sought to allay growing criticism on Monday amid calls for more public involvement.

Thailand 5:42am EST

North Korea, angered by drills, fires short-range missiles

SEOUL - North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday, South Korean officials said, a defiant response to annual military exercises between South Korea and the United States but one which drew a swift protest from Japan. | Video

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