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Middle-aged London attacker was criminal who wasn't seen as threat

BIRMINGHAM, England Before he killed at least four people in Britain's deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a criminal who posed little serious threat. | Video

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Five children among 11 Syrians killed as boat sinks off Turkey: DHA

ANKARA Five children were among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday, the Dogan news agency said, the first such reported incident in months on an illegal migrant route meant to have been all but shut down.

Syria 11:30am EDT

Putin hosts French presidential contender Le Pen in Kremlin

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin granted an audience to French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday, bestowing a level of international recognition that has so far eluded her in the countdown to France's presidential election. | Video

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Syria's Ja'afari says U.S. action on Raqqa would be illegitimate

GENEVA Any U.S.- or Turkish-backed attack on Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa would be illegitimate unless coordinated with President Bashar al-Assad's government, the Syrian chief negotiator at peace talks in Geneva said on Friday.

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In eastern Ukraine, troops tiptoeing up to front line risk heavy battles

AVDIYIVKA/KIEV Ukrainian government troops and separatist fighters have drawn closer to each other at several places along the tense front line in eastern Ukraine, monitors say, raising the risk of violent flare-ups that could wreck a shaky ceasefire.

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IS gunmen target civilians fleeing Mosul by night

MOSUL, Iraq Islamic State gunmen are opening fire on men, women and children as they try to flee Mosul under cover of darkness, civilians who escaped the besieged Iraqi city said on Friday.

United Nations, Iraq 11:29am EDT

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