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Syrian army, allies advance against Islamic State east of Raqqa

BEIRUT Syrian government forces and their allies have recaptured territory from Islamic State in countryside southeast of its stronghold Raqqa after air strikes in the area, a pro-Damascus military media unit and war monitors reported.

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Venezuela congress going ahead despite 'imperial' threat: Maduro

CARACAS Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that an election would go ahead next weekend for a controversial new congress his foes fear will institutionalize dictatorship.

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Turkish police detain 61 protesters in Ankara

ANKARA Turkish police detained 61 protesters in the capital Ankara on Sunday demonstrating in support of two teachers jailed two months ago for going on hunger strike, private broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

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As U.S. weighs Afghan strategy, hopes set on fledgling Air Force

KABUL As the U.S. administration prepares its new strategy for Afghanistan, the Kabul government and its Western allies are working hard to develop an air force that gives government forces the advantage in their war against Taliban militants.

Israel says Jerusalem mosque metal detectors to stay, may be reduced

JERUSALEM Israel said on Sunday it would not remove metal detectors whose installation outside a major Jerusalem mosque has triggered the bloodiest clashes with the Palestinians in years, but could eventually reduce their use.

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Mexico ruling party well behind upstart leftist in voter poll

MEXICO CITY Mexico's ruling party is running in third place with less than a year to go before the next presidential election, well behind the new party of leftist hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, an opinion poll showed on Sunday.

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