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Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

BAGHDAD - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad. | Video

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U.S. transfers Marine murder suspect to Philippine base

MANILA - The United States has transferred a Marine suspected of the murder of a transgender Filipino to a Philippine military base under U.S. guard, the head of the Philippine armed forces said, in line with a legal agreement between the two countries.

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Thailand tourist murder suspects retract confessions

BANGKOK - Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions, their lawyers said on Wednesday, adding further confusion to an investigation that has attracted widespread criticism.

Thailand, Myanmar 2:32am EDT

Pistorius starts five-year term for killing Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA - Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world.

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Indonesian president says eight cabinet choices not approved

JAKARTA - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday the country's anti-graft agency did not approve eight of his cabinet choices.

3:46am EDT

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

JAFFNA Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy.

United Nations 2:19am EDT

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