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After civilians killed in Mosul, Pentagon denies loosening rules

WASHINGTON The Pentagon, facing accusations that a coalition air strike may have killed scores of civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, said on Monday it was not loosening its rules of engagement in the fight against Islamic State but that resources to investigate claims were limited.

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Bomb factories, village command posts: Islamic State's rural fight

BADUSH, Iraq Islamic State fighters have pulled out of this deserted village on the Tigris river, which Iraqi commanders say was a crucial outpost defending their nearby stronghold of Mosul, but signs of their presence abound.

Iraq 4:35pm EDT

Turks in Germany start voting in referendum to boost Erdogan powers

BERLIN Turks living in Germany began casting their ballots on Monday in a referendum that proposes changing Turkey's constitution to increase President Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Germany, Turkey 2:51pm EDT

Brazil suspends three more meat plants in bribery scandal

SAO PAULO Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said on Monday it ordered three more food processing facilities to suspend production amid an investigation into alleged corruption of inspectors and unsanitary conditions in the world's biggest meat producer.

Deals, Brazil, 5:37pm EDT

Qatar Airways chief says laptop ban not designed to hurt Gulf carriers

LONDON Qatar Airways' chief executive said on Monday he did not believe the ban on carrying most electronics in the cabins of passenger flights to the United States from eight Muslim majority countries was designed to hurt Gulf airlines.

3:26pm EDT

Iraqi forces make new push in Mosul Old City: federal police

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces said they launched new assaults in Mosul's Old City on Monday after more than two weeks of only small advances and a high civilian death toll appeared to prompt a change in tactics. | Video

Iraq 1:07pm EDT

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