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Iraqi army drives Islamic State from Christian region near Mosul

QAYYARA, Iraq Iraqi army troops on Saturday stormed into a Christian region that has been under Islamic State control since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants' last major city stronghold in Iraq. | Video

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Opium crops spread in Afghanistan as Taliban gains ground, U.N. says

VIENNA The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan, the world's main source of heroin, has risen to its third-highest level in more than 20 years, the United Nations confirmed on Sunday, as the Taliban insurgency gains ground.

British anti-terrorist police find second 'suspicious item' after London arrest

LONDON Counter-terrorism police investigating the discovery of a "suspicious item" on a London train this week said they found another such device on Saturday when they searched a house in Devon, western England.

Oct 22 2016

Australian minister says rights commissioner politicizing role

SYDNEY An Australian government minister criticized the human rights commissioner on Sunday for comments on the treatment of refugees and reproof of politicians, saying she had politicized her position and made "substantial errors of judgment".

Australia Oct 22 2016

Maduro opponents march after Venezuela referendum sunk

CARACAS Led by women dressed in white, several thousand Venezuelans marched through Caracas on Saturday in the first of what the opposition hopes will be growing protests against the quashing of a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro.

Oct 22 2016

Somali pirates free 26 Asian sailors held since 2012

MOGADISHU Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian sailors held captive in a small fishing village for more than four years since their ship was hijacked in the Indian Ocean, government officials and a maritime expert said on Saturday.

Oct 22 2016

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