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Iraqi army controls main roads out of Mosul, trapping Islamic State

MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi army units on Wednesday took control of the last major road out of western Mosul that had been in Islamic State's hands, trapping the militants in a shrinking area within the city, a general and residents said.

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Phones cut in eastern Ukraine as rebels seize firms

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine A fifth of a million phone users in Ukraine's rebel-controlled eastern city of Donetsk were cut off from the rest of the country on Wednesday after armed men took over the offices and equipment of the main fixed-line telecoms company, its director said.

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Canada, U.S. join forces on tackling border asylum-seekers

OTTAWA Canadian and U.S. officials are working on a plan to tackle asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally, with American officials keen to discover how they entered the United States in the first place, said a source familiar with the matter.

Politics, Election 2016 12:50pm EST

France's Fillon denounces probe, fights on for presidency

PARIS Conservative Francois Fillon promised on Wednesday to fight "to the end" in France's presidential election despite a deepening financial scandal, but his campaign suffered new blows as a top aide resigned and a party backing him suspended its support.

France 12:02pm EST

Taliban claim attacks in Afghan capital, at least 15 dead

KABUL Afghan Taliban militants said they attacked police, military and intelligence targets in Kabul on Wednesday, as security officials confirmed attacks in two areas of the city that killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens. | Video

Afghanistan 11:53am EST

Greeks protest as government, lenders discuss new austerity

ATHENS Thousands of people protested in central Athens on Wednesday against new austerity measures that the Greek government and its lenders have been discussing in an effort to conclude a drawn-out bailout review and unlock funds for the country.

Greece 3:18pm EST

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