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U.S., allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: U.S. Central Command

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said.

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In rural Tunisia, economic malaise weighs on voters

KASSERINE Tunisia - In the western Tunisian city of Kasserine, campaign posters plastered on walls make plain what many voters want from Sunday's parliamentary election -- jobs, whose scarcity has fueled unrest and militancy.

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Kurdish forces retake north Iraqi town from Islamic State

ARBIL Iraq - Kurdish forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages from Islamic State early on Saturday after heavy coalition air strikes against the Islamist insurgents, security sources said.

Iraq 10:43am EDT

Brazil presidential campaign ends in slugfest over corruption

BRASILIA - Presidential candidates traded accusations over political corruption on Friday night in a last ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before Sunday's election runoff in Brazil's closest race in decades.

Brazil 10:33am EDT

Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli, two soldiers killed

BEIRUT - Two Lebanese soldiers died from their wounds on Saturday as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen in the northern city of Tripoli for a second day, trying to uproot the militants from the Old City.

Libya 10:43am EDT

Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

DUBAI - A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared.

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