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Iraqi army aims to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq. | Video

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Venezuela crisis enters dangerous phase as Maduro foes go militant

CARACAS In a curious convergence of events on the same day last week, four Venezuelan provincial courts issued identical rulings, state governors quickly hit Twitter to celebrate, then the election board emailed a short but bombshell statement.

Russia's Putin says Obama administration does not stick to any deals

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it was hard for him to work with the current U.S. administration because it did not stick to any agreements, including on Syria.

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Colombia delays peace talks with ELN rebels until captive freed

BOGOTA Colombia delayed peace talks with Marxist ELN rebels until they free a politician held captive for six months, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday, as he struggles to refloat another peace deal with FARC guerrillas after it was rejected in a plebiscite.

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Sunny French village takes in migrants from gloomy 'Jungle' camp

CHAMPTERCIER, France Champtercier, a tiny hillside village in sunblessed southeastern France, was joined early on Thursday by dozens of migrants who fled their homes with a dream - now more remote - of reaching Britain.

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Egypt's Sisi pledges reviews of protest law, detentions

CAIRO Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi promised on Thursday to amend a law that human rights groups say has severely restricted protest rights and hinted at possible pardons for young people imprisoned without conviction.

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