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Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul

BAGHDAD Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq.

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Pentagon chief to stress Iraq sovereignty in Turkey talks

ANKARA U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he would stress the need to respect Iraq's sovereignty during a visit on Friday to Turkey, which has been locked in a dispute with Baghdad over who should participate in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State.

Turkey, Iraq 7:11am EDT

France's Juppe says Anglo-French border should be moved to England: Guardian

LONDON France's Alain Juppe will move the border with Britain from Calais to southern England if he wins power next year, setting up a potential battle with London over immigration following the Brexit vote, the Guardian newspaper reported.

France 6:42am EDT

Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops

ROME/HONG KONG/BEIJING Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of bishops on the mainland, a move aimed at ending a longstanding dispute, according to Catholic Church sources familiar with the negotiations. | Video

People, China, Pope 7:19am EDT

Swedish asylum center burns down in suspected arson attack

STOCKHOLM A Swedish asylum center burned down overnight in a suspected attack by arsonists, police said on Friday, the second incident of its kind in a week in the Stockholm region.

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Once asylum beneficiaries in 1956, Hungarians now reject migrants

BUDAPEST/TRAISKIRCHEN, Austria Sixty years ago, Soviet tanks crushed an anti-communist uprising in Budapest, sending 200,000 Hungarians - men women and children - fleeing across the border into Austrian refugee camps, then onwards into a welcoming Western world.

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