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Islamic State expands its 'state'

BEIRUT - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. | Video

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Myanmar says finds more than 200 Bangladeshis in boat offshore

YANGON - Myanmar's navy has brought ashore 200 Bangladeshis found in a boat off its coast, after its military chief said some of the thousands of migrants that have landed in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are pretending to be Rohingya Muslims to get UN aid.

Islamic State says it has full control of Syria's Palmyra

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defenses east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier. | Video

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British bomber jailed for life for murder of U.S. sergeant in Iraq

LONDON - A London taxi driver, convicted of making bombs which were used against U.S. forces in Iraq, one of which killed a U.S. sergeant, was jailed for life on Friday and told he would spend at least 38 years behind bars.

Iraq 9:45am EDT

Top Shi'ite cleric urges plan to purge Iraq of Islamic State after fall of Ramadi

BAGHDAD - Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on Friday for a plan to purge the country of Islamic State militants after they overran the city of Ramadi.

Iraq 7:15am EDT

Global refugee crises will hinder resettlement of Asian 'boat people': UNHCR

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Resettling asylum seekers who are among the thousands of boat people in temporary shelters in Indonesia and Malaysia will prove "extremely difficult" due to the mounting refugee crises around the world, a U.N. official said.

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