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Iraqi army's elite force pauses advance near Mosul

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq An elite unit of the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city's eastern edge on Tuesday, waiting for other U.S.-backed forces to close in on Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

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Forensic police examine Australian theme park ride that killed four

SYDNEY Forensic police were examining a river rapids ride at Australia's biggest theme park on Wednesday after four people were killed when it apparently malfunctioned and they were trapped beneath an upturned raft.

Australia 7:27pm EDT

Venezuelan legislature launches trial against Maduro

CARACAS Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly voted on Tuesday to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for violating democracy, but the socialist government dismissed the move as meaningless.

5:00pm EDT

Getting North Korea to give up nuclear bomb probably 'lost cause': U.S. spy chief

WASHINGTON The U.S. policy of trying to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons "is probably a lost cause" and the best that could be hoped for is a cap on the country's nuclear capability, the Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday.

Economic gender parity nearly two centuries off, WEF finds

ZURICH Progress in closing the global workplace gender gap is slowing dramatically, according to a World Economic Forum study, with a notable exception in Rwanda, a country still emerging from the aftermath of genocide that has become the world's leader on equal pay.

Africa, Davos 7:30pm EDT

Brazil president's plan to restore finances takes step forward

BRASILIA Brazil President Michel Temer won another victory on Tuesday in his effort to restore fiscal discipline when the lower house of Congress approved a constitutional amendment to cap spending for 20 years.

Brazil 7:53pm EDT

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