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Iraqi forces seize Mosul bridge as thousands of civilians flee

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces seized a damaged Mosul bridge on Monday which could link up their units on either side of the Tigris river, as thousands of civilians fled the fighting for Islamic State's remaining stronghold in the west of the city.

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Malaysian police say aware of North Korean companies linked to arms business

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's police chief said on Tuesday police were aware of two North Korea-linked companies that were identified in a Reuters report as firms operating an arms business in the Southeast Asian country.

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Show respect, avoid insults: U.N. envoy gets strict at Syria talks

GENEVA Like a headmaster addressing rowdy pupils, the United Nations envoy for Syria began peace talks in Geneva last week by telling the warring parties to behave and show respect.

United Nations, Syria 1:41pm EST

China considering offering financial incentives for second child: China Daily

SHANGHAI China is considering introducing birth rewards and subsidies to encourage people to have a second child, after surveys showed that economic constraints were making many reluctant to expand families, the state-owned China Daily newspaper reported.

China 8:02pm EST

Rio sambas on to The Beatles after accident mars Carnival

RIO DE JANEIRO Carnival revelers in Rio de Janeiro danced on to Beatles songs set to Brazilian samba rhythms on Monday after an accident injuring 20 people marred the annual pre lenten bacchanalia the night before.

Brazil 3:48pm EST

Stateless Rohingya refugees sucked into booming Bangladesh drug trade

LEDA, Bangladesh Rohingya Muslim refugee Ali Hasan is desperately looking for a bride for his 14-year-old son, jailed last year in Bangladesh for carrying the popular drug ya ba. He hopes the girl's family would pay the $620 needed for Mohammed Hasan's bail as dowry.

United Nations 6:21pm EST

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