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Iran-backed Shi'ite militias to join assault near Mosul on new front

BAGHDAD Iraqi Shi'ite militias backed by Iran said on Friday they would soon join the fight against Islamic State on a new front west of Mosul, a move which could block any retreat by the jihadists into Syria but might alarm Turkey and the United States.

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Colombia, rebels say incorporating new proposals into peace deal

HAVANA Colombia's government and FARC rebels are incorporating changes into the peace deal that was rejected in a referendum earlier this month in a bid to swiftly salvage the accord, both sides said on Friday.

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Philippines' Duterte says God warned him off swearing

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to stop swearing, saying God spoke to him on a flight from Japan on Thursday, warning him the plane would crash if he kept using bad language. | Video

Japan 6:07pm EDT

Maduro is Venezuelan, top court rules

CARACAS Venezuela's top court on Friday ruled that President Nicolas Maduro is indeed Venezuelan, responding to years of opposition speculation that the socialist leader was in fact born in neighboring Colombia and has dual citizenship.

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Rajoy set to win vote to be Spain's leader, ending gridlock

MADRID Spain's 10 months without a government should end on Saturday when parliament is set to grudgingly grant conservative Mariano Rajoy a second term as prime minister.

Spain 7:03pm EDT

In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative

COLOGNE, Germany Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. But when he saw men with bushy long beards at a mosque near his current home in Cologne last November, he was worried.

Egypt, Syria 6:25am EDT

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