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On final trip, Carter looks to reassure Asia allies

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes his last scheduled trip to Asia next week, and he will try to sooth anxieties caused by Donald Trump's election, U.S. officials said.

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Exclusive: Iraqi commanders examined strategy shift to avert Mosul war of attrition

BAGHDAD Facing brutal urban warfare in Mosul and with their push slowed by the presence of one million residents, Iraqi commanders examined changing strategy last week to help civilians leave to give the army a free hand to strike Islamic State fighters.

United Nations, Iraq 10:05am EST

Hong Kong officials widen legal attack on fledgling independence movement

HONG KONG Leaders of Chinese-ruled Hong Kong widened their legal fight against the city's fledgling independence movement on Friday, targeting four more lawmakers over oaths taken at a Legislative Council swearing-in ceremony in October.

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Philippines' Duterte gets Trump White House invite during 'animated' call

MANILA/WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump invited Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year during a "very engaging, animated" phone conversation, a Duterte aide said on Friday, amid rocky relations between their two countries.

Politics, Election 2016 6:26pm EST

Renzi makes final appeal to Italians ahead of referendum

ROME With his career on the line, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made a final appeal to Italians on Friday to support a crucial referendum to change the constitution, saying Italy could become Europe's strongest nation if it wins. | Video

Italy 9:31pm EST

Victims of Colombia crash take final flights home to Brazil

MEDELLIN, Colombia Dozens of coffins carrying those killed when a plane flying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team crashed into a Colombian mountain were loaded onto Brazilian air force planes for their final journey home on Friday.

Brazil 7:24pm EST

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