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Iraq launches offensive on last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a ground offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western part of the city of Mosul, and put an end to their ambitions for territorial rule in Iraq.

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A year ago, Israel, Jordan and Egypt secretly met for peace: report

JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly a year ago with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan in a failed attempt by the Obama administration to convene a wider regional summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace, Israel's Haaretz daily said on Sunday.

Syrian government forces press attack on Damascus outskirts: monitors, medic

BEIRUT Syrian government forces fired rockets at a rebel-held area on Damascus's outskirts on Sunday, pressing an attack that began the day before and has killed up to 16 people, a medical worker and war monitors said.

Syria 1:44pm EST

France's Melenchon says he would hike spending by 273 billion euros

PARIS French hard-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon would raise spending by 273 billion euros ($290 billion), his team said in a presentation online on Sunday.

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Britain's exit from EU irrevocable once triggered: minister

LONDON The process of Britain leaving the European Union is irrevocable once it has been triggered, a government minister said on Sunday.

5:42am EST

Leftist vies with ex-banker in nail-biter Ecuador presidency vote

QUITO Ecuadoreans were voting on Sunday in a nail-biter presidential election where an ally of leftist President Rafael Correa hopes to clinch enough support to avoid a runoff against a conservative ex-banker.

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