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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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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

France avoids nuclear plant closure decision as election looms

PARIS France has delayed a decision on promised nuclear reactor decommissioning, effectively putting on hold a process that could ultimately be overturned with a change of government next year.

Environment, France 2:49pm EDT

Russia fails to win re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS Russia failed to win re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, beaten out by Hungary and Croatia, following lobbying by rights groups against Moscow's candidacy because of its military support for the Syrian government.

United Nations, Russia 3:42pm EDT

Exclusive: Rohingya women say Myanmar soldiers raped them amid crackdown on militants

U SHEY KYA/YANGON Rohingya Muslims say Myanmar soldiers raped or sexually assaulted dozens of women in a remote village in the northwest of the country during the biggest upsurge in violence against the persecuted minority in four years. | Video

Myanmar, United Nations 3:44pm EDT

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