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Anger in Mosul as Islamic State destroys historic mosque

MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq The leaning al-Hadba minaret that towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the city.

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In Brussels, weakened May to offer EU citizens rights

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May said at the start of a European Union summit on Thursday that she would reassure fellow leaders that her government will protect the rights of their citizens living in Britain after its departure from the bloc. | Video

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After London fire, 600 tower blocks must be tested for flammable cladding

LONDON The government is urgently conducting safety checks on an estimated 600 high-rise buildings in England which have exterior cladding panels after at least 79 people died when fire consumed a London tower block last week, officials said on Thursday. | Video

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New citizens start lives in Canada as country seeks immigrants

CALGARY, Alberta At citizenship ceremonies across the country, new Canadians began a fresh chapter in their lives last month in a land they chose for what they saw as its diversity, safety and opportunity.

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South Africa's top court okays secret no-confidence Zuma ballot, but won't order one

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN South Africa's top court ruled on Thursday that secret ballots may be held for motions of no confidence in parliament, a potential blow to the tenure of beleaguered President Jacob Zuma who said such a vote would be unfair.

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Turkey sends Qatar food and soldiers, discusses Gulf tensions with Saudi

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey sent its first ship carrying food aid to Qatar and dispatched a small contingent of soldiers and armored vehicles there on Thursday, while President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia's leaders on calming tension in the region.

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