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How Iran closed the Mosul 'horseshoe' and changed Iraq war

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq In the early days of the assault on Islamic State in Mosul, Iran successfully pressed Iraq to change its battle plan and seal off the city, an intervention which has since shaped the tortuous course of the conflict, sources briefed on the plan say.

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Ghana votes as President Mahama seeks a final term

ACCRA Ghana voted on Wednesday in a presidential election that looks set to be a tight race, with the incumbent John Mahama seeking a second term in charge of an economy that has slowed since he took power. | Video

Africa 4:15pm EST

New Zealand leadership frontrunner names likely finance minister

WELLINGTON New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English, the front-runner to replace outgoing Prime Minister John Keys, said on Thursday he would name senior Cabinet minister Steven Joyce as his finance ministry replacement if he wins the top job.

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Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say

BAGHDAD Air strikes killed dozens of people, including many women and children, in an Islamic State-held town near Iraq's western border with Syria on Wednesday, two parliamentarians and local hospital sources said.

Syria, Iraq 2:57pm EST

Ties between Russia and the Taliban worry Afghan, U.S. officials

KABUL Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation.

Russia, Afghanistan 6:24pm EST

Brazil Supreme Court judge votes to keep Senate head in job

BRASILIA The longest-serving member of Brazil's Supreme Court, Justice Celso de Mello, voted on Wednesday to overrule an injunction ordering the head of the Senate to step down following an embezzlement indictment.

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