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Iraqi army's elite force pauses advance near Mosul

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq An elite unit of the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city's eastern edge on Tuesday, waiting for other U.S.-backed forces to close in on Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

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Venezuelan legislature launches trial against Maduro

CARACAS Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly voted on Tuesday to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for violating democracy, but the socialist government dismissed the move as meaningless.

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Getting North Korea to give up nuclear bomb probably 'lost cause': U.S. spy chief

WASHINGTON The U.S. policy of trying to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons "is probably a lost cause" and the best that could be hoped for is a cap on the country's nuclear capability, the Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday.

Turkey detains co-mayors of mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir

ANKARA Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained the co-mayors of the mainly Kurdish southeast's biggest city on charges they aided militants, part of a government crackdown after more than a year of violence in the region.

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Economic gender parity nearly two centuries off, WEF finds

ZURICH Progress in closing the global workplace gender gap is slowing dramatically, according to a World Economic Forum study, with a notable exception in Rwanda, a country still emerging from the aftermath of genocide that has become the world's leader on equal pay.

Africa, Davos 6:14pm EDT

Forensic police examine Australian theme park ride that killed four

SYDNEY Forensic police were examining a river rapids ride at Australia's biggest theme park on Wednesday after four people were killed when it apparently malfunctioned, throwing two people off and trapping the other two inside.

Australia 6:33pm EDT

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