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Iraq's Shi'ite militias say offensive west of Mosul imminent

BAGHDAD Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary groups are about to launch an offensive on Islamic State positions west of Mosul, assisting in the military campaign to take back the city, a spokesman said on Friday.

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Confrontation looms as Pakistan's Imran Khan calls protests ahead of capital lockdown

ISLAMABAD Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan called for nationwide protests on Friday after dozens of activists from his party were arrested, adding to political deadlock ahead of his plans to shut down the capital next week.

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Thailand's crown prince to fly abroad, return next month: sources

BANGKOK Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will fly overseas on Friday night and return home next month, three senior military sources with knowledge of the matter said, two weeks after the death of his father, the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thailand 6:22am EDT

Myanmar probes Rohingya Muslim's death in custody during military operation

YANGON Myanmar is investigating the death in custody of a 60-year-old Rohingya Muslim, the office of President Htin Kyaw said, as a security sweep in the country's northwest is increasingly beset by allegations of human rights abuses.

Myanmar 5:40am EDT

Dutch far right's Geert Wilders: I will boycott "political" trial

AMSTERDAM Geert Wilders, the Dutch anti-Islam opposition leader, said on Friday that he refuses to attend his trial next week and that he sees it as politically motivated.

5:06am 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.

Myanmar, United Nations 5:26am EDT

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