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Philippines says death toll in rebel-held town could rise 'significantly'

MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines The Philippine military said on Wednesday it was likely that large numbers of civilians had been killed during the five-week occupation of a southern town by Islamist rebels, due to "atrocities" by the militants allied with Islamic State.

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Turkey returns fire on Kurdish YPG in Syria's Afrin: broadcaster

ISTANBUL Turkey's military returned fire against members of the Kurdish YPG militia near Syria's Afrin region overnight, broadcaster Haberturk reported early on Wednesday, citing military sources.

Turkey, Syria 1:37am EDT

Iraqi forces seize more ground in Mosul from Islamic State, PM sees victory soon

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul's Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State's de-facto capital, and Iraq's prime minister predicted victory very soon. | Video

Iraq Jun 27 2017

Thailand seeks U.S. cooperation following trafficking report

BANGKOK Thailand on Wednesday defended its efforts to stop human trafficking after the United States kept it on a trafficking watch list and urged U.S. officials to visit the country and see first hand its efforts.

Thailand 1:21am EDT

Merkel's conservatives at highest support since September 2015: poll

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives expanded their support to 40 percent - the highest level since September 2015 - in a poll conducted by the Forsa institute for Germany's Stern magazine and broadcaster RTL.

Germany 1:02am EDT

Nepal votes in second round of crucial local election

KATHMANDU Nepalis began voting in the second round of local elections on Wednesday, a key step towards holding a general election later this year that would complete a near decade-long democratic transition after the abolition of its monarchy.

1:14am EDT

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