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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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Nearly 100 killed, hundreds hurt as quake strikes Indonesia's Aceh

PIDIE JAYA, Indonesia Nearly 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in Indonesia on Wednesday when a strong earthquake hit its Aceh province and rescuers used earth movers and bare hands to search for survivors in scores of toppled buildings. | Video

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China calls Iowa's Branstad 'old friend' after report he picked as ambassador

BEIJING/SHANGHAI China said on Wednesday the governor of the U.S. state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, was an "old friend" after a report that he had accepted an offer from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to become the next U.S. ambassador to China.

Armed groups take control of Libyan town near oil ports: officials

BENGHAZI, Libya Armed groups took control on Wednesday of the Libyan town of Ben Jawad, close to some of Libya's major oil ports, as forces loyal to the eastern government, that seized the coastal terminals in September, defended them from the air, officials said.

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Brazil Supreme Court deal might keep Senate head in place: report

BRASILIA Brazil's Supreme Court is seeking an agreement to resolve a constitutional crisis that would let the indicted head of the Senate keep his post if he agrees to step out of the presidential line of succession, major newspapers reported on Wednesday.

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British parliament set to back PM May's Brexit timetable

LONDON The British parliament was set to back Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit timetable on Wednesday after she headed off a rebellion in her Conservative Party over a lack of insight into the government's strategy to leave the European Union.

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