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Iraqi army tries to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq.

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Russia's Putin says attempts to get Syria deal with Obama thwarted

KRASNAYA POLYANA Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that his attempts to reach an agreement with U.S. President Barack Obama on ending the bloodshed in Syria had not worked out.

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Turkey-Kurdish rivalry complicates push against Islamic State in Syria's Raqqa

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL Fighting between Turkey and Kurdish militias in northern Syria is complicating plans to drive their mutual enemy Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa, an operation U.S. officials have said may start within weeks.

Syria, Turkey 9:30am EDT

Venezuela protests against Maduro escalate, dozens injured

CARACAS Venezuela's increasingly militant opposition stepped up its push to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday with protests that drew hundreds of thousands but also saw unrest leading to dozens of injuries and arrests. | Video

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Gunmen who killed Saudi security officers linked to other attacks: government

DOHA Gunmen who shot dead two security officers in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Dammam on Tuesday were connected to previous militant attacks in the region, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia 11:05am EDT

Yazidi women win EU Parliament's Sakharov Prize

BRUSSELS The European Parliament awarded its Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought on Thursday to two Iraqi Yazidi women who were held as sex slaves by Islamic State militants and now campaign for human rights.

Iraq 9:45am EDT

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