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Turkey vows vengeance after Kurdish militants blamed for attack that killed 38

ISTANBUL Turkey on Sunday vowed vengeance against Kurdish militants it said were likely behind twin bombings that killed 38 people and wounded 155 in what appeared to be a coordinated attack on police outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul. | Video

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U.S. Defense Secretary Carter in Iraq for talks on Mosul

BAGHDAD U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad on Sunday for talks with Iraqi leaders on the U.S.-backed military campaign against Islamic State militants in Mosul, the Pentagon said.

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Iraqi Christians confront painful memories in town's clean-up

QARAQOSH, Iraq For decades, the Immaculate Conception Church in Qaraqosh was the heart of Iraq's largest Christian town. After two years under Islamic State rule, it lies scarred and desecrated.

Iraq 6:45am EST

After Aleppo, Syria's Assad still far from regaining his state

BEIRUT When President Bashar al-Assad turns from the wreckage of Aleppo to assert his authority across a fractured Syria, it will be as a figure who is virtually unassailable by rebels, but still faces great challenges in restoring the power of his state.

Syria 4:54am EST

Russian air strikes force Islamic State retreat in Syria's Palmyra: monitor

AMMAN Russian air strikes forced Islamic State fighters to retreat to the outskirts of Palmyra on Sunday, a day after they had stormed the ancient city in eastern Syria, a war monitor said. | Video

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North Korea's Kim guides special operations drill targeting South

SEOUL North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guided a special operations drill targeting the South, the North's media reported on Sunday, as rival South Korea remained on alert for any attempt by the North to take advantage of political turmoil in the South.

South Korea, North Korea 12:59am EST

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