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Islamic State steps up counter-attacks as Mosul offensive enters second week

BAGHDAD/BARTELLA, Iraq Islamic State expanded its attacks on Monday against Iraqi army and Kurdish forces to relieve pressure on its militants confronting an offensive on Mosul, its last major urban stronghold in the country. | Video

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Germany says 35 Turkish diplomats applied for asylum

BERLIN The German Interior Ministry said on Monday that 35 Turkish citizens with diplomatic passports had applied for asylum after a failed military coup in Turkey in July that was followed by a crackdown on suspected supporters of the putsch.

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Brazil plans to waive visas for visitors from U.S., Japan

BRASILIA Brazil's government is considering waiving visas for visitors from the United States, Japan, Canada and Australia to boost tourism, and could eventually extend the plan to include China, a tourism ministry spokesman said on Monday.

China, Australia, Brazil, Japan 8:28am EDT

Chinese vice foreign minister visits North Korean capital

SEOUL Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin arrived in North Korea on Monday, North Korean state media reported, in the first visit by a high-ranking Chinese official since February, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency.

United Nations, Japan 7:23am EDT

Plane on French anti-smuggling mission crashes in Malta

VALLETTA A light aircraft conducting a French surveillance mission over the Mediterranean crashed on take-off in Malta on Monday, killing all five people on board, Maltese authorities said. | Video

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Gunfire, protests erupt in Central African Republic capital

BANGUI U.N. peacekeepers and armed men exchanged fire on Monday in Central African Republic's capital Bangui, the United Nations said, while hundreds of protesters gathered to call for the mission's departure.

United Nations, Africa 8:03am EDT

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