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Islamic State holds up Iraqi army south of Mosul

QAYYARA/BAGHDAD, Iraq Islamic State fighters on Wednesday kept up their fierce defense of the southern approaches to Mosul which has held up Iraqi troops on the southern front and forced an elite army unit east of the city to put its more rapid advance on hold.

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Venezuela opposition protests Maduro 'dictatorship'

CARACAS Opposition supporters headed to rallies around Venezuela on Wednesday against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro, whom they accuse of turning into a dictator by preventing a plebiscite to remove him. | Video

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Dozens of civilians abducted and killed in Afghanistan

HERAT, Afghanistan Gunmen in the remote central-western Afghan province of Ghor rounded up dozens of civilians and executed them on Wednesday in an attack that officials blamed on Islamic State fighters retaliating for the death of one of their commanders.

Afghanistan 8:52am EDT

Swiss cabinet seeks compromise approach to EU immigration curbs

ZURICH The Swiss government opposes a referendum campaign that would overturn a 2014 vote to impose quotas on immigration from the European Union, it said on Wednesday, suggesting instead a compromise approach whose details will emerge only next year.

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South African police fire stun grenades to disperse student protesters

CAPE TOWN South African police fired stun grenades, water canon and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse students protesting outside parliament over the cost of university tuition fees, a Reuters witness said.

Africa 9:06am EDT

British banker calmly details how he slit throats of two women in Hong Kong

HONG KONG British banker Rurik Jutting calmly detailed to police his cocaine-fueled descent into a torture and killing binge that ended in the deaths of two Indonesian women in his luxury Hong Kong apartment, according to videos shown in court on Wednesday.

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