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Syrian army, allies advance against Islamic State east of Raqqa

BEIRUT Syrian government forces and their allies have recaptured territory from Islamic State in countryside southeast of its stronghold Raqqa after air strikes in the area, a pro-Damascus military media unit and war monitors reported.

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Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation

DUBAI Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington.

Iraq 8:26am EDT

Top Merkel aide says Turkey's conduct 'unacceptable'

BERLIN Turkey's behavior is "unacceptable" and Germany has a duty to protect its citizens and companies but also wants to maintain strong ties with Ankara, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Sunday.

Germany, Turkey 9:28am EDT

Mali confirms arrest of key jihadist near Timbuktu

BAMAKO Malian and French troops have arrested a close associate of a preacher whose jihadist group has claimed dozens of attacks against Western and Malian targets, Mali's security minister said on Sunday.

United Nations, Africa, Mali 9:23am EDT

Headstrong Renzi struggles to find political touch as Italian vote nears

ROME Matteo Renzi is struggling to regain the political initiative after a disastrous spell during which he lost his job as prime minister and his party fractured.

Italy 7:54am EDT

Japanese PM Abe's support slides again before parliament appearance

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support slid 10 points to 26 percent in a poll published on Sunday, a day before Abe will be grilled in parliament over a suspected scandal that is cutting his ratings to the lowest since taking office in 2012.

Japan 8:03am EDT

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