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Inside Mosul, a huge blast, then screams, dust and horror

MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD Crouching in his Mosul home, Abu Ayman suddenly felt the ground rock as if struck by an earthquake when a massive explosion tore through his street, filling the room with dust and shattered glass. Then came the screams and cries from next door.

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U.N. rights experts call on Russia to release protesters

GENEVA United Nations human rights experts called on Russia on Wednesday to release peaceful protesters arrested across the country at the weekend and to annul any sentences already handed down.

Russia, United Nations 1:40pm EDT

Nearly 150 migrants feared dead after boat sinks, sole survivor says

ROME A rubber boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean and the presumed sole survivor - a 16-year-old Gambian boy - told rescuers he believed all other passengers drowned, the International Migration Organization (IOM) said on Wednesday.

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Israel says to cut another $2 million from its U.N. contribution

JERUSALEM Israel said on Wednesday it would cut a further $2 million from its already reduced contribution this year to the United Nations in protest at resolutions taken against it at the world body's various forums.

United Nations, Israel 4:54pm EDT

Rattled by Trump, Arab leaders renew call for Palestinian state

DEAD SEA, Jordan/AMMAN After weeks of heightened unease over the stance of the United States under the new administration of President Donald Trump, Arab leaders reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to a two-state solution to the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Amnesty says UAE sentences dissident professor to 10 years

DUBAI Rights group Amnesty International said a court in the United Arab Emirates had sentenced a dissident professor to 10 years in prison for online activism on Wednesday, calling the move a violation of free speech.

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