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Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate. | Video

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OAS chief Almagro offers to resign 'for freedom in Venezuela'

CARACAS Organization of American States President Luis Almagro offered on Saturday to resign if Venezuela holds free elections and enacts reforms to protect democracy in the troubled South American nation.

5:09pm EDT

Syria says Israel strike kills civilians

BEURUT Israel said on Saturday it had targeted Syrian military installations after shells landed in the occupied Golan Heights but a Syrian military source said the Israeli strikes killed some civilians. 

Syria, Israel 4:47pm EDT

Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stability

AIN ISSA, Syria A civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the Syrian city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group's low-ranking militants on Saturday, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability.

Syria 10:33am EDT

China, U.S. agree on aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization

BEIJING China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.

China 11:56am EDT

Labour's Corbyn puts politics center stage at Glastonbury Festival

GLASTONBURY, England British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn got a rock star reception at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, telling a headliner-sized crowd that millions of young people who voted for him would not be silenced or sidelined.

Entertainment, Music 3:48pm EDT

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