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How Iran closed the Mosul 'horseshoe' and changed Iraq war

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq In the early days of the assault on Islamic State in Mosul, Iran successfully pressed Iraq to change its battle plan and seal off the city, an intervention which has since shaped the tortuous course of the conflict, sources briefed on the plan say.

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Homicides in El Salvador fall 18.5 percent through November 2016

SAN SALVADOR Homicides in El Salvador fell 18.5 percent in the first 11 months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, officials said on Wednesday, partly attributing the drop to the implementation of new security plans in the penitentiary system.

United Nations 4:27pm EST

Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say

BAGHDAD Air strikes killed dozens of people, including many women and children, in an Islamic State-held town near Iraq's western border with Syria on Wednesday, two parliamentarians and local hospital sources said.

Syria, Iraq 2:57pm EST

Brazil Supreme Court judge votes to keep Senate head in job

BRASILIA The longest-serving member of Brazil's Supreme Court, Justice Celso de Mello, voted on Wednesday to overrule an injunction ordering the head of the Senate to step down following an embezzlement indictment.

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U.S. urges Yemen to accept U.N.-drafted roadmap for peace talks

WASHINGTON The United States expressed disappointment on Wednesday at the Yemeni government's reaction to a U.N.-drafted roadmap to end the country's civil war and urged it to accept the proposal as a basis to begin negotiations on a peace agreement.

Yemen 2:48pm EST

Rome, Cairo prosecutors meet in Regeni case, but no breakthrough

ROME Egyptian prosecutors investigating the murder of student Giulio Regeni gave their Italian counterparts a pile of new documents on Wednesday, but there has been no breakthrough in the case, a judicial source said.

Italy, Egypt 2:31pm EST

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