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Iraqi army aims to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq. | Video

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Iraqi villagers celebrate freedom from Islamic State, but still haunted by terror

FADILIYA, Iraq When Kurdish fighters cleared Islamic State from the northern Iraqi village of Fadiliya, some residents celebrated by passing around cigarettes - an act that would have earned them a public whipping under the group's reign of terror.

Iraq 2:25pm EDT

Colombia delays peace talks with ELN rebels until captive freed

BOGOTA Colombia is delaying peace talks with Marxist ELN rebels until they free a politician held captive for six months, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday, as he struggles to salvage a peace deal with FARC guerrillas that was rejected in a plebiscite.

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Sunny French village takes in migrants from gloomy 'Jungle' camp

CHAMPTERCIER, France Champtercier, a tiny hillside village in sunblessed southeastern France, was joined early on Thursday by dozens of migrants who fled their homes with a dream - now more remote - of reaching Britain.

France, Arts 2:47pm EDT

Struggling Indian savers threaten Modi's growth ambition

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI For India's dream of taking the baton of global growth from China, its savings rate is flashing a warning sign.

China 7:09pm EDT

Turkish, Syrian men extradited to U.S. to face drug charges

U.S. prosecutors on Thursday said two men from Syria and Turkey have been extradited to face criminal charges that they tried to sell military-grade weapons to purported Mexican drug traffickers to help them ship cocaine to the United States.

Mexico, Turkey, Syria 6:30pm EDT

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