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China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world.

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Iraqi forces take control of Kurdish-held areas in Mosul's Niveveh's province

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces have taken control of areas previously held by Kurdish forces in Mosul's Nineveh province in northern Iraq, a military statement said on Wednesday.

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Spain asks Catalan leader to "act sensibly" as direct rule deadline approaches

MADRID Spain appealed to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to "act sensibly" on Wednesday, just 24 hours before a government deadline for the region to renounce a bid for independence. | Video

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From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

BEIRUT Iran's military chief discussed ways to deepen cooperation with the Syrian military during a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, pledging to fight Israel and Sunni insurgents, Syrian state media said.

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Qatar emir says open to dialogue to resolve Gulf crisis

BOGOR, Indonesia Qatar is "open to dialogue" in resolving a dispute that has seen the Gulf state isolated from its Arab neighbors, its emir said during a visit to Indonesia on Wednesday.

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Smugglers offer new routes to Europe for jobless Tunisians

OFF THE TUNISIAN COAST Tunisian smugglers are offering migrants seeking a fresh start in Europe a new route from Africa to Italy.

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