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Iraq declares end of caliphate after capture of Mosul mosque

MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque at the heart of Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul, and the prime minister declared the group's self-styled caliphate at an end. | Video

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China's Xi tells Hong Kong he seeks 'far-reaching future' for its autonomy

HONG KONG Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday China would work to ensure a "far-reaching future" for Hong Kong's autonomy, but he faces a divided city with protesters angered by Beijing's perceived interference as it marks 20 years of Chinese rule.

China 9:16am EDT

Allies of slain Putin critic Nemtsov allege cover-up after guilty verdict

MOSCOW A court convicted five men of murdering Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on Thursday, but the late politician's allies said the investigation had been a cover-up and that the people who had ordered his killing remained at large.

Russia 11:39am EDT

Far-left French lawmakers to boycott key speech by 'Pharaoh-like' Macron

PARIS French far-left lawmakers said on Thursday they would boycott President Emmanuel Macron's speech to both houses of parliament in the majestic palace of Versailles next Monday, accusing him of acting like a Pharaoh.

10:46am EDT

British PM faces vote test in parliament over government plan

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a test of her authority on Thursday when parliament votes on her policy program, watered down after an election setback and growing pressure over her Brexit and austerity plans.

9:27am EDT

Pope's close aide charged, bringing sex abuse scandal to Vatican

VATICAN CITY/SYDNEY A top adviser to Pope Francis was charged with multiple historical sex crimes in his native Australia on Thursday, bringing a worldwide abuse scandal to the heart of the Vatican.

Australia, Pope 11:18am EDT

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