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By SUSANNAH GEORGE and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press

Feb 22 2017 - 12:05am || Comments

ABU SAIF, Iraq — Iraqi troops worked to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking Mosul’s international airport and a nearby military base on Tuesday, fearing the Islamic State group, which still holds both facilities, may launch another wave of nighttime counterattacks.

  • | Posted: Dec 8 2016 - 12:05am

    MEUREUDU, Indonesia — Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh took refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after a strong earthquake Wednesday killed nearly 100 people and destroyed dozens of buildings.

  • | Posted: Dec 7 2016 - 12:05am

    MOSUL, Iraq — The Iraqi army on Tuesday pushed into another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group on the southeastern edge of Mosul, according to a military statement and Iraqi commanders on the ground.

  • | Posted: Dec 6 2016 - 12:05am

    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Anyone who finds a piece of debris from a Malaysia Airlines plane that is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean in 2014 could receive a financial reward, relatives of those who were on the plane said Monday in Madagascar.

  • | Posted: Dec 6 2016 - 12:05am

    ALEPPO, Syria — Rebel shelling killed two Russian nurses and eight civilians Monday in Aleppo, and a Russian fighter jet crashed as it was returning to an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean after a sortie over Syria, but the pilot ejected safely, Moscow officials said.

  • | Posted: Dec 6 2016 - 12:05am

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Another crisis looms in an already shook-up European Union. Italian voters rocked Europe’s boat more this weekend than Austrian voters were able to steady it. With its shaky banks and massive economy, Italy is now in the throes of energized populists who are no friends of EU leaders in Brussels.

  • | Posted: Dec 4 2016 - 12:05am

    SEOUL, South Korea — Rallying for the sixth straight weekend in what has become perhaps South Korea’s biggest protest movement ever, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Seoul got the closest yet Saturday to the president they desperately want removed.

  • | Posted: Dec 4 2016 - 12:05am

    CHAPECO, Brazil — On a rainy Saturday that only accentuated the grief, 20,000 people filled a tiny stadium under umbrellas and plastic ponchos to say goodbye to members of the Chapecoense soccer club who died in a plane crash.

  • | Posted: Dec 3 2016 - 12:05am

    RIO NEGRO, Colombia — Victims of this week’s tragic air crash in the Andes were flown home Friday as Bolivia’s president called for “drastic measures” against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline’s executives said should never have been attempted because of a possible fuel shortage.

  • | Posted: Nov 30 2016 - 12:05am

    HAJ ALI, Iraq — Iraqi forces assaulted Islamic State-controlled villages throughout dusty fields south of Mosul on Tuesday, where suicide car bombers and snipers caused some two dozen casualties in a blatant reminder that militants still hold ground far from the main battlefield.

  • | Posted: Nov 29 2016 - 12:05am

    BAGHDAD — When Iraq’s top generals finalized the plan to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, they gave themselves six months to finish the job.

  • | Posted: Nov 29 2016 - 12:05am

    TOKYO — An amusement park in western Japan sparked an uproar after it displayed about 5,000 dead fish in the ice at a skating rink, forcing the park to close the attraction.

  • | Posted: Nov 27 2016 - 12:05am

    BEIJING — Chinese authorities detained 13 people over the collapse of scaffolding at a power plant construction site that killed 74 workers, as a preliminary investigation zeroed in on how the building company had rushed the job.

  • | Posted: Nov 27 2016 - 12:05am

    HAVANA — Music fell silent, weddings were canceled and people wept in the streets Saturday as Cubans faced their first day without the leader who steered their island to both greater social equality and years of economic ruin.

  • | Posted: Nov 27 2016 - 12:05am

    HAGATNA, Guam — The new leader of the Catholic church in Guam will meet with his brother priests as his first order of business on Monday as he attempts to heal this U.S. territory rocked by allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy, even the current archbishop.

  • | Posted: Nov 27 2016 - 12:05am

    HAVANA — Fidel Castro, who led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century of rule in Cuba, has died at age 90.