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Iraqi special forces join battle for Mosul, US soldier dies

Oct 21 2016 - 12:05am || Comments

BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — In a significant escalation of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city, and the U.S. military announced the first American combat death since the operation began.

  • | Posted: Jul 26 2016 - 12:05am

    ANSBACH, Germany — A Syrian man who tried unsuccessfully to claim asylum in Germany pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and vowed the nation’s people “won’t be able to sleep peacefully anymore” in a cellphone video before blowing himself up outside a wine bar, wounding 15 people, authorities said Monday.

  • | Posted: Jul 26 2016 - 12:05am

    BANGKOK — Election officials in northern Thailand think they can buy off a gang of monkey vandals with fresh fruit and vegetables, after about 100 macaques tore up voter lists publicly posted ahead of next month’s referendum on a proposed constitution.

  • | Posted: Jul 26 2016 - 12:05am

    SAGAMIHARA, Japan — At least 19 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack at a facility for the handicapped in a city just outside Tokyo in the worst mass killing in generations in Japan.

  • | Posted: Jul 25 2016 - 12:05am

    BEIJING (AP) — Global finance officials promised Sunday to protect the world economy from the shockwaves of Britain’s European Union referendum and to boost sluggish growth.

  • | Posted: Jul 24 2016 - 12:05am

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 200, marking the first time the extremists have struck Kabul and raising fears of their growing strength and capability in Afghanistan.

  • | Posted: Jul 24 2016 - 12:05am

    VIENTIANE, Laos — For 49 years, the unity of Southeast Asia’s main grouping has hinged on its founding principle: decisions by consensus. But that cardinal rule is now proving to be the biggest headache for its members, who began important meetings this weekend deeply divided on how to deal with China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea.

  • | Posted: Jul 22 2016 - 12:06am

    CANBERRA, Australia — The oceanographer whose calculations helped an American adventurer find potential debris from Flight 370 said Thursday the Malaysia Airlines jetliner could have crashed slightly north of the current search area.

  • | Posted: Jul 20 2016 - 12:05am

    WUERZBURG, Germany — A 17-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker vowing “revenge on these infidels” went on an ax-and-knife rampage on a train in southern Germany, wounding five people before being shot and killed by police — an attack that German authorities conceded Tuesday was almost impossible to prevent.

  • | Posted: Jul 19 2016 - 12:05am

    TOKYO — What’s helping turn Japanese youngsters into stars on Vine, the Twitter-owned social network devoted to looping, six-second video clips, is the stodginess of this nation’s business world.

  • | Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    BORMI, Bangladesh (AP) — Answering nature’s call was once a nightmare for Rashida Begum, who had to creep around the jungle for a suitably private spot. Her home had no toilet, like the thousands of others in her crowded cluster of farming villages outside the capital.

  • | Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    NICE, France (AP) — France’s interior minister boosted security measures across the country late Saturday, calling upon thousands of reservists to help after facing severe criticism for alleged police and security failures in the deadly Bastille Day truck attack in Nice.

  • | Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, who recently stirred controversy by posting pictures of herself with a prominent Muslim cleric, was strangled to death by her brother, police said Saturday.

  • | Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    ANKARA, Turkey — Rather than toppling Turkey’s strongman president, a failed military coup that left more than 250 dead appears to have bolstered Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s immediate grip on power and boosted his popularity.

  • | Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    LUXEMBOURG — The Obama administration would entertain an extradition request for the U.S.-based cleric that Turkey’s president is blaming for a failed coup attempt, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

  • | Posted: Jul 15 2016 - 12:05am

    NICE, France — A truck loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove onto a sidewalk for more than a mile, plowing through Bastille Day revelers who’d gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city of Nice late Thursday. At least 80 people were killed before police killed the driver, authorities said.