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Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and their allies regained control Saturday of a predominantly Christian central town that sleeper cells of the Islamic State group captured late last month. The government-run Syrian Central Military Media said "the ...

Foreigners who joined IS faced almost certain death in Raqqa

By LORI HINNANT and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield. As they made their last ...

Shock as Zimbabwe’s Mugabe named WHO ‘goodwill ambassador’

GENEVA (AP) — Shock and condemnation continued Saturday after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was named a "goodwill ambassador" for the World Health Organization by the agency's first African leader. The 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, has long been criticized at home ...

Somalia’s death toll now at 358 as ‘state of war’ planned

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The death toll in Somalia's deadliest attack has risen to 358 while dozens remain missing. Somalia's president was expected to announce a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the bombing, the prime minister ...

Pakistan: 7 bodies recovered from collapsed mine

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Rescue workers recovered the bodies of seven mine workers who were buried under a landslide in the country's southwest, officials said Saturday. Habibur Rehman, a government administrator, said rescue workers were searching for the remaining two workers in the Shrag ...

Polish man confesses to deadly knife attack, prosecutor says

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prosecutor says a man who stabbed people at a shopping mall in Poland, killing one and injuring nine, has confessed and faces charges of homicide and attempted homicide. The 27-year-old wielding two knives attacked people at the VIVO! mall Friday afternoon in the ...

Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria

RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition. Footage from Thursday shows the bombed-out ...

Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border

BALINT SZLANKO and PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces exchanged fire at their shared border on Friday, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq. Iraqi forces shelled Kurdish military ...

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

By KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria ...

US-backed Syrian force declares victory over IS in Raqqa

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after a four-month battle that left ...