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U.S.-Led Coalition Envoy Visits Syria To Discuss Raqqa Aftermath

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Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State visited north Syria on Wednesday and met the council planning to run Raqqa after its capture from the jihadists to assure it of support, one of its members said.

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Iraqi Military Says It Has Retaken Two Mosul Neighborhoods From Islamic State

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Iraq's military said on Wednesday it had retaken two more neighborhoods from Islamic State in Mosul's Old City, bringing it closer to total control of the city.

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Philippines Says Beheaded Civilians Found In Rebel-Held Town

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Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel "atrocities" could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.

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'Last Chance' Cyprus Peace Talks Open In Swiss Alps

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Rival Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders began talks on Wednesday aimed at reuniting the divided island after more than 40 years, needing to overcome prickly issues in what some fear could be the last chance for a settlement.

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North Korea Calls For Execution Of Ex-South Korea Leader Over 'Assassination' Plot

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North Korea said on Wednesday it has issued a standing order for the execution of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her spy chief for a plot to assassinate its leader, and it demanded that the South hand the pair over.

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Yes He Can: 'Clever Boy' Obama Returns To Indonesia For Family Vacation

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From white water rafting in Bali to visiting temples on Java, former U.S. President Barack Obama's private family holiday is being closely tracked in Indonesia where he spent four years as a child.

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China Passes Tough New Intelligence Law

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China's legislature passed a new intelligence law on Tuesday after an unusually brief round of discussions, a draft of which gave new powers to monitor suspects, raid premises and seize vehicles and devices.

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Helicopter Attacks Venezuela Court, Maduro Denounces Coup Bid

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A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry on Tuesday, escalating the OPEC nation's political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by "terrorists" seeking a coup.

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Zimbabwean Activist Pastor Charged Over Illegal Protest

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A Zimbabwean pastor at the heart of a protest movement against President Robert Mugabe last year is set to appear in court on Wednesday after he was arrested for addressing students demonstrating over fees, his lawyer said.

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Syrian Observatory Says 30 Killed In East Syria Air Strike

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an air strike early on Wednesday killed at least 30 civilians and injured dozens more in a village held by Islamic State in eastern Syria.

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