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U.S. Says Its Warning Appears To Have Averted Syrian Chemical Attack

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad appeared so far to have heeded a warning this week from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons attack.

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Australian Police Charge Vatican Cardinal With Sex Offenses

SYDNEY — Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.

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U.N. Rights Boss Urges All Sides To Spare Civilians In Raqqa

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At least 173 civilians have been killed in air and ground operations against Islamic State this month in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday, calling it a conservative figure.

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New Computer Virus Spreads From Ukraine To Disrupt World Business

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A cyber attack wreaked havoc around the globe on Wednesday, crippling thousands of computers, disrupting operations at ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting production at a chocolate factory in Australia.

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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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