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By Khaled al-Ramahi and Maher Chmaytelli | MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque at the heart of Islamic State’s de facto capital Mosul, and the prime minister declared the group’s self-styled caliphate at an end. Iraqi authorities expect the long battle
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SYDNEY Australian police said on Thursday they have charged the Vatican’s treasurer, Australian Cardinal George Pell, with multiple sexual assault offences. “Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences,” Victoria state police deputy commissioner Shane Patton told a news conference in Melbourne. “There are multiple complainants relating to those charges,” he
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By Andrew Cawthorne and Brian Ellsworth | CARACAS CARACAS The Venezuelan government hunted on Wednesday for a rogue policemen who attacked key installations by helicopter, but critics of President Nicolas Maduro suspected the raid may have been manipulated to justify repression. In extraordinary scenes over Caracas around sunset on Tuesday, the stolen helicopter fired shots
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WASHINGTON Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that there would be no negotiations over demands by the kingdom and other Arab states for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism. Asked by reporters on a visit to Washington if the demands were non-negotiable, Jubeir said: “Yes.” “We made our point, we took our steps and
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By Brad Brooks and Ricardo Brito | BRASILIA BRASILIA Brazil’s top federal prosecutor charged President Michel Temer with taking multimillion-dollar bribes on Monday in a stinging blow to the unpopular leader and to political stability in Latin America’s largest country. Rodrigo Janot submitted the charge in a document presented to the Supreme Court, saying “he
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MEXICO CITY Mexico’s attorney general said on Monday it will request help from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate accusations the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto spied on private citizens. Activists, human rights lawyers and journalists in Mexico filed a criminal complaint alleging their smartphones had been infected with spying software
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By Estelle Shirbon and William James | LONDON LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Sunday for a stronger response to Islamist extremism after three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48. London’s Metropolitan Police arrested 12 people in the Barking district
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By Greg Torode and Raju Gopalakrishnan | SINGAPORE SINGAPORE Several Asian nations are seeking to bolster informal alliances among themselves, regional diplomats and officials said, unsettled by growing fears that the United States could not be relied on to maintain a buffer against China’s assertiveness. Countries including Australia, Japan, India and Vietnam are quietly stepping
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AL-HOCEIMA, Morocco Moroccan authorities stifled a women’s protest against official abuses and corruption on Saturday in a northern town where months of unrest has tested the North African kingdom. The protest in the town of Al-Hoceima was organized by the “Hirak” movement, which is campaigning for jobs, infrastructure and other demands in the northern Rif
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