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Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists

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Baghdad, Aug 19 (AP) - Senior U.S. military leaders said Friday that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul.
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said he sees the Iraqi assault on the IS-held area of Tal Afar "unfolding relatively soon." The upcoming fight follows weeks of Iraq regrouping troops and repairing equipment and weapons after...
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Pro-govt assembly in Venezuela takes congress’ powers

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Caracas, Aug 19 (AP) - Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly took over the powers of the opposition-led congress Friday, dramatically escalating a standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his political foes.
The move triggered further international condemnation from the dozens...
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China tells US, North Korea to ‘hit the brakes’ on threats

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China is telling the U.S. and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on threatening words and actions and work toward a peaceful resolution of their dispute, in a sign of growing concern over the standoff on the part of Pyongyang's only major ally.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone conversation...
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Iranian president threatens to revitalize nuclear program

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Tehran, Aug 16 (AP) - Iran's president warned Tuesday that it could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more advanced level if the U.S. continues "threats and sanctions" against his country, which signed a landmark nuclear accord with world powers in 2015.
Hassan Rouhani's remarks...
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Business leaders quit Trump panel

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped into business leaders who resigned from his White House jobs panel - the latest sign that corporate America's romance with Trump is faltering - after his equivocal response to violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"They're not taking...
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