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US congratulates Iraq on end of war against IS

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Baghdad, Dec 9 (AP) -The United States is congratulating Iraq following the prime minister's announcement that the war against the Islamic State is over.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the U.S. offers "sincere congratulations to the Iraqi people and to the brave Iraqi Security Forces, many of whom lost their lives heroically fighting ISIS," in an official statement released Saturday.
The statement adds "the United States joins the Government of Iraq in stressing that Iraq's...
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Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor

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Luxor, Dec 9 (AP) - Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country's efforts to revive its ailing tourism sec-tor.
The tombs, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery...
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Israeli strikes kill 2 Hamas men after Gaza rocket attack

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Gaza City, Dec 09 (AP) - Gaza officials say two Hamas members have been killed in Israeli airstrikes following a rocket attack on Israel.
The Israeli military says it targeted four Hamas facilities early Saturday in response to rockets fired the previous day, including one that landed in the town...
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UN approves Mali peacekeepers helping new Sahel force

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United Nations, Dec 9 (AP) - The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday that will enable the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali to provide support to the new 5,000-troop African force that is charged with fighting extremists in western Africa's vast Sahel region.
The...
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CNN corrects report about Trump campaign and Wikileaks tip

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New York, Dec 9 (AP) - CNN had to correct a story on Friday that suggested the Trump campaign had been tipped off early about Wikileaks documents damaging to Hillary Clinton when it later learned the alert was about material already publicly available.
The new information, CNN noted, "indicates...
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