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Judge halts newest Trump travel ban, saying it has same woes

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Honolulu, Oct 18 (AP) - A federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban Tuesday, just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the revised order "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor."
It was the third set of travel restrictions issued by the president to be thwarted, in whole or in part, by the courts.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the ruling after the ban on a set of mostly Muslim countries was chal-lenged by the...
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After losing Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of Sinjar

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Kirkuk, Oct 17 (AP) - Kurdish forces lost more territory in Iraq on Tuesday, withdrawing from the town of Sin-jar a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed city of Kirkuk.
Meanwhile, thousands of civilians were seen streaming back to Kirkuk, driving along a main highway to the...
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In Syria's Raqqa, IS makes last stand at city's stadium

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Beirut, Oct 17 (AP) - U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces battling the Islamic State group in Syria captured the city hospital in Raqqa on Tuesday, leaving IS militants holed up at the local stadium, their last stand in the fight over what was once the extremists' de facto capital.
The hospital was...
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US, Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N Korea

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Tokyo, Oct 17 (AP) - U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy failed.
U.S. Undersecretary of State John Sullivan, after meeting his Japanese...
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Border gunbattles leave 11 dead in northern Mexico

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Ciudad Victoria, Oct 17 (AP) - A running series of gunbattles caused at least 11 people deaths in the northern Mexico border state of Tamauilpas, authorities said Monday.
Officials said the shootouts in the border city of Reynosa and the nearby town of Rio Bravo started late Sunday. Gunmen...
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