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Kurds attack IS-held town as Mosul battle rages

Kurds attack IS-held town as Mosul battle rages

 Kurdish forces launched a major assault Thursday on a town held by the Islamic State group near Mosul, opening a new front in the offensive to wrest back the jihadists' last Iraqi bastion.




At least 60 killed as fighting surges in South Sudan UN warns of increasing violence as tensions rise in South Sudan Amnesty accuses Sudan of deadly Darfur chemical attacks Gabon president Bongo sworn in after disputed poll Over 100 killed in two-day violence: DR Congo opposition World leaders rage against neighbors on 2nd day of UN debate

Middle East

Kurds attack IS-held town as Mosul battle rages Sporadic fighting strains fragile Yemen truce Iraq forces advance on IS stronghold of Mosul Britain and U.S. consider extra sanctions against Assad and his supporters Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO after Jerusalem vote 12 Egypt soldiers killed in Sinai attack


Thousands take part in anti-government protest in Hungary Putin accuses France of playing tricks with Syria resolution Ruling party wins Georgia vote, opposition alleges fraud Poland's parliament rejects plans for near-total abortion ban Void vote on migrants deals blow to Hungary's anti-EU revolt 'Blood diamond' suspect dies in Belgian prison

Asia - Pacific

Floods kill 21 people in Vietnam, next storm due soon Thailand's King Bhumibol, world's longest reigning monarch, dies at 88 Powerful typhoon Chaba barrels toward Japan Philippines' Duterte likens himself to Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug users World leaders rage against neighbors on 2nd day of UN debate North Korea flooding kills 133, displaces 107,000: U.N.

US & Canada

Trump says he may not accept election result, in challenge to U.S. democracy US songwriter Bob Dylan wins Nobel Literature Prize Women accuse Donald Trump of touching them inappropriately

Latin America & Caribbean

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize Hurricane Matthew leaves at least 108 dead in Haiti Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti and Cuba, takes aim at Bahamas, U.S.

South Asia

Afghan city of Kunduz under Taliban attack Pakistan bans Bollywood films as Kashmir tensions rise Pakistan fury after India launches Kashmir strikes

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Police, protesters clash in Turkey over newspaper seizure

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Kosovo MPs stage new tear gas protest in parliament

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