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Islamic State holds up Iraqi army south of Mosul

QAYYARA/BAGHDAD, Iraq — Islamic State fighters kept up on Wednesday their fierce defense of the southern approaches to Mosul, which has held up Iraqi troops there and forced an elite army unit east of the city to put a more rapid advance on hold.

Strong earthquakes hit central Italy; no deaths reported

ROME — A series of strong earthquakes rocked a wide area of central Italy on Wednesday, striking fear among residents rattled by a deadly tremor in August, but there were no reports of casualties and few serious injuries.

U.S. abstains for first time on U.N. call for end to Cuba embargo

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time from a United Nations General Assembly vote on a resolution calling for an end to a U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, after opposing such measures every year for 24 years.

Iraqi army’s elite force pauses advance

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq — An elite unit of the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city's eastern edge on Tuesday, waiting for other U.S.-backed forces to close in on Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

Badly wounded in Mosul want to get back in fight

BASHIQA, Iraq — Bleeding from the head after a mortar attack, a soldier was rushed by ambulance Sunday from the front lines of the battle for Mosul to a cluster of roadside field hospital tents several miles away.

French police stage fifth night of protest, Hollande pledges meeting

PARIS — French police staged protests in Paris and other cities for a fifth night on Friday, in a movement showing no sign of abating despite President Francois Hollande’s government attempts to defuse tensions just months before a presidential election.

NSA contractor to face espionage charges for alleged data theft

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Government lawyers on Thursday said they would prosecute a former National Security Agency contractor accused of stealing classified information under an espionage law, a move carrying far more severe penalties than previously announced charges.

WikiLeaks: Ecuador cuts Julian Assange’s internet access

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said on Monday that its founder Julian Assange's internet was shut down by the government of Ecuador, deflecting blame from the U.S. or British governments which have sparred with Assange for releasing sensitive material.

Britain cannot revoke EU divorce once begun, top lawyer says

LONDON — Once Britain triggers its formal divorce from the European Union by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, there is no going back on the decision, the government’s top lawyer told the High Court on Monday.

Iraq launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD — Iraqi government forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants' last major stronghold in the country.

S.African government demands end to violent student protests

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s government called on Saturday for an immediate end to violent protests by students demanding free education, after nine people were arrested in overnight clashes with police in Johannesburg.

Egypt retaliates against Islamist militants

CAIRO — Egyptian jets bombed Islamist militant targets for three hours on Saturday, one day after Islamic State guerrillas killed 12 soldiers in North Sinai province, the armed forces said in a statement.

World’s longest-reigning monarch dies

BANGKOK — Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch and a father-figure to the nation, died in hospital on Thursday. He was 88.

Boko Haram frees 21 girls after 2 1/2 years

ABUJA — Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of more than 200 girls it kidnapped in April 2014 in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok, after mediation by Switzerland and the International Red Cross, officials said on Thursday.

Islamic State confirms death of propaganda chief

BEIRUT — Islamic State on Monday confirmed the death of its propaganda chief, whom the Pentagon said was killed in a U.S.-led air strike in Syria's Raqqa province last month.