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Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria

RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition. Footage from Thursday shows the bombed-out ...

Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border

BALINT SZLANKO and PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces exchanged fire at their shared border on Friday, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq. Iraqi forces shelled Kurdish military ...

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

By KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria ...

US-backed Syrian force declares victory over IS in Raqqa

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after a four-month battle that left ...

WHO chief selects Zimbabwe’s Mugabe as ‘goodwill ambassador’

GENEVA (AP) — Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses. But the World Health Organization's new chief is making the longtime African leader a "goodwill ambassador." With Mugabe on hand, WHO director-general Tedros ...

Afghan official: Suicide bombing at Kabul mosque kills 30

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in a western Kabul neighborhood during evening prayers on Friday, killing at least 30 people, Afghan officials. And in western Ghor province, a suicide blast struck a Sunni mosque, also during ...

Pakistan’s ex-premier Sharif indicted on corruption charges

By MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court on Thursday indicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges stemming from documents leaked from a Panama law firm. A lawyer for the 67-year-old Sharif, who is ...

Former French intelligence chief testifies at terror trial

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A French ex-intelligence chief said Thursday he believes Mohammed Merah acted alone during his 2012 shooting rampage that saw seven people killed, but that he received outside help during his preparations. Bernard Squarcini told a court in ...

Jihadist ambush on US forces shows new danger in Sahel

By BABA AHMED and KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Islamic militants came on motorcycles toting rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing four American service members after shattering the windows of the unarmored U.S. trucks. In this remote corner of ...

Hundreds of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews protest army draft

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have arrested 40 people in protests by a fringe group within Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says about 2,000 people protested on Thursday in Jerusalem, where they blocked a main intersection. Some protesters ...