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Iraqi army's elite force pauses advance near Mosul

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - 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. Learn More


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Philippines Duterte tells U.S. to forget about defense deal 'if I stay longer'

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at the United States on Tuesday, saying he did not start a fight with Washington and it could forget about a military agreement between both countries if he were to be in power longer. More »


NATO seeks troops to deter Russia on eastern flank

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO will press allies on Wednesday to contribute to its biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War as the alliance prepares for a protracted quarrel with Moscow. More »


Workers wield sledgehammers to tear down Calais "Jungle"

CALAIS, France (Reuters) - French workers began demolishing the "Jungle" shanty town in Calais on Tuesday, wielding sledgehammers to tear down makeshift dwellings as their former residents - migrants seeking entry to Britain - were moved out. More »


Russia says it extends moratorium on Aleppo air strikes

MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it would extend a moratorium on air strikes on Syria's Aleppo into a ninth day, but a monitor and a civil defense official said that rebel-held parts of the divided city had been struck in recent days. More »


Forensic police examine Australian theme park ride that killed four

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Forensic police were examining a river rapids ride at Australia's biggest theme park on Wednesday after four people were killed when it apparently malfunctioned and they were trapped beneath an upturned raft. More »


Venezuelan legislature launches trial against Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly voted on Tuesday to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for violating democracy, but the socialist government dismissed the move as meaningless. More »


Getting North Korea to give up nuclear bomb probably 'lost cause': U.S. spy chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. policy of trying to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons "is probably a lost cause" and the best that could be hoped for is a cap on the country's nuclear capability, the Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday. More »


Economic gender parity nearly two centuries off, WEF finds

ZURICH (Reuters) - Progress in closing the global workplace gender gap is slowing dramatically, according to a World Economic Forum study, with a notable exception in Rwanda, a country still emerging from the aftermath of genocide that has become the world's leader on equal pay. More »


Brazil president's plan to restore finances takes step forward

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil President Michel Temer won another victory on Tuesday in his effort to restore fiscal discipline when the lower house of Congress approved a constitutional amendment to cap spending for 20 years. More »


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