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Motivated Syrian Kurds take fight to ISIS in contrast to failures of Iraqi army

By The Associated Press
In contrast to the Iraqi army’s failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country’s northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes. As the Kurds close ...

British PM pitches looser pact with EU

By The Associated Press
PARIS — British Prime Minister David Cameron met with the leaders of the Netherlands and France on Thursday as he began a whirlwind visit to four European capitals, pressing his case that the United Kingdom needs to renegotiate its relationship ...

Putin: Revealing military deaths now against law

By The Los Angeles Times
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Thursday outlawing disclosure of military deaths in peacetime, a move apparently aimed at hiding evidence of Russian military involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine. The decree, published on the government information portal, amends ...

North Korea upgrading space launch site

By The Associated Press
Satellite imagery shows significant construction at North Korea’s main rocket launch site in a sign of leader Kim Jong Un’s determination to pursue a space program despite international censure, an American research institute said Thursday. North Korea is barred under U.N. ...

Dollar’s prominence grows in Venezuela

By The Associated Press
CARACAS — It’s still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. Just not in the country’s official currency. As the South American nation spirals into ...

FIFA rocked as U.S. indicts 14 in corruption investigation

By Wire and Staff Reports
ZURICH — The U.S. government executed an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer’s global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in ...

Saudi aerial offensive pummels Yemen capital

By The Los Angeles Times
SANAA, Yemen — Thunderous airstrikes hit Yemen’s capital, a Red Sea naval port and a border province Wednesday, killing at least 80 people and injuring more than 100 others, officials and residents said. It was believed to be the largest ...

U.S. senator in Cuba says normal relations ‘weeks away’

By The Associated Press
HAVANA — The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the United States and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to ...

4 Taliban attackers killed in Kabul siege

By The Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan — An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of the Afghan capital, Kabul, ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured ...

Blair to quit post as U.N. special Middle East envoy

By The Los Angeles Times
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced in a letter to the United Nations chief on Wednesday that he will step down as the world body’s special Middle East envoy at the end of June, British media reported, citing unnamed ...

Britain’s pro-EU side happy with wording of referendum

By Reuters
LONDON — Britons will be asked to vote “yes” if they want to stay in the European Union when a referendum is held in the next two years, the government said Thursday. The question they will be asked on the ballot ...

ISIS suicide attacks kill 17 Iraqi soldiers

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — As Iraqi forces gathered for a major offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar province, Islamic State terrorists struck first, unleashing a wave of suicide bombings that killed at least 17 soldiers. The attacks ...

Relentless heat wave kills more than 1,000 in India

By The Los Angeles Times
MUMBAI, India — A heat wave has claimed more than 1,000 lives in southern India in recent weeks, officials said Tuesday, warning that the scorching temperatures would continue for several days. Temperatures of at least 113 degrees were recorded in the ...

Nuclear talks bog down as Iran team balks at key decisions, envoys say

By The Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Talks over Iran’s nuclear program are bogging down because Tehran’s negotiators are reluctant to put in writing previous concessions that may be deeply unpopular at home, current and former diplomats said Tuesday. With the negotiations’ June 30 deadline about ...

Rocket fired from Gaza Strip strikes Israeli port

By Reuters
JERUSALEM — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday landed near the Israeli port city of Ashdod, but no casualties or damage were ...

Americans with taste for mojitos flock to Havana

By The Associated Press
HAVANA — The thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent  increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries such as Mexico ...

Soccer officials arrested in Zurich; World Cup votes probed

By The Associated Press
ZURICH — The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer’s global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives …

Iraqi militias begin move on Ramadi

By The Washington Post
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Shiite militias on Tuesday began an offensive intended to put a stranglehold on Islamic State fighters in Ramadi, taking the lead from Iraqi security forces that lost the city to the extremists more than a week ago. The ...

Popular tourist spot attacked in Afghanistan

By The Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan — Heavy gunfire and explosions echoed through an upscale neighborhood in Afghanistan’s capital late Tuesday night as police surrounded a guesthouse popular with foreigners thought to be under attack by insurgents. The firefight in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood, ...

American reporter’s espionage trial begins

By The Associated Press
TEHRAN — An Iranian security court Tuesday began the closed-door espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried ...