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3Novices:Iraq says army makes gains in gruelling Mosul battle

BAGHDAD/GENEVA (Reuters) – The Iraqi army said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul on Saturday, pushing back Islamic State militants in a slow and hard-fought advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing shortages of fuel, water and food. 9 more words

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3Novices:Taliban chief reinforces position with backing of two key members

KABUL (Reuters) – Hardline cleric Mullah Haibatullah Akundzada has reinforced his position as the new leader of the Afghan Taliban by winning the support of two senior members, the insurgent group said on Saturday. 9 more words

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3Novices:Indonesia counter-terrorism forces foil plot to bomb state palace - police

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian counter-terrorism forces on Saturday arrested three people near the capital Jakarta suspected of planning a bomb attack on the presidential palace, a police spokesman said. 9 more words

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3Novices:Gambia's President-elect says Jammeh cannot reject polls

BANJUL (Reuters) – Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow said that the country’s outgoing leader Yahya Jammeh had no constitutional authority to reject the results of December 1. 14 more words

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3Novices:Suicide bomber kills at least 12 Yemeni troops in Aden - medic, officials

DUBAI (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed 12 Yemeni soldiers and wounded at least 20 others at a base in the city of Aden, a medic at the scene and government officials said, in another major attack on forces allied to a Saudi-led military campaign. 9 more words

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3Novices:Parties make their cases to Italy president for new leader

ROME (Reuters) – Political parties made their cases to Italy’s head of state on Saturday for candidates to lead the country out of a government crisis prompted by Matteo Renzi’s resignation as prime minister. 9 more words

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3Novices:Five killed as cargo train explodes in Bulgaria

At least five people were killed and 29 injured when a cargo train derailed and exploded in the northeastern Bulgarian village of Hitrino, demolishing about 50 houses and public buildings, officials said on Saturday. 9 more words

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