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More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa

More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa

BEIRUT — The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, and potentially as violent.
Monument of love, the Taj Mahal, at heart of political storm

Monument of love, the Taj Mahal, at heart of political storm

LUCKNOW, India — India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm, with some members of the country's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor d
Fire rips through luxury Myanmar hotel, 1 body recovered

Fire rips through luxury Myanmar hotel, 1 body recovered

YANGON, Myanmar — A fire gutted a luxury teakwood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon before dawn Thursday, causing one death. Firefighters who carried a body out of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel said the victim was male.
China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

BEIJING — China's ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping's second five-year term as leader.
A few militants fight on in Philippine city ripped to shreds

A few militants fight on in Philippine city ripped to shreds

MARAWI, Philippines — Smoke wafted from the smouldering carcasses of buildings and houses, with the dome of a mosque blasted out with holes, as Philippine troops battled Thursday to defeat a final stand by the last dozens of pro-Islamic State group m
Recovery, reconstruction go slowly after Mexico earthquake

Recovery, reconstruction go slowly after Mexico earthquake

MEXICO CITY — Wearing a hardhat, Rodrigo Diaz Mejia steps onto the hood of a crushed car and then gingerly into an apartment cracked open by the Sept. 19 earthquake.
After Obama, Israel's Netanyahu relishing in Trump love fest

After Obama, Israel's Netanyahu relishing in Trump love fest

JERUSALEM — Widely unpopular around the world, President Donald Trump can take solace in the adulation of Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, who showers him with praise and even holds his tongue over issues Israel might normally complain about.
Trump weighs in on 'fake' dossier on his alleged Russia ties

Trump weighs in on 'fake' dossier on his alleged Russia ties

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is questioning what he says is a "fake" dossier of allegations about his connections to Russia. Here's his latest tweet: "Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th.

Excerpts from letters written by a young Barack Obama

Excerpts of letters written by a young Barack Obama to a girlfriend. The letters were released by Emory University.
Court refuses to revive defamation suit against Bill Cosby

Court refuses to revive defamation suit against Bill Cosby

BOSTON — A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to revive a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who said he raped her decades ago. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S.