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Jihadists closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

FILE – This undated file photo posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from extremist Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria....
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‘Massacre’ in Iraq as strikes hit near key dam

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community walk on the Delal bridge in Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The U.N. this week declared the situation in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency” — a decision that came after...
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Strikes on militants at Iraq dam after ‘massacre’

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community walk on the Delal bridge in Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The U.N. this week declared the situation in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency” — a decision that came after...
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Strikes on militants at Iraq dam after ‘massacre’

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community walk on the Delal bridge in Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The U.N. this week declared the situation in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency” — a decision that came after...
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Pope holds up Korean martyrs as models for church

Pope Francis, right, kisses a girl as he arrives with the popemobile to celebrate a mass and the beatification Paul Yun ji-Chung and 123 martyr companions at Gwanghwamun Gate in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Paul Yun Ji-Chung, born in 1759, was among the earliest...
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Strikes on militants at Iraq dam after ‘massacre’

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at a new camp outside the old camp of Bajid Kandala at Feeshkhabour town near the Syria-Iraq border, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The U.N. this week declared the situation in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency” — a...
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Residents: Airstrikes near militant-held Iraq dam

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at a new camp outside the old camp of Bajid Kandala at Feeshkhabour town near the Syria-Iraq border, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The U.N. this week declared the situation in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency” — a...
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Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

Pope Francis is welcomed by the faithful as he arrives at the the “House of Hope” center for disabled in Kkottongnae, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) Pope Francis is welcomed by the faithful as he arrives at the the “House of...

Iraqi officials: Islamic State group kills 80 men

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq say that survivors of an attack on a northern village have told them that militants from the Islamic State group killed over 80 Yazidi men there. The officials, a Yazidi lawmaker and an official with Kurdish security forces, said Saturday...

Russian aid convoy waits near Ukraine

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) — Hundreds of trucks in a Russian aid convoy are waiting near the Ukrainian border as complicated procedures drag on for allowing them into eastern Ukraine to help civilians suffering amid fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists....