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This frame grab from a video released Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 provided by Ronahi TV, a Kurdish TV channel media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows members of a Kurdish female militia, the Women's Protection Units, marching as they celebrate victory against the Islamic State group, in Raqqa, Syria. The militia that took part in freeing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group said it will continue the fight to liberate women living under the extremist group's brutal rule. (Ronahi TV, via AP)
Kurdish female militia vows to keep fighting Islamic StateA Kurdish female militia that took part in freeing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group says it will continue the fight to liberate women living under the extremist group's brutal rule
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The Latest: Report: Saudi official visits Syria's RaqqaA state-linked Saudi news site says a high-level Saudi official is in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, to discuss his country's role in reconstruction efforts
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The Latest: Germany criticizes Israeli settlement plansGermany is criticizing Israel's plans to build some 3,000 new housing units in West Bank settlements, saying they undermine the possibility of a two-state solution to the long conflict with the Palestinians
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Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice presidentA Baghdad court has issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq's Kurdish region for saying Iraqi forces were "occupying" the disputed Kirkuk province
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More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in RaqqaThe Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, and potentially as violent
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US envoy: Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian governmentPresident Donald Trump's special Mideast envoy says if Hamas wants to play a role in any Palestinian government it must renounce violence and commit to peaceful negotiations with Israel
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Popular Mobilization Forces take control of a former Kurdish security forces checkpoint outside Bashiqa, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Kurdish forces pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq a day after handing Kirkuk to federal forces amid a tense standoff following last month's vote for independence. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Turkey could close border with Iraqi Kurds 'at any moment'Turkey's president says the country could close its border with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region "at any moment" as a further reprisal for it holding a non-binding referendum on independence last month
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Iranian authorities bar reformist ex-president from meetingAn Iranian opposition news website says authorities have barred former reformist President Mohammad Khatami from attending a meeting of his allies
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After Obama, Israel's Netanyahu relishing in Trump love festDonald Trump would be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan than Benjamin Netanyahu
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Report blames pilot for fatal Dubai gyrocopter crash in 2015Investigators say a pilot killed by a 2015 Dubai gyrocopter crash during the World Air Games failed to properly strap on his helmet before takeoff, causing it to fall off during a high-speed turn, distracting him
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Turkey: Iraqi Kurds 'miscalculated' with independence voteTurkey says Iraq's retaking of the northern city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces earlier this week has rectified the Kurds' "mistake" in holding a non-binding referendum on independence last month
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A members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) checks a would-be car bomb at the stadium that was the site of Islamic State fighters' last stand in the city of Raqqa, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. SDF were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital. (AP Photo/Asmaa Waguih)
US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out ISUS-backed forces removing land mines, clearing roads in Raqqa, a day after taking city from IS, spokesman says
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US urges UN to adopt Trump's comprehensive approach to IranU.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is urging the U.N. Security Council to adopt the Trump administration's comprehensive approach to Iran and address all aspects of what she calls its "destructive conduct" _ not just the 2015 nuclear deal
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The Latest: White House sees new phase in Syria after RaqqaThe White House says the imminent liberation of the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa will open a new phase in the Syrian conflict
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Iraq's Kurdish region postpones electionsKurdish media says Iraqi Kurdish officials have postponed elections for parliament and president of the autonomous region in the wake of the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from disputed regions across northern and eastern Iraq
The Associated Press17 hours ago
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