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US strikes help Iraq Kurds as IS loses ground

US strikes help Iraq Kurds as IS loses ground

Iraqi Kurdish forces have captured a strategic border crossing and several villages from Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq, scoring gains as the militants were pounded by heavy U.S.-led air strikes and the Iraqi army advanced from the south.

Philippines recovers paintings from Marcos family

Philippines recovers paintings from Marcos family

Philippine authorities have recovered more than a dozen paintings, including a work by Pablo Picasso, from an office and residences of lawmaker Imelda Marcos, a day after an anti-corruption court ordered their seizure.

US signs pact to keep troops in Afghanistan

US signs pact to keep troops in Afghanistan

Officials from Afghanistan and the United States have signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.

Hong Kong protesters fear fresh police advance

Hong Kong protesters fear fresh police advance

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.

Belgian cops waive traffic fines in pension protest

Belgian cops waive traffic fines in pension protest

Belgians who drive a bit over the speed limit, forget to buckle their seat belts or park illegally can breathe easier this week as police turn a blind eye in protest against plans to raise their retirement age.

White House fence-jumper prompts 'deep concerns'

White House fence-jumper prompts 'deep concerns'

The man who breached security at the White House this month raced through several rooms on the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, a Republican congressman says.

US, Kurds strike at Islamic State in Syria

US, Kurds strike at Islamic State in Syria

US warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters.

Defiant protesters remain on Hong Kong streets

Defiant protesters remain on Hong Kong streets

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in the early hours on Tuesday, maintaining pressure on China as it faces one of its biggest political challenges since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago.

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