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Iraq Village Now Eerie Outpost for Kurdish Fighters

Only the scattered voices of Kurdish fighters break the silence in the Iraqi village of Wadi Osaj, where the mud and cement block houses stand empty and locked after residents fled.

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Former Cyber-Security Director Guilty of U.S. Child Porn

A federal jury in the United States convicted a former cyber security chief at the U.S. health department on multiple child pornography charges Tuesday.

Timothy DeFoggi, 56, was the sixth person to be convicted as part of an ongoing investigation targeting three child pornography websites, the Justice Department said.

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New Turkey PM Leaves Troubled Foreign Policy Legacy

Turkey's new premier and outgoing foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaves his successor a troubled legacy after a bold policy to expand Turkish influence across the ex-Ottoman empire left the country painfully exposed to the Syria and Iraq crises.

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U.S. Faces Intelligence Challenge in Syria

U.S. spy agencies face a difficult task in tracking Islamic jihadists in Syria, as Washington lacks a robust network of informants and faces threats to its drone fleet, experts and former officials say.

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Top Colombian Drug Hitman 'Popeye' is Freed

The head of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hitmen, a confessed murderer nicknamed "Popeye," was released from prison Tuesday after helping prosecutors convict a former justice minister.

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U.S. Journalist Returns Home after Syria Kidnapping

An American journalist held for nearly two years by militants linked to al-Qaida in Syria returned to the United States late Tuesday, two days after Qatar negotiated his release, his family said.

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Japan Landslides Death Toll Hits 70 One Week On

A week after huge landslides swamped the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the confirmed death toll from the tragedy hit 70 on Wednesday, with 18 people still missing.

Few hopes remain for those unaccounted for, although the fluctuating number -- which has risen and fallen sometimes independently of the number of dead -- has left confusion as to the disaster's likely final cost in human lives.

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Policemen Get 12 Years for Trying to Kill Ecuador Leader

An Ecuadoran judge sentenced six police officers to 12-year terms Tuesday for trying to assassinate President Rafael Correa during a 2010 rebellion.

The bloody unrest left 10 people dead and 274 wounded.

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Libya in Turmoil as U.S. Says UAE, Egypt Bombed Islamists

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt secretly bombed Islamist militia in Libya, apparently catching Washington off guard, as turmoil in the North African country deepened with the Islamists naming a rival premier.

The U.S. government said on Tuesday that the UAE and Egypt were behind last week's two deadly night raids on Islamist positions near Tripoli airport.

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Saudi Police Arrest 8 Suspected IS Recruiters

Saudi police have arrested eight people in the northwest suspected of recruiting young people to join the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

Police in Tamir, 150 kilometers (100 miles) north of Riyadh, arrested eight people "who deluded young people into joining foreign extremist groups," the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

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