Limited gains in first week of Iraq's Mosul offensive

KHAZER, Iraq -- In the week since Iraq launched an operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, its forces have pushed toward the city from the north, east and south, battling the militants in a belt of mostly uninhabited towns and villages.
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Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world: U.S.

MANILA, Philippines - The top American diplomat in Asia says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.
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Dennis Oland expected to learn his fate from N.B. Court of Appeal

FREDERICTON -- New Brunswick's Court of Appeal is expected to decide today whether Dennis Oland will continue to serve a life sentence for the murder of his father, win acquittal, or face another trial.
Defence and Crown lawyers presented their arguments before three justices of the court last week, focused mostly on Oland's incorrect statement to police that he was wearing a navy blazer on the evening his father was murdered.
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Univeristy of Maine professor dies conducting research in Antarctica

ORONO, Maine -- A University of Maine professor has died while conducting research in Antarctica.
The university says 50-year-old Gordon Hamilton died Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding hit a crevasse and he fell 100 feet.
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Police hunting for 230 escaped drug addicts in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese authorities were searching Monday for 230 drug addicts are still at large after a mass escape from a rehabilitation centre in southern Vietnam.
Ho Van Loc, deputy director of labour department in Dong Nai province, said the breakout on Sunday night was started by two inmates and eventually 562 inmates, including 58 women, escaped.
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Bill Murray accepts Mark Twain Prize for American Humor after gentle roast

WASHINGTON — In an evening filled with jokes about Bill Murray’s elusiveness and quirky personality, it was David Letterman who provided the most touching moment as Murray was honoured with the nation’s top prize for comedy.
Murray, 66, received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday night at the Kennedy Center, joining several other “Saturday Night Live” alumni to win the annual award.
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Female robber shot 12-year-old, two others in Florida: Police

MIAMI — Police are searching for a woman they say shot three people, including a 12-year-old boy in Miami.
Authorities say the three victims were walking near a park Saturday night when they were stopped by a car.
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Khloe Kardashian's divorce from Lamar Odom should be official by Christmas

Khloe Kardashian is hoping to start 2017 as a single woman after signing off on her divorce from sportsman Lamar Odom.
Kim Kardashian’s sister called off the divorce at the end of last year after basketball player Odom overdosed at a Nevada brothel - but now it’s very much back on.
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Jennifer Lawrence to play Zelda Fitzgerald in Ron Howard film

Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as socialite and jazz age icon Zelda Fitzgerald in director Ron Howard’s new movie.
Howard has yet to commit to directing the project but he is developing Zelda for Lionsgate.
The film will be based on a screenplay by Emma Frost about author F.
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Sailors abducted 4½ years ago by Somali pirates freed

Following more than four years in captivity, 26 Asian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates have been rescued from their captors, China's Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday.
The sailors arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday, and international mediators said the action the marks a turning point in the long-fought battle against Somali piracy.
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Bill Murray receives Mark Twain Prize, in Bill Murray fashion

Comedian Bill Murray was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at a star-studded Kennedy Center ceremony on Sunday in Washington, D.C., with friends and fellow actors praising him for the joy he has brought to audiences worldwide.
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Bill Murray accepts humour prize after gentle roast

WASHINGTON -- In an evening filled with jokes about Bill Murray's elusiveness and quirky personality, it was David Letterman who provided the most touching moment as Murray was honoured with the nation's top prize for comedy.
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