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Devastation in Raqqa raises questions about cost of victory
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish-led forces on Friday declared victory over the Islamic State group in Raqqa, the former "capital" of its self-proclaimed caliphate where militants had terrorized the population for four years - setting up a climactic last stand for the extremists in the last vestiges of territory they control....



What Puerto Rico is doing to get the power back after storm
BARCELONETA, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Electrical linemen descend from helicopters, balancing on steel girders 90 feet high on transmission towers in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, far from any road. At the same time, crews fan out across the battered island, erecting light poles and power lines in a block by block slog....



Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation....



Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria
RAQQA, Syria (AP) -- Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition....



Somalia's death toll now at 358 as 'state of war' planned
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Thousands of anguished Somalis gathered to pray Friday at the site of the country's deadliest attack, while the toll rose to 358 and dozens remained missing. Somalia's president will announce a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the bombing, the prime minister said....



Spanish PM to unveil measures to fight Catalan separatists
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spain's prime minister says his government will unveil specific measures Saturday to halt Catalonia's independence bid but refused to confirm if that included plans to hold a regional election in January....



The Latest: US condemns twin suicide attacks in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):...



Egyptian official: 14 policemen killed southwest of Cairo
CAIRO (AP) -- Militants killed 14 policemen and wounded eight in a shootout during a raid Friday on a militants' hideout southwest of Cairo, an Egyptian security official said....



Iraqi forces seize disputed town after clashes with Kurds
ALTUN KUPRI, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi troops seized a town from Kurdish forces after a brief but intense firefight on Friday, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq....



Power to the people: 2 Italy regions to hold autonomy votes
VERONA, Italy (AP) -- It is greater autonomy -- not independence -- that two of Italy's wealthiest regions are seeking in a pair of referendums Sunday, yet Catalonia's secessionist ambitions in nearby Spain loom large over the debate....