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Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret....



Inside Yemen's secret prisons: 'We could hear the screams'
MUKALLA, Yemen (AP) -- They call it the "grill": The victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun furiously within a circle of fire. It is just one of the terrors inflicted by interrogators on detainees in Yemen who are routinely beaten with wires, kept in filthy shipping containers, and blindfolded for months - all by one of America's closest counterterrorism allies....



London fire: Tests show other high-rises have suspect panels
LONDON (AP) -- Tests so far have found that at least seven high-rise apartment buildings in England have combustible external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed 79 people in London, Prime Minister Theresa May's office said Thursday....



German parliament votes to annul gay men's convictions
BERLIN (AP) -- German lawmakers on Thursday approved a plan to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enforced enthusiastically in post-World War II West Germany....



Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle....



Archbishop: Church of England 'colluded' to hide sex abuse
LONDON (AP) -- The Church of England "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday....



Brexit: May offers hope for EU citizens, wins guarded praise
BRUSSELS (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May promised Thursday that EU citizens will not be immediately kicked out of Britain when it leaves the union and says their fate will be a top priority in Brexit negotiations - prompting guarded praise from other EU leaders at a tense time for the continent....



Report: Israel gearing up to build in east Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli newspaper says the government is preparing to authorize construction of 7,000 new homes in Jewish areas of east Jerusalem - a move that could complicate the efforts of U.S. envoy Jared Kushner to restart peace talks....



Ex-detainees: Detention center's practices border on slavery
DENVER (AP) -- Every day, immigrants are told to clean their living areas in a privately run Colorado detention center or risk being put in solitary confinement. Some also volunteer to do jobs as varied as landscaping, more cleaning and cutting other inmates' hair, but the pay is always the same - $1 a day....



South Korea's infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists
SANGJU, South Korea (AP) -- In a country where bikes are either a poor man's transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network of car-free paths in the world is being built through dense evergreen forests, down wildflower-lined river valleys and over steep mountain crests....