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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....



"You can hear the screams": Inside Yemen's secret prisons
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 and were kept in filthy shipping containers, blindfolded for months - all by one of America's closest counterterrorism allies....



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....



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....



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....



AP Newsbreak: US, EU urge China to limit food import control
BEIJING (AP) -- Food exporters including the United States and European Union are stepping up pressure on China to scale back plans for intensive inspections of imports that they say would hamper access to its fast-growing market....



Israel: Hezbollah uses NGO to conceal border posts
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council accusing the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of setting up observation outposts along the border on land purportedly used by an environmental advocacy group....