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In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa....

Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad....

In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa....

Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S. and opposes changing a 2008 immigration law under review by Congress....

Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic....

Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan....

Georgia opens criminal case against ex-president

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Georgian authorities say they are opening a criminal case against former president Mikhail Saakashvili....

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

GENEVA (AP) -- The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday....

Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama spoke out Monday against gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women and eliminate traditions like female genital mutilation and violence against women....

Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

BEIJING (AP) -- Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity....