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Iraqi forces push into IS-held pocket in Mosul - military

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MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Islamic State-held districts in eastern Mosul on Tuesday, and army units battled the militants inside a military base in the north of the city, military officials said.

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Iraqi artist recreates ancient works destroyed by Islamic State 3:07pm GMT

ERBIL, Iraq As Iraqi forces fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State, an artist in nearby Erbil is chiseling at clay in a tiny, unheated studio to recreate historic Assyrian monuments destroyed by the group. | Video

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Iran's Rouhani says talk about renegotiating nuclear deal 'meaningless' 3:02pm GMT

DUBAI Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday U.S. President-elect Trump cannot unilaterally cancel the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers including Washington and that talk of renegotiating it was "meaningless".

U.S. to help Egypt restore hundreds of pharaonic era coffins 2:30pm GMT

CAIRO Egypt will restore hundreds of coffins dating back thousands of years to the time of the pharaohs as part of a joint American-Egyptian project to document and preserve one of the world's oldest civilisations, a director of the project said on Tuesday.

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Turkey says captures nightclub attacker who acted for Islamic State 2:13pm GMT

ISTANBUL Turkish authorities have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, an Uzbek national they said was trained in Afghanistan and had clearly acted on behalf of Islamic State. | Video

Russian advisor to U.N. Syria envoy - Geneva talks still have potential 1:37pm GMT

MOSCOW An advisor to the United Nations on Russia's involvement in the Syrian conflict said on Tuesday U.N.-led peace talks in Geneva still had potential, less than a week before separate talks supported by Moscow were due to begin in Kazakhstan.

Iraqis who escaped Islamic State grapple with trauma 11:59am GMT

DEBAGA, Iraq While fleeing Islamic State rule in northern Iraq three months ago, Laila saw two of her daughters die in front of her. Crippled by grief and the trauma of that night, she now struggles to walk and hardly eats.

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UK top court says ex-Libyan rebel commander can sue former minister 11:14am GMT

LONDON A former Libyan Islamist commander, who says he suffered years of torture by Muammar Gaddafi's henchmen after British and U.S. spies handed him over to Libya, was given permission on Tuesday to sue the British government and its former foreign secretary.

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Exclusive - Global ship insurers to resume near full coverage for Iran oil: officials 11:14am GMT

TOKYO/SINGAPORE Global shipping insurers have devised a way to ensure nearly full coverage for Iranian oil exports from next month after striking a deal to provide cover without involving U.S.-domiciled reinsurers, officials in Tokyo and London said.

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Groupe Renault reports record sales, expects further growth 10:58am GMT

PARIS French carmaker Groupe Renault reported record sales for 2016 thanks to growth in Europe and in overseas markets such as India and Iran, and it expected more progress this year.

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