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Last letters - From Mosul schoolboys to Islamic State 'martyrs'

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MOSUL, Iraq "My dear family, please forgive me," reads the handwritten letter discarded in the dusty halls of an Islamic State training compound in eastern Mosul.

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North Korea spy agency runs arms operation out of Malaysia, U.N. says 27 Feb 2017

It is in Kuala Lumpur's "Little India" neighbourhood, behind an unmarked door on the second floor of a rundown building, where a military equipment company called Glocom says it has its office.

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Treason charges against Russian cyber experts linked to seven-year-old accusations 26 Feb 2017

MOSCOW Treason charges brought in December against two Russian state security officers and a cyber-security expert in Moscow relate to allegations made by a Russian businessman seven years ago, according to the businessman and a source connected with the investigation.

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Insight - Out of the shadows: Manila's meth dealers back on the streets as cops pull back 25 Feb 2017

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs had until three weeks ago driven the trade in crystal methamphetamine underground, according to residents and drug users in some of the slum areas of the nation's capital city.

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In Bavarian town, Syrian sisters get to grips with Germany's freedoms 22 Feb 2017

SCHILLINGSFUERST, Germany More than a year ago, Mayar and Nawar Ballish escaped car bomb attacks in Damascus. Now the Syrian sisters, both students in their twenties, go to school by train past neat gardens and farms in the quiet hills of Bavaria, southern Germany.

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Pipeline fights move from Dakota prairie to Louisiana bayous 24 Feb 2017

(This version of the story was refiled to correct paragraph 37 to say $12,000 instead of $1,200) | Video

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Sportsmen fight Trump energy plans alongside environmental left 17 Feb 2017

WASHINGTON/SALT LAKE CITY, Utah When Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah introduced legislation last month to transfer about 3 million acres of federally-held public land to state control, he was bombarded by thousands of angry phone calls, letters and social media posts urging him to back off.

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After drug war contracting boom, Mexican prisons stand idle 17 Feb 2017

PAPANTLA, Mexico Guards at one of Mexico's high security prisons have to worry much more about criminals breaking in than busting out.

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California demand for wind power energises transmission firms 15 Feb 2017

LOS ANGELES A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will soon build the largest wind farm in the United States to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals.

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Sold into marriage - how Rohingya girls become child brides in Malaysia 15 Feb 2017

KUALA LUMPUR The slight girl in a turquoise headscarf held back tears as she recalled what happened when she fled to Malaysia from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state. Just 12-years-old at the time, she was forced to wed a man she did not know, and who was more than a decade older than her.