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Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signalling the collapse of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.

Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near Freeport mine

JAKARTA/TIMIKA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua.

Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades.

China, Russia to hold simulated anti-missile drill

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese and Russian militaries will next month hold anti-missile drills in Beijing, China's Defence Ministry said on Friday, amid concern in both countries about the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.

Singaporean gangster whose punch killed American stuntman jailed 10 years

SINGAPORE: A restaurant server who was part of a group that went on a Christmas Eve rampage in 2015 was sentenced to 10 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane on Friday (Nov 17) here after punching a stuntman who later died.

Myanmar military trucks hit landmines in troubled Rakhine; one injured

YANGON (Reuters) - One person was injured when military trucks hit landmines in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine State this week, state media said on Friday, amid ethnic tension following an army crackdown that sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing.

Mexican women testify over sexual torture before international panel

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Women who were sexually tortured by Mexican security forces over a decade ago testified Thursday before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, asking for an investigation into the case that happened in the state once run by President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Tanker overturns spilling diesel all over highway

JOHOR BARU: One person was injured after a tanker lorry carrying 32,000 litres of diesel overturned between Pagoh and Yong Peng at midnight on Friday (Nov 17).

Saudi-led coalition rescues French journalists in Yemen - Arabiya TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition rescued two French journalists on Thursday who had gone missing in an area of Yemen held by the Iran-aligned Houthi group, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported.

Turquoise waterfalls dry up after Mexico quakes

SAN CRISTBAL DE LAS CASAS: The Agua Azul waterfalls in southern Mexico are a playground of bright turquoise water cascading over limestone steps.