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US-backed Syrian fighters clearing war remnants in Raqqa
(AP Photo - Hussein Malla)
From Associated Press
October 18, 2017 4:53 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria were removing land mines and clearing main roads in Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after their commanders declared the city was under their control, a spokesman said.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A powerful explosion caused serious damage to a police station in southern Sweden early Wednesday, authorities said, adding that there were no injuries and nobody has been arrested.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping was at the podium giving a three-and-a-half hour speech to outline his grand vision for a "new era" of China.

YEI, South Sudan (AP) — Until the summer of 2016, South Sudan's Yei region was a leafy oasis in the midst of the country's civil war.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Somalia's capital in a show of defiance after the country's deadliest attack.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Senior officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan reaffirmed their countries' commitment Wednesday to finding a diplomatic solution to the threat posed by North Korea's rapidly expanding nuclear program.

BEIJING (AP) — The crucial parts will be held behind closed doors, but journalists, academics and more than a billion Chinese citizens will be closely watching for any public hints signaling change at this week's twice-a-decade congress of China's ruling Communist Party.

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese government minister in charge of emergency services resigned Wednesday after 106 people were killed in wildfires this year.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation's "grim" challenges as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress.

BERLIN (AP) — More than 700 German police officers have raided buildings used by a local chapter of the Hells Angels biker gang near the western city of Duesseldorf after state authorities banned the group on suspicion it was engaged in a wide range of criminal activity.

WASHINGTON (AP) — After her Army son died in an armored vehicle rollover in Syria in May, Sheila Murphy says, she got no call or letter from President Donald Trump, even as she waited months for his condolences, wrote to him to say "some days I don't want to live," and still heard nothing.

HONOLULU (AP) — Just hours before President Donald Trump's latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version.

WASHINGTON (AP) — As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when — and how — the probes will end.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A top Kenyan electoral official resigned Wednesday, charging the presidential vote just eight days away cannot be credible as planned.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's nationalist government may be unpopular with Western liberals and much of its domestic press corps, but it has found a close friend among the world's evangelical Christians and their media outlets.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes' husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors.

BEIRUT (AP) — Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group.

HATILLO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren't in class.

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators.

ROME (AP) — Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist killed by a bomb that blew up her car, was fearless and formidable, colleagues and admirers recall.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk — a dramatic redeployment of forces that opened the way for government troops to move into energy-rich and other strategically important territories.

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces celebrated in the devastated streets of Raqqa on Tuesday after gaining control of the northern city that once was the heart of the Islamic State's self-styled caliphate, dealing a major defeat to the extremist group that has seen its territory shrink ever smaller since summer.

SMITHS FALLS, Ontario (AP) — Joshua Boyle, a Canadian who was rescued with his family last week by Pakistani troops, said Tuesday that his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there.

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh (all times local): 5 a.m.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Anguished families scoured Somalia's capital Tuesday in search of scores still missing from Saturday's bomb blast that killed more than 300 people in one of the world's deadliest attacks in years.