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Iraqis fight house to house for costly victory in Mosul
(AP Photo - Maya Alleruzzo)
By MAYA ALLERUZZO
From Associated Press
June 28, 2017 1:54 PM EST

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Gunfire echoes through the pockmarked streets as Maj. Ihab Jalil al-Aboudi's soldiers fight block by block for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, occasionally pausing to help terrified families flee to safety across the rubble.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will get hit again by Russian cyberattacks if the country doesn't pay closer attention and work more closely with European allies who are also victims, international elections experts warned on Wednesday.

ROME (AP) — Italy threatened Wednesday to close its ports to aid groups rescuing migrants off Libya's coast as it struggles to cope with the highest rate of rescues this year, officials said.

PARIS (AP) — Companies and governments around the world on Wednesday counted the cost of a software epidemic that has disrupted ports, hospitals and banks.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The British pound rose sharply Wednesday after the country's top central banker pondered the prospect of higher interest rates, a day after his counterpart at the European Central Bank sent the euro soaring with a relatively rosy economic assessment of the 19-country eurozone.

LONDON (AP) — A British Transport Police officer who fought off three extremists in London's Borough Market with only a baton thought he was going to die after being stabbed multiple times.

BEIRUT (AP) — At least 15 people were killed in an airstrike in eastern Syria on Wednesday, activists said, in the second attack in three days reported to kill civilians in the Islamic State-held Euphrates River valley.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump interrupted a telephone conversation with Ireland's prime minister to compliment an Irish journalist on her "nice smile."

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has ditched plans to ban the Telegram messaging app after its owner agreed to register the company in the country, authorities said Wednesday.

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister lost his patience with journalists' questions Wednesday as accusations flew about who or which agency might be to blame for the deaths of 64 people in a raging forest fire.

MADRID (AP) — Police on Wednesday arrested six suspected members of the Islamic State group, four in Spain and one each in Britain and Germany, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

LONDON (AP) — The number of people killed or presumed dead in the London high-rise fire has inched up to 80, but the final death toll may not be known for months, British police said at a grim briefing Wednesday.

GANZHOU, China (AP) — Chinese authorities have released on bail three activists who had been detained after investigating labor conditions at a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands.

CAIRO (AP) — More than two years of civil war have led to continually compounding disasters in Yemen. Fighting rages on in a deadly stalemate.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Battered by bombings that have killed scores of people, Pakistan's Shiite Muslims on Wednesday took their protests to the Pakistani capital.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 7 p.m. The U.N. human rights chief is urging world powers fighting the Islamic State group in Raqqa to review their operations after his office tallied at least 173 civilian deaths by air and ground strikes in the Syrian city this month.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security measures Wednesday for international flights bound to the United States, which could lead to a lifting of a ban on laptops and other electronics from passenger cabins from certain airports.

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the London high-rise fire (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A 6-month-old baby found dead in her mother's arms is among the 80 people believed to have perished in London's Grenfell Tower blaze.

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas has begun work on a buffer zone along Gaza's border with Egypt, the Islamic militant group said Wednesday, as part of an effort to assure Cairo that it's serious about preventing the cross-border flow of weapons and militants.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted terrorist attack aimed at ousting him from power.

GANZHOU, China (AP) — A worker with blood dripping from his head marked a low point in the tense, grinding life at a southeastern China factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands.

LONDON (AP) — It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat.

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors charged a former senior police officer with manslaughter Wednesday as they announced the first criminal cases in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster that left 96 people dead — many of them crushed against metal fences — and changed English soccer forever.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate.

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's prime minister designate said Wednesday her future government's goal is membership in the European Union along with modernization of the troubled Balkan country.