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Iraq forces converge on Mosul airport

Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way to Mosul airport Monday as they prepared to take on the Islamic State group’s stronghold in the city’s west bank.

Nagorny Karabakh votes in ‘illegal’ referendum

Azerbaijan’s separatist Nagorny Karabakh region voted Monday in a referendum on presidential powers that international observers warned was illegal and obstructed efforts to end the festering territorial feud.

Germany slams Russia over Ukraine rebel passports

Germany on Monday criticised as “unacceptable” Russia’s decision to recognise passports issued by separatist rebels in Ukraine’s eastern regions of Lugansk and Donetsk.

Thai palace official fired and stripped of titles

A senior member of the personal security retinue of Thailand’s new king has been fired and stripped of his titles, the palace has announced, the latest royal official to publicly fall from grace.

Le Pen in Lebanon for first head of state meeting

France’s far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Monday met for the first time with a foreign head of state, holding talks in Beirut with Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun.

Pirates kill Vietnamese sailor, kidnap six others

Pirates have attacked a Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship off the southern Philippines, killing one seaman and abducting at least six others in a region notorious for such attacks, officials said Monday.

Fourteen students dead in Philippine bus accident

Fourteen college students on a camping trip were killed and dozens injured on Monday when their bus slammed into an electricity post in a mountainous area of the Philippines, police said.