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U.S.-backed fighters renew offer for IS to leave Syrian town

new BEIRUT – U.S.-backed fighters in northern Syria renewed an offer Monday to Islamic State militants in Manbij, saying that if they allow civilians to leave the besieged northern town IS fighters will be allowed to leave too and will not be attacked. Members of the predominantly Kurdish U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces have been on the offensive in Manbij since late May, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. SDF said the offer is meant to protect civilians.

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Man charged in Utah rail worker’s killing found dead in jail

SALT LAKE CITY – One of two men charged in the kidnapping and murder of a Utah train worker has died after hanging himself in a northern Utah jail with a bedsheet, authorities said Monday. Flint Wayne Harrison, 52, was found hanging in his cell shortly after midnight Monday at the Davis County Jail in in Farmington, Utah, about 20 miles north of Salt Lake City.

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China scores diplomatic victory, avoids criticism from ASEAN

VIENTIANE, Laos – China scored an unequivocal diplomatic victory Monday, preventing Southeast Asia’s main grouping from criticizing it for territorially expanding in the South China Sea, even though some of the bloc’s members are victims of Beijing’s actions. After hectic negotiations, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a watered-down rebuke that amounted to less than a slap on the wrist, and exposed the deep divisions in a regional body that prides itself on unity.

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Georgia appeals court says ‘upskirting’ not against the law

ATLANTA – A man admitted he surreptitiously took cellphone video up a woman’s skirt while she shopped at a grocery store, but a Georgia court said he didn’t break the law. A divided Georgia Court of Appeals this month tossed out the conviction of former grocery store employee Brandon Lee Gary, who recorded videos up a woman’s skirt – known as “upskirting” – while she shopped. The 6-3 majority opinion said Gary’s behavior, while reprehensible, doesn’t violate the state’s invasion of privacy law, under which he was prosecuted.

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Egypt’s Coptic Pope warns of increased attacks on Christians

CAIRO – The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christian church is warning of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being “defaced.” In a Monday meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians – nearly an incident a month. He describes the situation as “very painful.”

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Baby with Zika-linked microcephaly born in Spain

MADRID – Health officials in Barcelona say a woman has given birth to a baby boy with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus – the first detected case in Spain. The defect was detected last May, and the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital announced Monday that both the mother and the infant are in stable condition.

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5 Saudi guards killed in clashes; 2 pilots die in Yemen

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said five border guards have been killed in an eight-hour-long cross-border clash with militants from Yemen. The statement, carried on the official Saudi Press Agency, said at around 6 a.m. on Monday border guards repelled attempts by armed groups to cross Saudi Arabia’s southern border from Yemen. The Interior Ministry did not identify the attackers, but said the clashes took place in Najran.

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