US commander: Mosul and Raqqa should be retaken in 6 months

CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AP) — Forces fighting the Islamic State group should be able to retake the IS-held cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria within the next six months, according to the top U.S. commander in Iraq.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE , Associated Press

Former prime minister, a US citizen, wins Somalia vote

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A former prime minister who holds dual Somali-U.S. citizenship was declared Somalia's new president Wednesday, immediately taking the oath of office as the long-chaotic country moved toward its first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century.

  • Written by ABDI GULED , Associated Press

Court bars Russian opposition leader from presidential race

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was convicted Wednesday in a retrial of a 2013 fraud case and given a suspended sentence, a ruling that bars him from running for president next year and appears to reflect the Kremlin's reluctance to let President Vladimir Putin's most charismatic foe into the field.

  • Written by NATALIYA VASILYEVA and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV , Associated Press