Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands


WASHINGTON (AP) — To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.

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  • Written by By SETH BORENSTEIN and NICK PERRY , Associated Press

Census: US more diverse, white population grows least


WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is growing older and more ethnically diverse, a trend that could strain government programs from Medicare to education, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

  • Written by By LAURIE KELLMAN , Associated Press

IS militants destroy 12th century mosque in Iraq's Mosul


IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Islamic State group blew up a historic landmark in Mosul — the city's famed 12th century al-Nuri mosque with its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba, from where the IS leader proclaimed the militant group's self-styled caliphate nearly three years ago.

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  • Written by By BALINT SZLANKO , Associated Press

Suicide car bomb outside Afghan bank kills at least 29


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomb exploded Thursday at a bank in Afghanistan's Helmand province as Afghan troops and government workers waited to collect their pay ahead of a major Muslim holiday, killing at least 29 people, officials said.


  • Written by By MIRWAIS KHAN and AMIR SHAH , Associated Press

7 dead in suicide blast at police station in Somalia capital


MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At least seven people are dead and a dozen wounded after a suicide car bomb blast at a police station in Somalia's capital, police and an ambulance service said Thursday.

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  • Written by By ABDI GULED , Associated Press