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  • U.S. President-elect Donald Trump greets New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX2SVO1
    November 11, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, president-elect Donald Trump announced that Mike Pence would be the new chair of his transition team, replacing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Also, anti-Trump protests continued across the country. In Portland, Oregon, thousands of demonstrators squared off with police, throwing bottles and rocks, while officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Continue reading

  • Iraqi Kurdish security forces patrol a street in the city of Kirkuk, Iraq, October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed - RTX2Q0BN
    November 10, 2016  

    In October, the Islamic State launched an offensive on the city of Kirkuk, Iraq. The attack was ultimately suppressed by Kurdish military forces, but it also diverted other anti-ISIS efforts and possibly escalated ethnic tensions in the culturally diverse city. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from Kirkuk. Continue reading

  • An Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter stands near the rubble of a destroyed building, north of Raqqa city, Syria November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said - RTX2SB6A
    November 7, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, Kurdish-led forces pressed toward the Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa after announcing the offensive Sunday. Also, the Justice Department announced it is sending 500 staffers to 28 states to watch for civil rights violations at the polls, a third of what it sent in 2012. The Supreme Court refused to re-impose Democrat-sought curbs on partisan poll watchers in Ohio. Continue reading

  • People wait in line to enter the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York October 7, 2014.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo - RTSQ0L0
    November 4, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers added a net 161,000 jobs in October, dipping the unemployment rate a tenth of a percent to 4.9. Also, there are guilty verdicts in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal. A federal jury convicted Christie’s former aides of shutting down parts of a major bridge to punish a political opponent. Continue reading

  • Members of Iraqi security forces sit on a military vehicle during a battle with Islamic State militants in southeast of Mosul, Iraq, November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani - RTX2RS40
    November 3, 2016  

    As the Iraqi military continues its push into the Islamic State-stronghold of Mosul, how are the disparate forces who make up the coalition working together, and how does Iraq plan to stabilize the city and prevent ethnic tensions? Special presidential envoy Brett McGurk talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the operation to retake the city and the coming fight against the militants in Raqqa. Continue reading

  • Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan (C) talks to media outside his house in Islamabad, Pakistan, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RTX2RCRX
    November 1, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the opposition leader in Pakistan, Imran Khan, backed off from his call for mass protests in Islamabad. The demonstrations were meant to lock down the capital and force the prime minister to resign. Also, the Turkish government rejected criticism from Europe over its crackdown of an opposition newspaper. On Monday, Turkish police arrested 13 top staffers of the paper. Continue reading

  • Smoke rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani - RTX2RCFJ
    November 1, 2016  

    Two weeks into their offensive, Iraqi troops crossed the city limits of Mosul, the last Islamic State stronghold in Iraq. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay filed this report as troops moved in, civilians fled and the Islamic State fighters showed they weren’t giving up without a fight. Continue reading

  • Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) take part in an operation against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the town of Hammam Al-Alil, south of Mosul, Iraq October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RTX2R78C
    October 31, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, Iraqi troops advanced on the city of Mosul after seizing the last village held by the Islamic State on the edge of the city, two weeks after the offensive began. Also, Lebanon finally has a new president after the position sat vacant for two years during a political crisis. Michel Aoun is 81 and a strong ally of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah. Continue reading

  • An Iraqi Christian prepares for the first Sunday mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2R30Y
    October 30, 2016   BY  

    A battle to reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State may be one of the toughest since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, according to news reports. Continue reading

  • A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California September 30, 2014. The University of California will designate gender-neutral restrooms at its 10 campuses to accommodate transgender students, in a move that may be the first of its kind for a system of colleges in the United States.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR48EXM
    October 28, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first case on transgender rights, which involves a transgender teen in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom at a high school. Also, the secretary of the interior says she’s “profoundly disappointed” with the acquittals of seven defendants accused of conspiracy for taking over an Oregon wildlife refuge for 41 days. Continue reading

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