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Mosul, Italy, Michel Aoun: Your Tuesday Briefing – New York Times


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Iraqi special forces backed by tanks and American-led airstrikes took heavy fire from Islamic State fighters as they advanced ever closer to the city of Mosul.

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Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, is in China, ready to sign military and economic deals, including a $13 billion rail project.

The timing — two weeks after the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, signed his own deals and excoriated the United States during a visit to Beijing — adds to the sense that China is chipping away at the United States’ network of allies in Southeast Asia.

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