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Obama races to cement the big Pacific Rim trade deal that all his potential successors oppose (+video)

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — President Barack Obama is racing against the clock to cement a massive Pacific Rim trade deal that all of his potential successors oppose, with his administration eyeing a looming fight on Capitol Hill while starting to implement as much of the complicated pact as it can.

Taliban replaces leader killed in U.S. drone strike (+video)

KABUL, Afghanistan - Just days after a U.S. drone strike killed the leader of the Taliban, the insurgent group named his successor Wednesday in a move that appeared to signal a blow to peace efforts by Afghanistan’s Western-allied government. Haibatullah Akhundzada, a cleric and once the Taliban’s top judge, was a deputy under Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, who was killed in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province on Saturday.

Early analysis of human remains yields no clarity on cause of EgyptAir crash (+video)

CAIRO - Egyptian forensic experts have examined human remains retrieved from the site of the EgyptAir Flight 804 crash, officials told news agencies on Tuesday, amid conflicting statements on whether the initial findings suggest an explosion brought down the plane.

Iraqi military claims advances in Islamic State-held Fallujah (+video)

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces backed by U.S. warplanes advanced on Islamic State fighters in Fallujah on Monday, commanders and officials said, in the opening salvo of a fresh offensive to retake the militant-held city where nearly 100 Americans died in the early years of the Iraq War.