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US acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul
(AP Photo - Felipe Dana)
By SINAN SALAHEDDIN
From Associated Press
March 25, 2017 4:42 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — An airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul that witnesses say killed at least 100 people was in fact launched by the U.S. military, American officials said Saturday.

BARBABLANCA, Peru (AP) — Gathered along the edge of a mountain, the men, women and children of Barbablanca watched in stunned silence as a river of mud washed over their small village.

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president said Saturday the country might pursue a Brexit-like referendum on whether to pursue European Union membership and also lashed out at a critical protest in Switzerland.

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — In the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group became infamous for its spectacular variations on explosive vehicles.

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes hit a women's prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Saturday, killing and wounding scores of people amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the country's worst violence in weeks, opposition activists said.

LONDON (AP) — The British man who killed four people during a London rampage had made three trips to Saudi Arabia: He taught English there twice on a work visa and returned on a visa usually granted to those going on a religious pilgrimage.

BENI, Congo (AP) — A Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in an increasingly violent region where the U.N.

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus cracked down hard Saturday on opposition protesters who tried to hold a forbidden demonstration in the capital — a human rights group said more than 400 people were arrested and many were beaten.

MILAN (AP) — Pope Francis focused his one-day visit Saturday to the wealthy northern Italian city of Milan on those marginalized by society, visiting families in a housing project and exhorting clergy and nuns to minister to the peripheries.

ROME (AP) — With Britain poised to start divorce proceedings, the 27 remaining European Union nations put pen to paper Saturday in Rome to renew their vows for continued unity in the face of crises that are increasingly testing the bonds between members.

LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands protested Saturday under sunny skies in London against plans for Britain to withdraw from the European Union.

MUNDRI, South Sudan (AP) — After months of being raped by her rebel captors in the middle of South Sudan's civil war, the young woman became pregnant.

ISTANBUL (AP) — One of the highlights at a Turkish chocolate festival has been U.S. President Donald Trump — made of cake icing. It took Turkish chef Tuba Geckil two days to make the imposing bust of Trump, clad from mid-torso in an edible jacket and striped tie.

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) —  Bulgarian nationalists kept up their protests at the Turkish border Saturday against Bulgarian citizens living permanently in Turkey who are coming in to vote in Bulgaria's election.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that the third of the 100 planes it purchased from Airbus following a landmark nuclear with world powers has joined its commercial fleet.

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Police have used tear gas to disperse an angry mob of Muslims approaching Christian homes in southern Egypt. The Friday clashes injured four policemen and seven of the Muslim villagers.

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's transport commissioner is calling for a continentwide car toll system that would enable motorists to use all European roads without having to stop at borders.

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain is urging President Donald Trump to nominate a team of senior officials at the State Department to back up new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized "a high rate" of settlement expansions in violation of international law, the United Nations said Friday.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's next leader will be chosen Sunday by an election committee stacked with pro-Beijing elites who heed the wishes of China's communist leaders rather than the semiautonomous region's voters.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Days after South Korea's president was removed from office, a ferry was lifted slowly from the waters where it sank three years earlier — a disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, and ignited public fury against Park Geun-hye and became a nationally polarizing issue.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says.

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Long before his short stints in jail turned into years behind bars, Khalid Masood was known as Adrian Elms, with a reputation for drinking and an unpredictable temper.

ROME (AP) — Posing with Pope Francis before Michelangelo's masterpiece "The Last Judgment" at the Vatican, European Union leaders started their weekend pilgrimage in Rome hoping that a visit to the cradle of their unity project could somehow rekindle the vigor of the bloc's youth.

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reached a major dam held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria Friday as Syria's U.N.