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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit, a witness said, to obstruct an assault by Shi'ite militia fighters and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns.

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The head pastor of a Canadian church who failed to return from a humanitarian mission to North Korea is now being held by authorities in the secretive state, a church spokeswoman said on Thursday.

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's prime minister has chastised her coalition partner for describing Ukraine's economy as on the brink of disintegration and suggesting Poland could face a flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees across its frontiers.

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's schools are failing to educate and empower young people to reject deep-rooted gender stereotypes and embrace equality, an expert said, pointing to recent findings highlighting "regressive" attitudes toward women.

KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and another wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east, military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of increasing violations of a ceasefire deal.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Warplanes from Libya's internationally recognized government carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport on Thursday just hours before United Nations-backed peace talks were due to start in Morocco.

YANGON (Reuters) - Baton-wielding police beat demonstrators showing their support for students blocked from marching into Myanmar's largest city on Thursday, arresting eight and forcing many to flee, activists and witnesses said.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has asked YouTube to remove all links to a controversial documentary about the gang rape and murder of a woman in Delhi after banning its broadcast, a government official told Reuters on Thursday.

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a breakfast forum in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification.

RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia's king and Gulf Arab foreign ministers in Riyadh on Thursday to reassure them that a possible nuclear deal with old adversary Iran would not damage their interests.

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