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An Iraqi Federal Police vehicle passes through a checkpoint in Qayara, some 50 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Islamic State militants have been going door to door in farming communities south of Mosul, ordering people at gunpoint to follow them north into the city and apparently using them as human shields as they retreat from Iraqi forces. Witnesses to the forced evacuation describe scenes of chaos as hundreds of people were driven north across the Ninevah plains and into the heavily-fortified city, where the extremists are believed to be preparing for a climactic showdown. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

With Kurdish Mosul Mission Complete, Iraqi Army Stalls on Entering City

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced that the battle to retake Mosul, the nation’s second-largest city, from the Islamic State has reached “an advanced stage.” Following the Kurdish Peshmerga announcement Tuesday that they had completed the mission Baghdad approved for them, however, the Iraqi army has stumbled on its way to the urban center.

Thomas Pickering, chairman of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, appears before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the Benghazi attacks in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Shadow Diplomat’ Ran Big-Money China, Russia Deals

A new report from the Center for Security Policy, called “Clinton’s Shadow Diplomat,” concerns former Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who last made the news by forgetting to mention he was getting paid by Boeing while lobbying for the Iran nuclear deal, which just happens to have facilitated a $25 billion deal for Boeing.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela’s Lawmakers to Put Dictator Nicolas Maduro on Trial

The Venezuelan National Assembly has passed a declaration demanding dictator President Nicolás Maduro appear before the legislature to defend himself against accusations of having overridden the Venezuela’s Constitution to remain in power, causing the collapse of the Venezuelan economy and using violence to suppress political dissidents.