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Fighting fires in the West...Dozens of Iraqi troops killed... Fleeing Iraqi Catholics get help

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 6:41 p.m.



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TWISP, Wash. (AP) — There's no letup in the wildfires that are burning across the drought-plagued West. The massive wildfires expanding across north-central Washington continue to grow. The Okanogan (oh-kah-NAH'-guhn) Complex of wildfires, where three firefighters died on Wednesday, now covers 355 square miles. Officials are even training volunteers to help fight the stubborn blazes.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Up to 50 Iraqi soldiers are dead after two separate ambushes in Anbar Province, the turbulent region west of Baghdad. That's according to a top provincial official who says the attacks by Islamic State militants took place Friday west of the provincial capital, Ramadi. The Islamic State group controls about a third of Iraq, including much of Anbar.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California nonprofit is running an "underground railroad" to assist Chaldean Catholics fleeing the turmoil in Iraq. Thirty-two year old Mark Arabo tells The San Diego Union-Tribune that he founded the Minority Humanitarian Foundation out of impatience with Washington's inability to deal with the crisis created by Islamic State militants.

ARRAS, France (AP) — Authorities in France are interrogating a 26-year-old Moroccan man who was subdued by three Americans on a high-speed European train Friday. The French interior minister says the gunman had been placed on a security watch list after Spanish authorities alerted French intelligence in February 2014 that he "belonged to the radical Islamist movement."

LONDON (AP) — British police say seven people were killed when a fighter jet taking part in an airshow crashed into a busy main road on Saturday. The plane, which was participating in the show near Brighton, hit several vehicles. West Sussex Police say another person is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. An additional 14 people were treated for minor injuries.

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