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WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired general who is a staunch critic of the Obama administration's handling of global affairs has been offered the job as national security adviser to President-elect Donald Trump. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn built a reputation in the Army as an astute intelligence professional. He believes the U.S. must be more aggressive toward the Islamic State group.

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The weather delay has ended and Iraqi troops are on the move again, albeit slowly, in their effort to snatch Mosul from Islamic State group extremists. Airstrikes, automatic fire and artillery shattered the dawn and one soldier was reported killed. Civilians could be seen fleeing the fighting. IS is offering stiff resistance and claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed 10 people in Fallujah.

BERLIN (AP) — Pressing issues of globalization and trans-Atlantic cooperation are on the agenda as leaders of key European countries, along with President Barack Obama, meet in Germany. The talks come largely in the context of what the election of Donald Trump will mean to efforts to seek peace in Ukraine and Syria, the strength of the NATO alliance, trade agreements and efforts to fight climate change.

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — The fallout from the diesel emissions scandal is landing on Volkswagen employees. The car maker says it will shed 30,000 jobs to cut costs as it tries to recover and invest more in electric-powered vehicles and digital services. Company officials said at a news conference at headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, that 23,000 of the job cuts will come in Germany.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists say they are cautiously hopeful after finding that what once was a ghost town of dead coral in the Pacific isn't quite so dead after all. A year ago about 85 percent of the coral was dead, 10 percent was sick and bleached and only 5 percent was doing OK. Scientists found this month that 6 to 7 percent of the coral is alive and not bleached. The say it's a fragile situation but a positive one.

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