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Review: little danger from banned countries...Iraq advances in Mosul...32 dead in Syria attacks

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 4:40 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Homeland Security Department intelligence review concludes there's little terrorist danger from citizens of any of the seven Muslim-majority countries caught in President Donald Trump's travel ban. The president imposed the ban because he thinks otherwise. A homeland spokeswoman says the review isn't done.

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — A commander on the scene says Iraqi forces are very slowly gaining ground against Islamic State fighters in western Mosul. But he says the fighting has been fierce and that IS has responded with car bombs, snipers and dozens of armed drones.

BEIRUT (AP) — The death toll as gone up following twin attacks in the central Syrian city of Homs. Officials say the attacks on two Syrian security offices killed at least 32 people, including a senior security official who heads the feared Military Intelligence services. An al-Qaida-linked insurgent coalition claimed responsibility.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina remains under fire for its so-called bathroom bill and other conservative policies with the latest salvo coming from the NAACP. The civil rights organization has called an economic boycott, urging religious conferences, athletic events and musicians to take their business elsewhere.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Oscar-nominated Iranian film director has sent a video message to a rally attended by celebrities and top talent agents intended to thank the Hollywood community for its support during his boycott of the awards ceremony because of President Donald Trump's travel ban. Asghar Farhadi says trump's policies are "trying to promote hate."

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