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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — An alleged chemical attack in Iraq's second largest city has prompted a warning from the United Nations. The U.N. says that, if confirmed, chemical attacks would be a war crime and a serious violation of international humanitarian law. The allegations surfaced earlier this week when doctors in an urgent care hospital in the nearby city of Irbil said they began receiving patients showing symptoms of chemical weapons exposure on Thursday.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — There are conflicting versions today of the incident in western Afghanistan that killed at least eight Afghan civilians, including four children. Afghan officials say the attack was a roadside bomb explosion, while family members say it was an airstrike. There have been several clashes in the area between armed insurgents and security forces.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan re-emphasized its crackdown on Islamic extremists today with the execution of 10 men convicted in a series of bombings and shooting attacks since 2003 that killed a British tourist, an outspoken critic of Islamic extremism and members of the Jordanian security forces. It was the largest round of executions in recent memory, and the first since pro-Western Jordan launched the crackdown.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans on Monday to provide amended testimony regarding his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential election. In a statement Friday, Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said Sessions will also respond to questions raised by Democratic senators. Sessions has recused himself from any probe that examines alleged Russia connections.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Keystone XL oil pipeline won't use American steel in its construction, despite what President Donald Trump says. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that's due to language in a presidential directive Trump issued in January. The directive applies to new pipelines or those under repair. Sanders said Keystone is already under construction and the steel has been acquired.

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