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Iraq advances on ISIS stronghold
Iraqi forces have started an operation to retake the ISIS stronghold of Falluja with the help of Iraqi and coalition air support, Iraqi military spokesman Yahya Rasoul said on Iraqi state TV.



Why Falluja matters
Falluja has a long history of bloody battles and is a hotbed of Sunni insurgent groups.

Photos: The battle for Falluja
Iraqi security forces and supporting militias have retaken the key town of Karma from ISIS, the government's first significant victory in its push to recapture Falluja, a spokesman for Iraq's Joint Operations Command said Thursday, May 26.

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Could gorilla have been saved too?
Shortly after zookeepers shot and killed a rare gorilla to save a boy who had entered its enclosure, many are questioning whether death was the only option.

Gorilla drags boy in moat
A 4-year-old boy came face to face with a 400-pound lowland gorilla after falling into an exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.



Stupidity cited in croc attack
A 46-year-old woman is feared dead after being attacked by a crocodile while swimming with a friend on a beach in far North Queensland in Australia.

Kidnapped soccer player rescued
Mexican footballer Alan Pulido, who was kidnapped along with his girlfriend Saturday night, has been rescued by Mexican authorities and is safe, according to a statement from the local Tamaulipas government.

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Transgender man dies after attack
A Vermont transgender man died on Sunday from injuries suffered in a beating that's being investigated as a possible bias incident, Burlington Police said.

Hostage: 'Last chance' to help me
A photo of a Japanese hostage in Syria holding up a sign which reads, "Please help me," and "This is the last chance," along with his name in Japanese has emerged about two months after he was last seen in what appeared to be a hostage video.



Boy left in forest as punishment
Rescue teams are searching for a seven-year-old boy missing for two days on a mountain range in Japan, after his parents abandoned him "as punishment."

NBA player shot, killed
New Orleans Pelicans player Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot in Dallas early Saturday, Dallas police department spokesman Demarquis Black said.

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Gunmen shoot at police helicopter
At least one person was killed when two gunmen armed with high-powered rifles opened fire in a Houston neighborhood and also took aim at a police helicopter on Sunday.

Sanders gets farmworker lesson
As the political calendar slows this Memorial Day weekend, Bernie Sanders is full steam ahead in California, where he has spent the past two days learning about farmworker conditions in the central valley of California, already incorporating his concerns into his stump speeches at his crowded rallies.



New independent candidate soon?
Donald Trump took aim Sunday night at Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol, who suggested on Twitter that news of an "impressive" independent conservative presidential candidate is forthcoming.

Libertarians choose nominee
Libertarians on Sunday selected former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as their party's presidential nominee, at their party convention in Orlando, Florida.

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Trump kisses, Obama hugs
Take a look at the week in politics from May 22 through May 28.

Syria peace negotiator quits
The Syrian opposition's chief peace negotiator, Mohammad Alloush, has resigned over the failure of peace talks to end the country's civil war.



700 migrants missing at sea
At least 65 migrants have died from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea in the past week. And with hundreds still missing, officials fear the death toll could soar above 700.

6 die in record flooding in Texas
Six people have died in flood-related incidents in southeast Texas after the region was inundated with rain, authorities said.

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Computer glitch fixed at JFK
Computer problems are causing massive delays at one of the nation's largest airports during one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.

Memorial Day: What you need to know
Only one holiday honors fallen American veterans, evokes family barbecues and marks the unofficial start of summer.



Mountaineer dies skiing on Denali
A Czech mountaineer died after falling about 1,500 feet while skiing down Denali, officials said Sunday.

Beloved college football coach dies
After a decade of battling Parkinson's disease, beloved college football coach Don Horton died Saturday morning according to his wife.

Podcast favorites: Bernie gets the Axe | Radical Islam in America | Graham Opposes GOP Leader



'Glee' actor indicted on porn charges
Actor Mark Salling, best known as Noah Puckerman on "Glee," has been indicted on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography, authorities say.

Dad attacked over girl in men's room
A Utah father says he was physically attacked for bringing his 5-year-old daughter into the men's room with him.



NASA's retro guide to future living
It's early evening and you're with friends, enjoying a drink or two. The sun is shining after all and it's been a long week.

Giant sea creature discovered
There are countless creatures on Earth that man has yet to discover.

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Shark attacks boy off Florida
A 13-year-old boy was hurt badly in a shark attack at a Florida beach on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Mars, Earth get really close
It's a great time to get a close-up look at Mars, even if you don't have a telescope.



Lost hiker: 'When you find my body...'
Geraldine Largay knew she was so very lost that the chances of her making it out of the thick Maine woods were gone.

Dreaded superbug found in U.S. woman
A 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman showed the presence of a rare kind of E. coli infection, the first known case of its kind in the United States. It is a superbug that is resistant to many antibiotics, even Colistin, which doctors use as a last resort when other antibiotics fail.

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Why some couples have more sex
If researchers seem a bit, well, voyeuristic with regard to people's sex lives, there's good reason for it: In heterosexual marriages, the happier people are with the sexual lives, the happier they are with their relationships. And if you want to know how much a newlywed couple is enjoying and having sex — and really, who doesn't — then look at their personalities.

Tell us about your hero
It's the tenth anniversary of CNN Heroes! And again this year, CNN encourages you to tell us about these everyday people changing the world -- by nominating them at CNNHeroes.com. Taking a few minutes to share their story with us could propel them to worldwide recognition.



America's top weapons buyer is ...
With the end of the U.S. arms embargo, Vietnam will join a long list of international recipients of American armaments.

Town split over school desegregation
A short jaunt east of the former railroad tracks that used to divide black and white in this town, you could hear cousins Lindell Little and Vell Mays cutting up as Little worked on his bicycle.

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Your bridges are crumbling
Nearly 60,000 bridges across the country are in desperate need of repair.

Check out Obama's post-presidential pad
President Barack Obama will lease a home in Washington, D.C.'s Kalorama neighborhood after he leaves the White House next year, CNN has confirmed.

What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu
June is feeling hot, hot, hot with all the streaming options.

The week in 33 photos
Take a look at 33 photos of the week from May 20 through May 27.

Check out Obama's post-presidential pad
President Barack Obama will lease a home in Washington, D.C.'s Kalorama neighborhood after he leaves the White House next year, CNN has confirmed.

Harvard grad's speech goes viral
Harvard University has called 2016 graduate Donovan Livingston's spoken-verse commencement speech "one of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear!"

War hero was a stranger in his own land
Jesse Leroy Brown was hurtling over the North Korean countryside in his Corsair fighter 17 miles behind enemy lines when he discovered that he was in trouble.

'Black Hawk' pilot: 'In my mind, I was dead'
Black Hawk pilot Michael J. Durant recounts the day he was captured and held hostage in 1993 and talks about how that experience has shaped who he is today.

100 moments from the Iraq War


Where and when did Memorial Day start?
Only one holiday honors fallen American veterans, evokes family barbecues and marks the unofficial start of summer.

Bourdain's 'enchanting' visit to Senegal
We live in a time I never thought I would live to see, where, in the United States of America, a nation founded on the principles of religious freedom, we are actually having a national conversation, in public, about the efficacy of banning an entire strata of humanity from our shores on the basis of their faith.

8 dazzling reasons to visit Senegal


Bourdain on how Senegal is unique in Africa
Find out why Senegal turns simple-minded assumptions and prejudice on their heads. "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

A little Senegalese in your American food?
On the next episode of "Parts Unknown" Anthony Bourdain heads to Senegal. He retraces the roots of some familiar American cuisine. Tune in Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

What it means to serve in the U.S. military
Jessica Gray stands tall and strong, wearing her late husband's Army T-shirt. His wedding ring rests on a chain around her neck, as her arms wrap tightly and emotionally around the folded American flag that was draped over his coffin just a few months earlier.

Why China is moving millions to cities


The forgotten children of war


'An outsider on the inside'


What the U.S. military did this month
More than 1.3 million people serve in the five branches of the U.S. armed forces. Add in civilian employees from the U.S. Department of Defense, and you get the world's largest employer: 3.2 million employees, according to the World Economic Forum. Take a look at some of the things the military been doing in the past month.

700+ migrants missing, feared dead
At least 65 migrants have died from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea in the past week, and officials fear that number could soar above 700.

Depp ordered to stay away from Heard
A Los Angeles judge granted Amber Heard a temporary restraining order Friday against husband Johnny Depp, whom she claims has been abusive.

Remember Youssif? He's a teenager now
Nearly a decade ago, 4-year-old Youssif sullenly pushed grains of rice through his lips in the kitchen of our Baghdad bureau.

Chinese kids descend terrifying cliff face to school
Some kids will do anything to get out of school. Others risk their lives to get there.

Waves threaten Easter Island statues
Higher waves caused by a warming planet are chipping away at platforms that have supported some of the famous statues on Easter Island for more than 500 years, according to a United Nations report on cultural heritage sites and climate change.

Chinese firm apologizes after detergent ad
A Chinese firm is apologizing after its seemingly racist ad went viral.

Obamas to live here after White House
President Barack Obama will lease a home in Washington, D.C.'s Kalorama neighborhood after he leaves the White House next year, CNN has confirmed.

What's streaming in June on Netflix and more
June is feeling hot, hot, hot with all the streaming options.

'Saved by the Bell' star back in jail
Actor Dustin Diamond, best known for playing the role of Screech on the 1990s high school comedy "Saved by the Bell," has been arrested in Ozaukee, Wisconsin on a probation hold, according to the Ozaukee County Jail.

Trump, actor reignite feud?
Feud between "Ali G" and Donald Trump reignites. CNN's Jeanne Moos revisits "The Donald's" walk-off.

Clinton attacked over 1975 rape case defense
Hillary Clinton stands by her defense in the 1975 sexual assault case she represented after Donald Trump supporters hurl accusations. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

  
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