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MO­SUL, IRAQ» Iraq’s prime min­is­ter on Tues­day con­grat­u­lated his fighters on “the big vic­tory in Mo­sul” — even as fight­ing with Is­lamic State mil­i­tants con­tin­ued in Mo­sul’s Old City neigh­bor­hood where Iraqi forces are about 250 me­ters from the Ti­gris River and fac­ing in­creas­ingly fierce re­sis­tance.

Haider al-Abadi spoke dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Bagh­dad, less than a week af­ter he de­clared an end to the Is­lamic Stat­estyled caliphate af­ter Iraqi forces achieved an in­cre­men­tal win by re­tak­ing the land­mark al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City.

Law­suit seeks to void Ge­or­gia con­gres­sional elec­tion re­sults.

Ge­or­gia’s elec­tronic touch­screen vot­ing sys­tem is so rid­dled with prob­lems that the re­sults of the most ex­pen­sive House race in U.S. his­tory should be tossed out and a new elec­tion held, ac­cord­ing to a law­suit filed by a gov­ern­ment watch­dog group and six Ge­or­gia vot­ers.

A judge in June threw out a re­lated law­suit ear­lier that at­tempted to force Ge­or­gia to use pa­per bal­lots.

Illi­nois se­nate over­rides ve­toes. SPRING­FIELD,

ILL.» The Illi­nois Se­nate voted Tues­day to over­ride Gov. Bruce Rauner’s ve­toes of a $36 bil­lion bud­get pack­age fu­eled by a $5 bil­lion tax in­crease de­signed to start dig­ging out of the na­tion’s deep­est bud­get cri­sis since at least the Great De­pres­sion.

The Demo­cratic-con­trolled cham­ber com­pleted its work within 30 min­utes of the Repub­li­can gov­er­nor’s ve­toes, send­ing the pack­age back to the House for an over­ride vote that would give Illi­nois its first an­nual bud­get since 2015.

Se­na­tors visit troops in Afghanistan.

Sen. John McCain, an Ari­zona Repub­li­can, led a group of se­na­tors to Pak­istan and Afghanistan for the hol­i­day week­end. They vis­ited a mil­i­tary base in South Waziris­tan and met with Pak­istani lead­ers in Is­lam­abad be­fore trav­el­ing to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Demo­cratic se­na­tors El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts and Shel­don White­house of Rhode Is­land along with Repub­li­can se­na­tors Lind­sey Gra­ham of South Carolina and David Per­due of Ge­or­gia joined McCain on the trip.

Vat­i­can ac­knowl­edges prob­lems at “pope’s hos­pi­tal.” VAT­I­CAN CITY»

The Vat­i­can sec­re­tary of state ac­knowl­edged Tues­day that there were prob­lems at “the pope’s hos­pi­tal” for chil­dren in the past, but said the new ad­min­is­tra­tion is mak­ing a “se­ri­ous ef­fort to re­solve them.”

Car­di­nal Pi­etro Parolin said some of the prob­lems iden­ti­fied by cur­rent and for­mer Bam­bino Gesu Pe­di­atric Hos­pi­tal staff in 2014 were “truly un­founded.” But for prob­lems that were ver­i­fied, “there was an at­tempt, and there is cur­rently an at­tempt and se­ri­ous ef­fort to re­solve them,” he said.

Parolin was re­spond­ing to an As­so­ci­ated Press in­ves­ti­ga­tion that found un­der its pre­vi­ous 2008-15 ad­min­is­tra­tion, the mis­sion of the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal had shifted to fo­cus more on prof­its than on its young pa­tients.

5-year-old killed play­ing with gun. LOUISVILLE,

MISS.» Mis­sis­sippi au­thor­i­ties say a 5-year-old boy was killed when a gun went off while he and his 6-yearold brother played with it.

Win­ston County Coro­ner Scott Gre­gory tells The Clar­ion-Ledger the boys’ fa­ther and grand­fa­ther were asleep af­ter work­ing night shifts when the gun went off Tues­day af­ter­noon. The boy was hit in the head and died in­stantly.

Auschwitz Memo­rial con­demns video. NEW OR­LEANS»

Of­fi­cials at the Auschwitz-Birke­nau Memo­rial and Mu­seum have crit­i­cized a Louisiana con­gress­man for nar­rat­ing part of a five-minute video from in­side a for­mer gas cham­ber at the Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp in Poland.

Louisiana news out­lets re­port that in the video, Repub­li­can U.S. Rep. Clay Hig­gins says the gas cham­ber killings took only about 20 min­utes and show why the U.S. mil­i­tary “must be in­vin­ci­ble.”

Com­mis­sion votes to change street names.

HOL­LY­WOOD, FLA.» In a con­tentious meet­ing span­ning three hours, the Hol­ly­wood City Com­mis­sion voted Mon­day to be­gin the process of chang­ing the streets named af­ter three Con­fed­er­ate gen­er­als that lie in the heart of the city’s AfricanAmer­i­can neigh­bor­hood.

In­tense fight­ing at Syria’s Old City wall.

The Old City wall of Syria’s Raqqa that was the scene of in­tense fight­ing Tues­day in the bat­tle against the Is­lamic State group was once a tes­ta­ment to the golden age of Is­lamic civ­i­liza­tion.

The 1,300-year-old struc­ture was breached by U.S.-backed Syr­ian op­po­si­tion forces try­ing to cap­ture Raqqa who brought the fight closer to the heart of the city.

Prince’s for­mer drum­mer dies. TAMPA, FLA.»

One of Prince’s drum­mers, 43year-old John Black­well Jr., has died in Florida.

Black­well’s wife, Yar­itza, said in a post Tues­day on his In­sta­gram ac­count that he died “peace­fully.” Black­well was Prince’s drum­mer for more than a decade.

The Hills­bor­ough County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice did not re­spond to a mes­sage seek­ing con­fir­ma­tion of Black­well’s death.

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