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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister's office said the Turkish military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces on Wednesday launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants.
The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games, with officials promising smooth sailing after Rio's sometimes shaky 2016 instalment. After stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike held the flag at a ceremony at the city's Haneda airport. "I strongly feel a heavy responsiblity" for the next Olympics, Koike told the crowd.