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US-backed force takes 90% of Syria's Raqa from IS: monitor

US-backed fighters have captured 90 percent of the Syrian city of Raqa from the Islamic State group after overrunning five strategic neighbourhoods, a monitor said on Wednesday. "Because of the heavy (US-led) coalition air strikes, IS...Show More Summary

Afghanistan arms civilians to protect mosques during holy month

Afghanistan is arming hundreds of civilians nationwide to help protect mosques during one of the holiest months on the Islamic calendar after several deadly attacks on Shiite religious sites. The government's move comes as it considers...Show More Summary

UK growth will trail Italy, France and Germany next year, says OECD

Pound’s Brexit slide has pushed up inflation and dampened purchasing power, says forecast Italy, France and Germany will grow faster than Britain next year as Brexit uncertainty continues to weigh on consumer confidence and deter much-needed...Show More Summary

French press review 20 September 2017

French Socialists may be forced to sell their Paris headquarters to make ends meet. There'll be 10 billion human beings by the year 2050, unless Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart act on some of their belligerent threats. And a Paris laboratory is trying to find out why some people talk in their sleep.

Coalition wrangling looms for Merkel after German poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel may be on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, but exactly what Germany's next government will look like is anyone's guess as thorny coalition talks loom. Despite having a double-digit poll lead,Show More Summary

Trump's fiery UN address redefines US role in the world

President Donald Trump's debut speech at the United Nations featured saber-rattling aplenty, but it also showed glimmers of a Trump doctrine that could transform America's place in the world. It was described by one observer as a "42-minute tweetstorm" and by another as president George W. Show More Summary

Major Australia terror attack 'inevitable', top cop says

A major attack in Australia is "inevitable", one of the nation's top counter-terrorism police officers said Wednesday, warning that "anything can happen at any time". Australian authorities say they have prevented 13 terror attacks on...Show More Summary

First wave of refugees to US from Pacific camps imminent

A first wave of refugees will leave remote Pacific detention camps and be resettled in the United States in coming weeks, Australian authorities said Wednesday, under a deal that has rankled President Donald Trump. Canberra sends asylum-seekers...Show More Summary

Maria lashes US Virgin Islands as Puerto Rico prepares for impact

Hurricane Maria slammed into the US Virgin Islands Tuesday, lashing the archipelago with rain as Puerto Rico braced for the Category Five storm's expected landfall on Wednesday. On St John Island, which was also battered by Hurricane...Show More Summary

Egypt's Sisi urges Palestinians to unite, co-exist with Israel

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday urged Palestinians to unite and "be ready to co-exist" in peace with Israelis, in his address to the United Nations. Speaking a day after a first meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...Show More Summary

Spike in asylum seekers illegally entering Canada

The number of asylum seekers illegally entering Canada from the United States increased by more than six times in July and August compared to previous months, official data showed Tuesday. Canada's immigration ministry said more than...Show More Summary

Manafort calls for leaks probe after CNN wiretap story

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort called Tuesday for a federal investigation into leaks after CNN reported he had been wiretapped by the FBI in a national security probe. In a rare statement while he is under investigationShow More Summary

Hollywood stars, ex-spies launch Russia investigation campaign

"We have been attacked. We are at war," says Morgan Freeman. He adds: "This is no movie script." In a video that shot across social media Tuesday, the star of dozens of big-screen hits lent his solemn, trust-inducing voice to a new campaign...Show More Summary

Google and Facebook among tech giants Theresa May will order to remove extremist content

PM will use a UN forum to claim progress in removing terror-related posts from social media

British kayak adventurer slain in Brazil's Amazon

Brazilian police said Tuesday that a British woman missing during an attempt to paddle the entire Amazon by kayak has been murdered and that three people are in custody. The Amazonas state police force said a 17-year-old suspect hasShow More Summary

Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds call off referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday demanded that Iraqi Kurds call off a weekend referendum on independence, hinting at consequences if they go ahead. "Steps such as demands for independence that can cause new crises and conflicts in the region must be avoided. Show More Summary

Israel's Netanyahu vows to fight 'Iranian curtain'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Tuesday to fight an "Iranian curtain" descending on the Middle East, pledging not to allow Tehran to establish a permanent presence in Syria. "From the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean,...Show More Summary

Mexico City shaken by 7.1 magnitude quake

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, destroying buildings and causing an unknown number of casualties on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The quake sowed panic in the sprawling city of 20 million people, many of whom have memories of the quake 32 years ago that killed some 10,000 people in Mexico City. Show More Summary

Tillerson raises 'troubling allegations' with Suu Kyi

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Myanmar leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi on Tuesday to urge her government to address "deeply troubling allegations of human rights abuses and violations." More than 400,000 members of Myanmar's Rohingya...Show More Summary

Puerto Ricans brace for 'worst storm in last century'

Puerto Ricans scrambled Monday to board up windows and get last minute supplies as a potential catastrophic Hurricane Maria headed toward the US commonwealth two weeks after it was raked by Hurricane Irma, "I'm not denying I'm scared. Show More Summary

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