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Syria Kurds announce start of campaign to retake Raqqa

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US -backed Kurdish-led forces on Sunday began a campaign to retake the de facto capital of the Islamic State in Syria, even as fighting still raged in a second militant stronghold in northern Iraq. The U.S. considers the Syrian Kurdish fighters to be among the most effective forces battling IS, but Turkey views them as a terror organization. "Our hope is that the Turkish state will not interfere in the internal affairs of Syria", Ahmad said at the news conference, suggesting SDF forces ... Read More »

A look at the offensive against IS-held Raqqa

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USA officials have acknowledged that ousting IS from Raqqa poses tougher political challenges than the offensive on Mosul, and have suggested the initial stage would involve isolating the city before any forces try to move in. The Royal Air Force "will support the Raqqa operation as it develops", Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said. They have deployed waves of suicide vehicle bombs, as well as mortar attacks, roadside bombs and sniper fire against the advancing troops, and officers say ... Read More »

Katy Perry joins string of stars singing praises for Hillary Clinton

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Perry notably walked onto stage as Janet Jackson's song "Nasty" - possibly in reference to Donald Trump calling Clinton a "nasty woman" - blared overhead at the Mann Center, according to TMZ . Perry was just one of several big-name musical acts hitting the campaign trail for Clinton this week. "That woman has zero chill", Rhimes said admirably on Clinton. Read More »

USA dollar jumps in Asia as Federal Bureau of Investigation clears Clinton

Northern states are the focus, with both candidates due to appear in MI and Pennsylvania . Clinton campaign said it's spending a lot of time in MI at the finish line because that's when the votes are cast. The Clinton quickly commended Comey's call. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the campaign believes if Clinton wins Nevada and MI, she "is going to be the next president of the United States". Read More »

Kaine: "If Hillary wins Florida, it's over"

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Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine rallied Wisconsin voters ahead of Tuesday's election. The Clinton campaign has yet to respond to a News Journal request for comment. To follow, much like his running mate, Kaine spent a great deal of his hour-long speech discussing the importance of education. The rocker said he has been a long-time supporter of Hillary Clinton. Read More »

No charges against Clinton after new email review

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It set off days of intense news coverage centered on the possibility that the Democratic presidential nominee could face indictment over emails discovered on a laptop belonging to former Rep. The FBI provided the emails to the State Department after uncovering them as part of its investigation of Clinton's email practices. A spokesman for Mrs Clinton's campaign team said they were "glad" that the issue had been "resolved". Read More »

M&S 'to close dozens of high street stores' in shake-up

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That will mean M&S's clothing range being sold in a substantially smaller number of shops, which one retail analyst described as "a seismic shift" for the company. It also owns more than 220 Simply Food stores with a further 350 M&S food shops owned by franchisees. In recent months M&S stores across the United Kingdom have undergone a major revamp to make improvements, shaped by feedback from more than 250,000 customers nationwide. Read More »

Court rejects bail plea of Afghan Mona Lisa ' Sharbat Gula

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Sharbat Gula was arrested October 26 for alleged forgery of a Pakistani identification card. During the bail hearing yesterday, Gula's lawyer had told the court that his client is the sole bread earner of her family and is suffering from Hepatitis C.Earlier in the week, Gula was sent to prison on judicial remand by a local court. Read More »

Teen girl dies after double stabbing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

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Abbotsford police constable Ian MacDonald says police were called to Abbotsford Senior Secondary around 2 p.m. today to reports of a man with a weapon. "Out of respect for the family, we are asking that this video not be shared further and not be broadcast", Rich said. Even then, he said, "I didn't really have any words (to describe how I was feeling)". Read More »

Clinton runs up campaign cash advantage over Trump

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Trump said his approach would create "a massive education market" and produce better outcomes than the nation's existing public education system. It's also a move to protect his own legacy. Her husband President Barack Obama won North Carolina by just 14,000 votes in 2008. Some of her mastery rubbed off on Mrs Clinton, who by her own admission is not a gifted speaker on stage, but was at her warmest ever sharing the stage with Flotus. Read More »

Donald Trump links Jewish values and Israel support in Jerusalem video

Canada, Israel and the United States are not on that body. A second UNESCO resolution , with much the same message, was passed by the World Heritage Committee on Wednesday, precipitating the letter of protest. Welcoming the passage of the resolution, Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said: "Through an orchestrated campaign, Israel has been using archeological claims and distortion of facts as a way to legitimise the annexation of occupied ... Read More »

IS 'using thousands as human shields'

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Iraqi forces, including the Iraqi army, elite counterterrorism forces and Kurdish peshmerga, have made significant progress in recapturing territory surrounding Mosul since the operation to reclaim the strategic city began on October 17. The spokesman, Air Force Col. John Dorrian, said on Friday that the pause is "widespread" and is expected to last a couple of days. The disclosure that the US was using airstrikes in an attempt to limit ISIS' ability to exploit civilians came as the Mosul ... Read More »

Turkish Prosecutors say Operation Launched Against Cumhuriyet Executives

Established by a close associate of modern Turkey's founder Ataturk, Cumhuriyet is an up-market, left-of-center, secular newspaper. The latest detentions came a day after 10,000 more civil servants were dismissed, according to Reuters, which cited the Istanbul prosecutor's office on Monday as saying government officials suspect the detained Cumhuriyet journalists of committing crimes on behalf of Kurdish militants and the network of USA -based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Read More »

Iraqi special forces join Mosul offensive against IS

Thousands of civilians have also left Mosul and crossed into Syria as coalition forces retook almost all territory south of Iraq's second-largest city away from Islamic State control. Peshmerga forces stationed on mountains north-east of Mosul descended from their positions and moved towards the frontline. The special forces advanced in some 150 Humvees decked with Iraqi flags and Shiite religious banners. Read More »

NATO allies advance plans for east Europe troop deployment

I see a Russian Federation which is more assertive, and a Russian Federation which has been willing to use force against non-Nato European countries. Stoltenberg declined to say publicly what he thought Russia's overall aims are. In September 2015, Russian Federation began aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a longtime ally, by carrying out airstrikes against Assad's enemies - which include the Islamic State and rebel forces, some of which are considered moderate by the United States . Read More »

As Trump falters, more Republicans say they'll block Clinton

Trump will continue to raise money in other ways but will spend the remainder of the campaign on the road as he trails Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in many battleground states. Democrats say the tactic is flawed because it relies on two unlikely occurrences: Republicans repelled by Trump showing up to vote anyway, or people splitting their ticket between Clinton and a GOP congressional candidate. Read More »

Pakistan beaten by India 2-3 in ACT hockey

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Instead of going direct, Aleem Bilal pushed the ball towards the left side of the goal and Haseem Khan dived to flick the ball in, to give Pakistan a well-deserved victory. Rizwan Sr had no pressure of time or space and his flash strike denied Sreejesh even the time to react. The Pakistan side displayed good team work and understanding. Read More »

Pirates free 26 sailors held for 4 years

The crew of the Naham 3 are the second longest held hostage by Somali pirates . The freed hostages will be "repatriated using a United Nations humanitarian flight shortly and then on to their home countries", Steed added. Steed said only one other group of hostages had been held longer than this one, which spent 1,672 days in captivity. A proof of life picture taken by the Somali pirates to prove the crew of the FV Naham 3 were still alive. Read More »

Duterte, Back From China Trip, Says He's Not Severing U.S. Ties

Well, that's a clear backtracking from his previous statements. " America has lost now ", he told Chinese and Philippine business leaders on Thursday. "Because all your lawyers are all stupid and idiots", Duterte said. The loss of the Philippines bases would be "a significant blow", said Manning, a former official at the State Department and National Intelligence Council. Read More »

Progress unclear after hours of US-led Syria talks in Switzerland

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The country said it was willing to give rebels a way out of Aleppo , where more than 250,000 people are under government siege. The siege has caused an worldwide outcry with a number of countries and groups accusing Syria and Russian Federation of war crimes in connection with attacks on medical facilities and aid convoys. Read More »

ISIS leader killed in Turkey, report says

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Suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border on Sunday, causing an unknown number of casualties, after police raided their sleeper cell, state media reported. The group said the fight against the Turkish-backed Syrian rebels who overran ISIS forces in Dabiq did not represent the "horde of infidels" that Abu Hurayrah spoke of 1,300 years ago, according to The Independent . Read More »

Chibok girls freed in Boko Haram prisoner swap

The Nigerian government on Thursday denied that the released Chibok girls were swapped with detained Boko Haram terrorists. The sources did not disclose the amount. It sparked one of the biggest global social media campaigns, with tweeters like Michelle Obama using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. After the 21 were released in northeastern Nigeria on Thursday, they were taken to the capital, Abuja . Read More »

Tiger Woods Admits Something Surprising About Ex Elin Nordegren

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Tiger Woods is very proud of his relationship with ex-wife Elin Nordegren. "But it's been incredible to have a best friend like that". "The " Good Girls Revolt " story of the courageous young Newsweek women who exposed discrimination will give Colbert and his TV audience something to cheer about", Norton said. Read More »

Canada annual inflation 1.3 pct in Sept, food price gains cool

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Meanwhile, Statistics Canada reported on Friday that the ticked up 0.1% in September, disappointing expectations for an increase of 0.2% and after a 0.3% slip the previous month. Food prices had risen sharply since the middle of 2015 due to the plunging Canadian dollar increasing costs for a whole host of imported produce. Grocery store food prices saw the first decline since March 2008 as the index fell 0.9%. Read More »

Hurricane Matthew Drenches Florida, Still Yet to Make Landfall

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In Florida, a 58-year-old woman in St. Lucie County died this morning after she suffered cardiac arrest and medical personnel were unable to reach her. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, according to the NWS. Hillary Clinton has already applied for an extension but Republican Governor Scott has refused amid concerns that only the Florida legislature has the power to grant one, ruled previously by the Supreme Court. Read More »

More Brexit fallout: Ben & Jerry's pulled from shelves

The dispute between Tesco and one of the world's biggest consumer goods companies means popular products such as Persil washing powder, PG Tips tea bags and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spread, are not now available on Tesco's website, the country's largest online grocer. Read More »

Jean Alexander, who played Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden, dies aged 90

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She played Howard's aunt in Last Of The Summer Wine for two years as a guest role, before then returned to the show in 1992 as a regular cast member, a role she would keep until the show was cancelled in 2010. Jean Alexander has died today in Southport in the UK. People took to Twitter to remember the hilarious actress who was one of the cornerstones of Coronation Street . Read More »

Ban welcomes reported release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria

The Nigerian government has denied that prisoners were exchanged. The parents came from around the remote northeastern town of Chibok, from which almost 300 girls were kidnapped in an April 2014 mass abduction that shocked the world. The girls were released Thursday and flown to Abuja , Nigeria's capital. In addition to those that had escaped from bondage, efforts of the Nigerian military and other relevant agencies paid off with 21 of the kidnapped girls released two days ago. Read More »

Social Security recipients to get tiny increase in benefits

Inflation was so low a year ago there was no increase at all. The formula for raising the level of taxable earnings is based on wage growth, while cost-of-living adjustments are based on price growth. A member of the Senior Citizens League, Mary Johnson says that many people are digging through their retirement savings at a faster rate. "And then the price of fuel the price of food has gone up so we don't get anything", said Dora Inman. Read More »

Aide: Trump will accept results if no 'overwhelming evidence' of fraud

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Donald Trump's campaign manager has acknowledged he may need a "comeback" to win the USA election as the candidates prepare for tonight's third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas. During the debate, Trump was asked if he would accept the election results, to which he replied: "I will look at it at the time". "This time it undermined the fundamental process of our democracy, and why can't you expose that to the light of reason?" During the vice presidential debate, he even ... Read More »

Verizon to report third quarter earnings before the bell

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A number of Reuters analysts recently commented on the stock. According to the 7 analysts covering the shares, the consensus price target stands at $6.657. The scale is on a 1 to 5 basis where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. 07/27/2016 - Verizon Communications Inc. had its "neutral" rating reiterated by analysts at UBS. Read More »

Stop clowning around: Surrey Police warn 'creepy clowns' will be arrested

There has been a rise in the number of incidents since September 30, with reports to police of people dressed as clowns to scare people. "Not only could they by committing a public order offence, which will see police action, their actions could cause delays for other emergencies requiring police attendance". Read More »