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Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of the fight against Islamic State, said in a statement Tuesday that the battle for Raqqa is expected to be long and challenging, but necessary to dismantle the militants' so-called caliphate. The observatory said the push followed heavy coalition air strikes overnight. It was one of the twin pivots of IS's so-called "caliphate", with Mosul in neighbouring Iraq - where US-backed forces are also bearing down on the jihadists.
  • Oil eases on oversupply, but Mideast tension and falling US stocks support

    Oil eases on oversupply, but Mideast tension and falling US stocks support

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    Those are expected to show that crude stocks shed 3.14 million barrels last week while gasoline stores were reduced by 275k barrels. Benchmark Brent crude oil rose 41 cents a barrel to US$49.88. The cartel and Russian Federation last month agreed to extend a deal to cut their collective production by 1.8 million barrels a day. The contract fell 26 cents to $47.40 on Monday, the lowest close since May 10.
  • Blast near Afghan mosque kills 7

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    At least 10 people were killed and several injured in a bomb explosion near a mosque in Herat in Afghanistan . President Ghani says he has already shown part of his strategy by bringing Gulbuddin Hekmatyar , the former strongman who was outside of the country for so long, and thousands of his fighters.to a political process.
  • Pentagon says US base in Qatar not affected

    Pentagon says US base in Qatar not affected

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    Qatar has also been criticised for supporting Islamist rebels in Syria, and in 2013, the Afghan Taliban opened a Doha office. In an interview with BBC News, the Qatari foreign minister Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani said his country is the victim of collective punishment from the other countries and that there's no evidence to support Trump's tweets pointing the finger at Qatar on Tuesday.
  • Myanmar military plane with 104 aboard goes missing

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    Myeik, also known as Mergui, is a city in southeastern Myanmar on the Andaman Coast. It said Myanmar had received the plane in March previous year, and since then it had logged 809 flying hours. The plane was bought in March 2016 and had a total of 809 flying hours. All five crew died when an air force plane burst into flames soon after taking off from the capital Naypyidaw in February past year.
  • Vladimir Putin: I don't have bad days like women do

    Vladimir Putin: I don't have bad days like women do

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    The first two hour-long episodes, made available to Bloomberg , are set to air June 12-15. Putin took advantage of the occasion to show Stone a live broadcast with the work of the Syrian combat aircraft on his smartphone. Stone asked Mr Putin: "In a hot war is the U.S. dominant?" 'There are no restrictions whatsoever, ' Putin replied, before contrasting Russian Federation with some Islamic countries where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.
  • Twin attacks on Iran parliament and Khomeini shrine, 1 dead

    Twin attacks on Iran parliament and Khomeini shrine, 1 dead

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    The attacks began midmorning when assailants, armed with Kalashnikov rifles and explosives, stormed the parliament building. "The fact that Islamic State has claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack", said the statement, published by Iranian media.
  • Police arrest 17th person in Manchester bomb investigation

    Police arrest 17th person in Manchester bomb investigation

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    Police officers gather on a street near a property that they raided in the Moss Side area of Manchester on 27 May 2017. A 24-year-old man is the 17th person to be detained in connection with last month's Manchester bombing. Hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes and workplaces while bomb disposal experts examined a white Nissan Micra, before it was towed away.
  • Donald Trump pushes Gulf unity in call with Saudi king

    Donald Trump pushes Gulf unity in call with Saudi king

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    Qatar hosts the largest U.S. military base in the entire a Middle East - the Al Udeid Air Base - a facility that serves as the regional headquarters for U.S. Trump later spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman and stressed the need for Gulf unity, a senior White House official said. Qatar also ended up pressuring Hamas to end its war with Israel in 2014, although not without a lot of cajoling from the United States and others, and not without encouraging it first - which may be one of the ...
  • Gunshots inside Iran's parliament; attack at Khomeni shrine

    Gunshots inside Iran's parliament; attack at Khomeni shrine

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    Four attackers have been killed and the fate of four reported hostages is unclear. "Fighters from Islamic state attacked Khomeini's shrine and the Iranian parliament in Tehran ", the news agency said. Attacks are highly rare in Tehran and other major cities though a Sunni militant group named Jundallah and its splinter group Ansar al Furqan have been waging a deadly insurgency, mostly in more remote areas, for nearly a decade.
  • Trump Signs Waiver to Delay Moving US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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    The move, which the White House said was made in an effort to spur peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials, was expected but breaks with a promise Trump made during the 2016 campaign. Israel has controlled the entirety of Jerusalem since the 1967 Six-Day War and claims it as their capital, though that isn't recognized on the worldwide stage.