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Beyond Raqqa, an Even Bigger Battle to Defeat ISIS and Control Syria Looms

BEIRUT, Lebanon — American-backed forces have begun an assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State’s hub in northern Syria, and signs are that they could capture the long-sought target with relative ease. Yet the militant group’s commanders, who have already withdrawn their toughest forces from the city, …

Middle East

Calling Comey a Liar, Trump Says He Will Testify Under Oath

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday accused James B. Comey, the fired F.B.I. director, of lying under oath to Congress, saying he would gladly provide sworn testimony disputing Mr. Comey’s charge that the president forced him out because of his handling of the investigation into the Trump …

Donald Trump

Hundreds descend on Parliament to protest Theresa May's DUP deal

Several hundred protesters gathered in central London to voice their anger at Theresa May's attempt to form a government through an alliance with the …

Downing Street

US-backed SDF opens two fronts on ISIL-held Raqqa

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have broken into the western part of ISIL's stronghold Raqqa, opening a second front inside the northern Syrian city.<p>The SDF, a US-backed group of Kurdish and Arab militias, said on Saturday that they had captured the western district of al-Sabahia, …

Middle East

Gavin Barwell appointed Theresa May's chief of staff

Former housing minister who lost his London seat on Thursday will replace Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill<p>Read live updates on the aftermath of the general election<p>A former minister who lost his seat in the general election has been appointed Theresa May’s new chief of staff.<p>Gavin Barwell was ousted …

United Kingdom

Qatari capital brims with fear, uncertainty and resilience as Arab crisis intensifies

DOHA, Qatar — Hanan bought extra suitcases on Friday. The Egyptian doctor, who has lived in this energy-rich nation for four years, had already gone to her bank and transferred some of her savings to Egypt. And she went to her children’s schools to get their academic records.<p>She’s taking them — and …

Saudi Arabia

Forget religion: DUP’s support for Tories is about the money

The ultra-conservative DUP will strike a hard bargain with Theresa May’s Conservatives but won’t foist militant Protestantism on Westminster<p>Theresa May’s desperate search for an ally has seen the Democratic Unionist party come under scrutiny as never before. The DUP is a remarkable organisation – a …

United Kingdom

Theresa May's top advisers quit after UK election shock

<b>London (CNN) —</b> British Prime Minister Theresa May appears to have begun a purge in her party after shock election results threw the future of her leadership in doubt.<p>May's co-chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, announced their resignations Saturday on the Conservative Home political blog. …

Downing Street

U.S. joins battle as Philippines takes losses in besieged city

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - U.S. special forces have joined the battle to crush Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town, officials said on Saturday, as government forces struggled to make headway and 13 marines were killed in intense urban fighting.<p>The Philippines …

Middle East