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Obama’s White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa. Trump’s team took a brief look and decided not to pull the trigger.

Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, …

Netherlands moves on abortion funding after Trump reinstates 'gag rule'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Dutch government says it wants to help set up an international abortion fund to help families across the world after US President Donald Trump reinstated the so-called Mexico City policy.<p>On Monday, Trump signed an executive order, widely known as the "global gag rule," which bars …

How Russia sold its oil jewel: without saying who bought it | Reuters

MOSCOW/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - More than a month after Russia announced one of its biggest privatizations since the 1990s, selling a 19.5 percent stake in its giant oil company Rosneft, it still isn’t possible to determine from public records the full identities of those who bought it.<p>Russian …

Parliament must vote before UK can trigger Brexit, top court rules | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can formally start Britain’s exit from the European Union, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, giving lawmakers who oppose her Brexit plans a shot at amending them.<p>A “straightforward” bill will now be rushed to …

Pakistan's Moenjodaro is crumbling away | Pakistan

<b>Moenjodaro, Pakistan</b> <b>-</b> The walk through Moenjodaro is lonely. Apart from the three accompanying officials, and workers helping with preservation, there are no other people in sight. The wind picks up at intervals, blowing sand around. Stray dogs meander on to the path.<p>It is hot, nearly 51 degrees …

Donald Trump names Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

Donald Trump has formally announced Rex Tillerson, Exxon-Mobil chairman and chief executive, as his nomination to serve as secretary of state.<p>According to the New York Times, citing "people familiar with the president-elect's final choice", former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, retired General …

Kim Kardashian was always destined to marry Kanye West - but now they could be set to divorce

It took two failed marriages before Kim Kardashian found the love of her life - but is it all over now?<p>Sources are claiming that Kim has been plotted …

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'Sextortion': NCA releases awareness video

The National Crime Agency believes so-called sextortion is significantly under-reported and has released a video to raise awareness.<p>Sextortion is a form of blackmail where criminals use fake identities to befriend victims online before persuading them to perform sexual acts in front of their webcam.<p>…

Chapecoense air crash: Colombia plane 'ran out of fuel'

<b>Colombian authorities say evidence is growing that a plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed because it ran out of fuel as it tried to land.</b><p>The plane had no fuel on impact, an official said, corroborating audio of the pilot asking to land because of a fuel shortage and electric failure.<p>The …

The Pakistan army chief who waged war on Islamist militants is stepping down. His successor will deal with Trump

His stern, mustachioed face stares out from posters pasted to the backs of transport trucks. He's the most discussed personality on political talk shows. A Twitter hashtag credits him with improving everything from national security to Pakistan's performance in cricket.<p>Gen. Raheel<p>Sharif, Pakistan’s …

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2016: Inside the world of $3million bras and 7 foot wings

<i>As the 2016 Victoria's Secret show airs on 4 Music tonight at 8pm, The Telegraph's Bethan Holt reports on the surprising spirit of camaraderie and aspiration she witnessed at the annual lingerie extravaganza...</i><p>"That was the happiest thirty minutes of my life," beamed the man sitting behind me as …

Even dissidents hold back as Castro's death casts a pall over Cuba | Reuters

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba’s most prominent dissident group called off its weekly protest march for the first time in 13 years on Sunday following the death of its nemesis Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader whose passing has cast a pall over the island.<p>Fidel Castro attends manoeuvres during the XX …

Cubans, world commemorate Fidel Castro's life and death

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cubans will celebrate Fidel Castro's life at mass gatherings this week as the Caribbean country highlights the path Castro took during the revolution he embodied six decades ago.<p>The funeral for the longtime leader will be next Sunday, December 4, at Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de …

Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at 90

Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died on Friday. …

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