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Islamic State launches counter-attacks on U.S.-backed forces, Syrian army

The Islamic State group launched a counter-attack against fighters trying to capture the Syrian city of Manbij on Monday, inflicting heavy casualties on the U.S.-backed forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the militants said. The monitor said the militants won back three villages south of the besieged city …

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Britain’s rival EU camps resume campaign as polls show momentum for ‘In’

Campaigning for Britain’s vote on EU membership resumed on Sunday after a three-day hiatus prompted by the killing of a pro-EU lawmaker, but pledges of a more respectful tone were quickly tested by a fresh row over immigration. Three opinion polls ahead of Thursday’s vote showed the ‘Remain’ camp recovering …

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China foreign minister urges U.S. not to interfere with Tibet in call to Kerry

The United States should not interfere in China’s internal affairs on matters related to Tibet, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call on Saturday. According to an account of the call posted on the Chinese foreign ministry website, Kerry reaffirmed that …

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Obama, despite dissent on Syria, not shifting toward strikes on Assad

The U.S. administration sought on Friday to contain fallout from a leaked internal memo critical of its Syria policy, but showed no sign it was willing to consider military strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces called for in the letter signed by dozens of American diplomats. Several U.S. officials …

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Russia strikes U.S.-backed rebels in Syria: U.S. official

Russia carried out air strikes on Thursday in southern Syria against rebels battling Islamic State, including forces backed by the United States, a senior U.S. defense official said, adding Washington would raise the matter with Moscow. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, strongly criticized the Russian strikes near …

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NATO approves keeping expanded Afghan basing, in nod to long fight

The NATO alliance agreed on Wednesday to hold onto its broad geographic layout of bases in Afghanistan, a move that could make it easier for the United States to keep more troops there as Kabul struggles with a resurgent Taliban threat. President Barack Obama has planned to slash the number …

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Chinese spy ship shadows U.S., Japanese, Indian naval drill in the Western Pacific

A Chinese observation ship shadowed the powerful U.S. aircraft carrier, John C. Stennis, in the Western Pacific on Wednesday, a Japanese official said, joining warships from Japan and India in drills close to waters Beijing considers its backyard. The show of American naval power comes as Japan and the United …

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Knifeman kills Paris policeman and partner, Islamic State claims responsibility

A knifeman stabbed a French police chief to death in front of his Paris suburb home late on Monday and his partner’s body was found inside, officials said, killings the Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said were carried out by a “fighter” belonging to the militant group. The unidentified attacker …

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Orlando gunman likely ‘radicalized’ through internet, U.S. says

U.S. authorities said on Monday they had found no direct links between Islamic State militants and the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, describing him as a homegrown extremist who was inspired by radical Islamist groups. Omar Mateen, the perpetrator of the worst mass shooting …

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Bomb blast in central Beirut aimed at bank: minister

A bomb exploded outside the headquarters of Lebanese Blom Bank in central Beirut on Sunday, causing damage but no fatalities, the interior minister said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The Lebanese banking sector has been at the centre of an escalating crisis since the United States passed a …

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