IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault


The US has sent 400 additional troops to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the so-called Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.

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Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions faces Senate vote


The US Senate Judiciary Committee is to vote on President Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

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Israel-Palestinian conflict: France holds world summit


A major international conference to try to kick-start peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians is under way in the French capital, Paris.

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Afghanistan Kabul mosque suicide attack kills dozens


A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people at a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

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Hurricane Matthew: Matt Drudge conspiracy comments kick up storm


that the warnings over Hurricane Matthew are a government conspiracy to make “an exaggerated point on climate” change.

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Florida sinkhole causes huge waste water leak into aquifer


About 980 million litres of contaminated water have leaked into Florida’s main underground source of drinking water, state officials say.

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Hinkley Point: UK approves nuclear plant deal


The government has given the go ahead for a new £18bn nuclear power station in the UK after imposing “significant new safeguards” to protect national security.

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Russian hackers leak Simone Biles and Serena Williams files


The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has condemned Russian hackers for leaking confidential medical files of US Olympic athletes.

Athletes affected include tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and gymnast Simone Biles.

A group calling itself “Fancy Bears” claimed responsibility for the hack of a Wada database.

Wada said in a statement that the cyber attacks were an attempt to undermine the global anti-doping system.

The hackers accessed records detailing “Therapeutic Use Exemptions”, which allows the use of banned substances due to athletes’ verified medical needs.

‘Compromising trust’ 

Russia’s track and field team were banned from the Rio Olympics over an alleged state-backed doping programme.

“Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia,” Wada director-general Olivier Niggli said.

Fancy Bears pledged to release confidential records from other national Olympic teams.


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Paris climate deal: US and China announce ratification


The US and China – together responsible for 40% of the world’s carbon emissions – have now both ratified the Paris global climate agreement.

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Landmark US commercial flight lands in Cuba


A US commercial flight has arrived in Cuba for the first time in more than half a century.

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