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Syrian army advances against IS in Deir Ezzor province

Meanwhile, the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have also been advancing in the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS, capturing 60 percent of it since launching an offensive two and a half months ago. The SDF is mostly on the river's north and east bank, where Raqqa lies. The strategic territory is also seen as a prize by advancing Syrian troops, but an agreement between regime ally Russian Federation and the US-led coalition is expected to keep the rival assaults from clashing.



North Korea missile tests "not a threat" - Japan

South Korea's Yonhap news agency and Japan's Kyodo news service said it may have been a ballistic missile, without citing a source. US and South Korean troops have practiced land, sea and air exercises over the 10-day exercise. The North's provocation was immediately reported to President Moon Jae-in, added the JCS. While the USA and South Korea have proceeded with the military exercise despite North Korea's warning, not that the superpower US could call it off as it would be ...



What you need to know for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards

The latest example came Thursday, when CNN reported MTV had reached out to military personnel and invited transgender troops to attend Sunday night's Video Music Awards . Lamar was born and raised in Compton, Calif., which is just a few miles south-east of Inglewood. There will be several viewing options available for anyone who hopes to watch the Red-Carpet arrivals, which begin at 6:15 p.m.


Californians Rally Against White Supremacy in Berkeley

Californians Rally Against White Supremacy in Berkeley

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin urged counter-protesters to stay away. The left-wing group By Any Means Necessary, which has been involved in violent confrontations, had vowed to shut down the rally at Civic Center Park. The San Francisco Bay Area is considered a cradle for freedom of speech, and police in San Francisco have traditionally given demonstrators a wide berth.


NJ woman among thousands stranded by Hurricane Harvey on cruise ships

NJ woman among thousands stranded by Hurricane Harvey on cruise ships

A Carnival Cruise Line ship in Galveston Harbor. "Instead of putting our friends and family in danger, we're just going to stay on the ship and make it back to Houston or Galveston when we can". "The next scheduled voyages for Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor will be shortened with itineraries to be determined", the cruise line said.


Mariner's head to NY for Player's Weekend

Mariner's head to NY for Player's Weekend

Photo Sonny Gray allowed just three hits in seven innings to improve his record with the Yankees to 2-3. The Mariners are the first team to commit five errors in an inning since the 1977 Cubs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The teams play the series finale at 10 a.m. Sunday. Starlin Castro hit a two-run single in the seventh for a 6-1 lead. He had already driven in a run in the second.