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Battle 'over' against Islamic State in Raqqa

Battle 'over' against Islamic State in Raqqa

World
Military operations have ended against Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, say the Syrian Democratic Forces.Clearing operations were continuing to flush out the remaining fighters and locate landmines and booby traps.Dozens of fighters were making a last stand in the city's stadium - also being used as its weapons' store - and some may still be holed up in its warren of tunnels.About 100 fighters are left in the city, the US military estimated.:: Raqqa 'broken in every sense' after IS occupation:: The rise and fall of Islamic State in RaqqaEarlier on Tuesday, the SDF said they had killed 22 fighters as they captured the city hospital, being used by IS as its headquarters.The US-backed SDF is made up mainly of Kurdish fighters, but also Arab and other militias.It has been battl...
'Final' battle to oust IS fighters from Raqqa

'Final' battle to oust IS fighters from Raqqa

World
US-backed fighters say they are engaged in a "final" battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, the extremist group's de facto capital in Syria.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurds, say jihadists are still putting up resistance in a number of neighbourhoods in their one-time stronghold and the fighting could take hours or days.It comes amid reports the city could be "liberated" by Sunday.Around 100 IS fighters have surrendered in the past 24 hours and were "removed from the city", said a spokesman for the US-led coalition.Video:British fighter: UK must do more against ISSyrian IS fighters and their families have left Raqqa and buses arrived to evacuate foreign fighters and their families under a deal brokered by the SDF, the coalition and IS.The Kurdish YPG militia ...
Mel B's sex video battle: Spice girl begs judge to hold divorce case in PRIVATE

Mel B's sex video battle: Spice girl begs judge to hold divorce case in PRIVATE

Entertainment
GETTYDIVORCE: Mel B has begged a judge to hold her case in privateThe troubled Spice Girl made the plea after learning estranged hubbie Stephen Belafonte aims to enter 54 videos – including at least one sex tape – as evidence.Her lawyers claim the court “has a duty” to shield Mel’s three children “from being exposed to any explicit material he intends to air”.In new legal papers, her lawyers say the best way to ensure that is for the trial to be “sealed”.The public would be excluded and the media restricted from reporting salacious details.GETTYCOUPLE: Mel and Belafonte had their latest hearing on Friday “He wants them both deposed” SourceThe judge is likely to deliver his decision early next month, when the warring couple are due to appear together in court.Mel an
San Diego steps up containment battle as hepatitis A outbreak kills 16

San Diego steps up containment battle as hepatitis A outbreak kills 16

Health
Private cleaning crews and public health workers are mobilized on the streets of San Diego, working to stop a hepatitis A outbreak that has claimed at least 16 lives so far. San Diego city and county officials said they are collaborating on solutions to the aggressive outbreak –- with at least 421 known cases in San Diego county, including 292 hospitalizations and 16 deaths, since last November. They have stepped up containment plans, which now include everything from street cleaning and vaccination to distributing flyers and possible temporary housing for the California city’s homeless, who have been hard-hit by the virus. "We must continue to work collaboratively to stop this crisis and save lives," San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer said in a statement today. On Monday, the city of
England win tense battle with France to reach World Cup final

England win tense battle with France to reach World Cup final

Sports
World Cup semi-final: England v FranceEngland (3) 20Tries: Bern, Jones Cons: Scarratt 2 Pens: Scarratt 2France (3) 3Pen: IzarWorld champions England will defend their title against New Zealand after a powerful second-half display saw them overcome France to reach the final.A tight first half saw the sides reach the interval at 3-3 after Shannon Izar cancelled out Emily Scarratt's penalty.England upped their game in the second period and Scarratt edged them back in front with her second penalty.Prop Sarah Bern drove over for a converted score to move England clear before Megan Jones' last-gasp try.They will now play New Zealand on Saturday at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast, kick-off 19:45 BST, in a bid to retain the title they won against Canada in 2014.Four-time champions the Black Ferns ...