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US-backed Syria force advances against IS in Tabqa: monitor

Birut - A US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance is advancing against the Islamic State group in the key town of Tabqa near the jihadist bastion of Raqa in northern Syria, a monitor said Sunday.

Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to Washington

Washington - US President Donald Trump invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to Washington in a "friendly" call in which the leaders discussed the "threat" of North Korea, the White House said.

Morocco's Christian converts emerge from the shadows

Agadir - Moroccans who secretly converted to Christianity are demanding the right to practise their faith openly in a country where Islam is the state religion and "apostasy" is condemned.

'Tontine' microcredit helps Senegal women do business

Ta - After months of waiting, 50-year-old Ndeye Khari Pouye has finally won the "cagnotte de la tontine", a precious jackpot to help feed her chickens and maintain her livelihood.

Trump cuts spark fears of global tax war

Paris - Donald Trump's plans to slash corporate taxes in the United States have sparked concerns of a new global fiscal race to the bottom, possibly involving a wave of negative social consequences, experts say.

China targets debt risks, but does it mean business?

Shanghai - China has launched perhaps its most concerted push yet to clean up a toxic brew of unregulated and risky lending increasingly viewed as a threat to global financial stability, but do authorities really mean business this time? Analysts don't think so.

Ukraine clings to nuclear power despite Chernobyl trauma

Kiev - Ukraine is still suffering from the trauma of the world's worst civil nuclear accident at Chernobyl but has nonetheless turned the hazardous fuel into the backbone of its energy portfolio.

Philippines' Duterte gives China free pass over sea row

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte failed to condemn China's push to control most of the disputed South China Sea on Sunday after hosting a regional summit, handing Beijing a political victory.

Op-Ed: Eleven Syrian Kurds reported killed in clash with Turks

Turkish president Recep Erdogan claimed that the Turkish southern border region with Syria had come under mortar fire the last two days and Turkish forces were responding as necessary.

Italy's Renzi likely to win Democratic Party election

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is poised to win the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) in a primary election Sunday, propelling him back to the forefront of the national political scene.

French election: what you need to know

Paris - Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron will take on far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second-round run-off of France's presidential election on May 7.The pair topped the polls in the first round of voting on April 23.- Why is the election important?

Macron, Le Pen offer sharp contrast in visions for France

Paris - The battle to become France's next president boils down to a sharp clash of contrasting visions.In one corner is centrist Emmanuel Macron, with his pro-globalisation, pro-EU world view.

Polar opposites: The issues that divide Le Pen and Macron

Paris - Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who go head-to-head in the second round of France's presidential election on May 7, are diametrically opposed on issues ranging from immigration to Europe to gay marriage.

Fort McMurray recovery from 2016 forest fire plods along

Fort Mcmurray - A few late-season snowflakes flutter over Fort McMurray, their whiteness contrasting against surrounding forests blackened one year ago by the most destructive wildfire in Canadian history.

Trump hails first 100 days in office, says 'battles' ahead

Harrisburg - Donald Trump hailed a "very productive" first 100 days as America's president, telling a roaring crowd of supporters other "great battles" ahead would be won.

Joshua knocks out Klitschko to unify heavyweight title

Heavyweight rising star Anthony Joshua remains unbeaten in 19 pro fights after knocking out heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko in the penultimate round of their title fight Saturday at the Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom.

Review: Anchor Down Seafood Bar & Grill is an excellent restaurant Special

Merrick - Anchor Down Seafood Bar & Grill, located in Merrick on Long Island, is a fantastic seafood restaurant. Digital Journal has the scoop.

CDC working to keep yellow fever vaccine from running out

It has been a year since the Zika outbreak hit the U.S. and now, health officials are worried about fighting another mosquito-borne virus - Yellow fever. And the U.S. supply of vaccines is due to run out by mid-summer.

Opposition presses for fresh marches in Venezuela

Caracas - A top Venezuelan opposition figure called on Saturday for more marches aimed at taking back the courts and the National Electoral Council that he said had been "hijacked" by President Nicolas Maduro.

Eight military personnel die in Cuba plane crash

Havana - A plane crash in western Cuba on Saturday killed eight military personnel, the ministry in charge of the island's armed forces said.
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