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June 22, 2017 8:46 AM Syria: France's Macron no sees no clear successor for Assad

PARIS (AP) - President Emmanuel Macron says France is no longer pushing for the departure of Syrian President Bashar Assad, a shift in French policy throughout the Syrian war. Macron said in an interview with eight European newspapers published on Thursday that he wants to work more closely with Russia for a solution in Syria and says foreign powers 3

June 22, 2017 4:39 AM Council chief resigns amid Grenfell Tower criticism

The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has quit after a barrage of criticism for its response to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. Nicholas Holgate said the Communities and Local Government Secretary had “required the leader of the council to seek my resignation” on Tuesday. He added in a statement that he would have been a “distraction 5

June 22, 2017 12:07 AM Australia says to resume air strikes in Syria after Russia threat

SYDNEY, June 22 (Reuters) - Australia said on Thursday it would resume air strikes into Syria, ending a two-day suspension implemented after the downing of a Syrian military aircraft triggered a Russian threat against Washington-led coalition planes. Russia said on Monday it would treat U.S.-led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria 3

June 21, 2017 9:25 PM Funeral held for Grenfell victim Mohammad al-Haj Ali

The first person named as a victim of the Grenfell Tower disaster has been laid to rest after a packed funeral service today. Mohammad al-Haj Ali was remembered as "a loving and caring person" in a tribute from his family after the emotional service. The Syrian refugee, aged 23, had come to the UK to build a new life but instead died in the fire after 6

June 21, 2017 3:40 PM Russian defence minister's plane 'buzzed' by Nato jet

A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say. They say the incident happened in international airspace over the Baltic when Sergei Shoigu was flying to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Nato later said it had tracked Russian planes but they did not identify 11

June 21, 2017 3:36 PM Monitoring group: Turkey bolsters its troops in north Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian activists say Turkey has sent reinforcements into northern Syria, possibly in preparation for battles Ankara is anticipating with local Kurdish forces. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a column of armored vehicles was deployed to the Syrian towns of Azaz and Marea on Wednesday. The towns, held by Turkey-backed 4

June 19, 2017 12:52 AM US fighter jet shoots down a pro-Assad military plane after the Syrian government bombed American-backed fighters

A US warplane shot down a pro-Assad military aircraft that dropped bombs near American-backed fighters in Syria, the Pentagon said. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces shot down the regime's aircraft flying over Ja'Din, south of Tabqa, Syria, on Sunday afternoon - making it the first time that a US-led coalition has shot down a pro-Assad aircraft 6

June 18, 2017 11:00 PM US fighter jet SHOOTS DOWN Syrian warplane in clash with Putin and Assad

A US fighter jet has shot down a Syrian attack plane in a new clash between Donald Trump and the alliance of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad. US military bosses have confirmed their F/A-18 fighter jet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 attack plane over Syria. Air force commanders accused the plane of dropping bombs on US-led coalition fighters of the rebel 8

June 18, 2017 8:43 AM Iraq: The battle for Mosul

Key dates in the Iraqi offensive to recapture Mosul, the country's second biggest city, from the Islamic State group (IS) jihadists who seized it in June 2014. - October 17, 2016: Iraqi forces launch the assault. It was in Mosul in July 2014 that IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance, to urge Muslims worldwide to move to the recently 6

June 16, 2017 7:36 AM Russia claims IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi killed in airstrike

If confirmed, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's death would mark a significant military achievement for Russia. Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was killed on 28 May along with other senior group commanders, according to the Russian defence ministry. The strike targeted an IS meeting in Raqqa as senior commanders gathered to discuss the group's withdrawal from the de facto 11