Syria war: US-backed forces 'surround IS in Raqqa'

Image caption The SDF group says the city centre is completely besieged US-backed forces say they have fully encircled Islamic State fighters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the capital of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, say they have now sealed off escape routes to … Read more

Chechen gang guilty of Nemtsov's murder

Europe Europe Europe A Russian court has found the main suspect in the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov guilty.Zaur Dadayev shot the former deputy prime minister, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, in February 2015 near the Kremlin.He and four other ethnic Chechens on trial were allegedly promised $250,000 (£192,000) to kill Nemtsov.The … Read more

Merkel: Hamburg G20 to focus on Paris climate deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresident Trump says the Paris climate accord “disadvantages” USGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has said this year’s G20 summit will focus on furthering the aims of the Paris climate deal – putting her on a direct collision course with Donald Trump.Mrs Merkel told the German parliament she was … Read more

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