US-backed forces poised for assault on last IS bastion in east Syria

US-backed forces poised for assault on last IS bastion in east SyriaNEAR AS-SUSAH (Syria) (AFP) – Fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces sing for courage as they ready for battle, this time for an assault on the Islamic State group’s last stronghold in the country’s east. The US-backed SDF and their American advisers have been grouped on the outskirts of the village of As-Susah on the east bank of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor province. After a salvo of outgoing fire, thick columns of smoke rise from As-Susah, which along with the town of Hajin and other nearby villages make up IS’s last enclave in eastern Syria.


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Trump, Cohen have backed away from Stormy Daniels' hush-money agreement. What now?

  1. Trump, Cohen have backed away from Stormy Daniels’ hush-money agreement. What now?  USA TODAY
  2. The Latest: Trump lawyer: Stormy Daniels’ deal isn’t valid  Washington Post
  3. Michael Cohen Wants Stormy Daniels To Return The Hush Money, According To A New Court Motion  Bustle
  4. Michael Cohen seeks to tear up Stormy Daniels deal, wants money back  CNN
  5. Trump Joins Cohen in Asking to Rescind Hush Agreement With Stormy Daniels  Wall Street Journal
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Russia-backed leader of separatist east Ukraine region reportedly killed in blast

Russia-backed leader of separatist east Ukraine region reportedly killed in blastThe leader of Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine has been killed in a blast at a cafe in Donetsk city, the separatist administration said on Friday. Alexander Zakharchenko, who led the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic since 2014, died “as a result of a terrorist act”, the separatist-run Donetsk News Agency reported. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it had every reason to believe Kiev was responsible for Zakharchenko’s death, RIA news agency said. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Zakharchenko’s death showed that Kiev had decided to engage in a “bloody fight” and had passed up on its promises of seeking peace, RIA reported. Russian-backed rebels threw off Ukrainian central rule in an armed uprising after pro-Western leaders opposed by Moscow came to power in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in 2014. Zakharchenko, a 42-year-old former coalmine electrician, became leader of the Donetsk Republic in November 2014. Other rebel leaders say he was handpicked for the role by Moscow. A vote held by separatists confirmed him in office. The separatists have blamed Ukraine for previous attacks inside rebel-held territory. The separatists have been dogged by infighting that has, on occasion, turned violent. Several past leaders of the separatists have fled the region, saying they feared for their lives after their comrades turned on them. 


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Liberal Democrat and Trump-backed Republican to face off for Florida governor

Liberal Democrat and Trump-backed Republican to face off for Florida governorGillum, 39, will square off in November against Republican U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis, a conservative who won his primary by touting his closeness to Trump, in one of the country’s top governor’s races. The November battle between progressives and conservative Trump Republicans will be closely watched by both parties for clues about the mood of voters and messaging ahead of 2020, when Trump could be seeking re-election against a liberal Democrat.


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