Raqqa: Secret video shows ISIS losing grip on its 'capital'

Raqqa: Secret video shows ISIS losing grip on its 'capital'

A closer look shows this is a city under threat — tarpaulins along streets hide the movements of fighters from surveillance drones and sandbags outside buildings might offer some protection from a blast from the sky or ground. For this is not any normal city — this is Raqqa, the heart of ISIS’s attempt to build its own state or caliphate. And it is crumbling. Just the fact that activists filmed the secret footage now obtained exclusively by CNN is perhaps the most telling sign that the self-proclaimed capital of…

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Australian filmmaker questioned over links to opposition, not drone, in 'spying' case

Australian filmmaker questioned over links to opposition, not drone, in 'spying' case

Posted June 27, 2017 16:02:53 Photo: James Ricketson (left) was making a documentary on former opposition leader Sam Rainsy. (Supplied) Related Story: Australian filmmaker befriended the poor and irritated the powerful in Cambodia Australian documentary filmmaker James Ricketson has been questioned over his links to the political opposition in Cambodia. Ricketson was arrested on June 3 and later charged with espionage. Photographs in a government-aligned newspaper of Ricketson flying a drone over an opposition rally led to speculation his detention was linked to illegally operating the craft. Photo: Photographs of…

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Serena Williams demands 'respect' after John McEnroe says she'd struggle playing men

Serena Williams demands 'respect' after John McEnroe says she'd struggle playing men

Updated June 27, 2017 13:02:37 Serena Williams has no interest in John McEnroe’s thoughts on what would happen if she tried to play on the men’s tennis tour. Williams used Twitter to respond to comments McEnroe made during a weekend interview on a US radio station to promote his latest book. McEnroe, a former world number one and a seven-time major winner, said there was “no question” Williams was the best women’s tennis player in history. But when asked whether she was the sport’s best ever, regardless of gender, he…

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Hong Kongers look for an exit 20 years after handover to China

Hong Kongers look for an exit 20 years after handover to China

Then a British colony, the city became home to a huge number of refugees fleeing Communism in the 1960s and 1970s. Now 39, Tam says he’s ready to make another escape, 20 years after the UK handed sovereignty over the city to China. While Hong Kong is one of the most affluent cities in the world, he says it’s now in the throes of its own political upheaval. “I want to see if I can do the same for my family (as my father did for us),” he says. “I’m…

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Military exercises have made Darwin a planespotter's paradise

Military exercises have made Darwin a planespotter's paradise

Posted June 27, 2017 09:47:03 Photo: Military aircraft have been a common sight in Darwin’s skies over the past four weeks. (Supplied: Department of Defence) Braving sunburn and insect attack, people from all walks of life have been gathering at the end of Darwin Airport’s runway to catch a glimpse of magnificent military machinery. The city’s skies have been abuzz with military aircraft during the past four weeks, as the Air Force tested personnel and machinery during Exercise Diamond Storm. Director of the exercise Group Captain Timothy Alsop told ABC…

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