CNN returns to a city destroyed by years of brutal ISIS rule

CNN returns to a city destroyed by years of brutal ISIS rule

Those spikes still protrude from the square’s perimeter fence, a chilling reminder of ISIS’ barbaric reign over Raqqa that lasted nearly four years. But little else in this Syrian city has survived. ISIS declared Raqqa the capital of its envisaged caliphate, and for that reason it has been one of the most bombed-out places in the international fight against the group. CNN returned to the city on Thursday and walked through a landscape transformed — piles of gray concrete rubble and charred, hollowed-out buildings have replaced homes and schools. You…

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'Rubbish': Bishop denies she damaged Australia's relationship with New Zealand

'Rubbish': Bishop denies she damaged Australia's relationship with New Zealand

Updated October 19, 2017 23:47:12 Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has rejected suggestions she trashed the trans-Tasman relationship when she launched a scathing attack on the New Zealand Labour Party earlier this year. In August, Ms Bishop accused New Zealand Labour of colluding with the Australian Labor Party to dig up information on Barnaby Joyce’s dual New Zealand citizenship. On Thursday New Zealand Labour won office after New Zealand First leader Winston Peters threw his support behind the party to form a coalition government. Ms Bishop was quick to congratulate the…

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4 soldiers dead. A chaotic scene. Few answers

4 soldiers dead. A chaotic scene. Few answers

Mattis is dismayed at the lack of detailed information he has received about about the attack, but there is no indication he is trying to unduly hurry the investigation being carried out by US Africa Command, according to all three officials — all of whom are in a position to have knowledge of how Mattis views the situation. “This was a hard fight, this was a very tough fight,” Mattis told reporters last week — providing little detail about what multiple US officials have described to CNN as a scene…

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$250k reward offered in 'baffling' death, disappearance case

$250k reward offered in 'baffling' death, disappearance case

By James Carmody Posted October 19, 2017 20:06:02 Photo: Ms Roberts says the Government is happy to offer the reward. (ABC News: James Carmody) Related Story: Bones identified as missing prospector Raymond Kehlet Related Story: Fresh search for missing WA prospector Jennie Kehlet The WA Government is offering a $250,000 reward for information to solve the mysterious death of Perth man Raymond Kehlet and the disappearance of his wife Jennie in 2015. The body of Raymond Kehlet, 47, was found in an abandoned mine shaft near the remote Mid West…

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Jacinda Ardern to become NZ Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern to become NZ Prime Minister

Soon after the decision was announced, Ardern said it was an “absolute honor and a privilege … to form a government for all New Zealanders,” and said in NZ First, Labour has found “true allies in parliament” to deliver their vision for the country. Speaking to reporters at the New Zealand Parliament, known as the Beehive, Peters was scant on details about the agreement with Ardern’s party, but hinted he could become deputy prime minister. His announcement was greeted with shock and elation in Labour Party headquarters, according to CNN…

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