29 June 2017
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Children lead the way as Raqa families escape jihadists

Trapped in their homes in Raqa and running out of supplies, Ahmad Shaabu, his family and their neighbours were increasingly desperate. It was the children who finally helped them to escape.

Messi's star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know

Football and showbiz stars will gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America's celebrity wedding of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Iraq

In Mosul, ghostly civilians emerge from Old City hell

They all say they are back from "hell". Quivering and emaciated, the civilians emerging from Mosul's Old City have survived famine but often lost relatives and sometimes their sanity.

Iraq forces advance in west Mosul

Iraqi forces are making swift progress in west Mosul, officers said Tuesday, retaking several neighbourhoods on their way to a final showdown with jihadists in the Old City.

Grief and anger

Main forest fires in Portugal under control

The main forest fires that have raged in Portugal since the weekend, killing more than 60 people, were brought under control on Thursday, the civil protection agency said, but grief and anger smouldered across the country.

Germany

Family spat tarnishes mourning for Germany's Kohl

Helmut Kohl was the «chancellor of German unity» but a week after his death, a family spat has cast a glaring spotlight on deep divisions and a looming battle over his legacy.

Great Britain

Theresa May will meet EU leaders for the first time since her Conservative party unexpectedly lost its majority

May to confront Brexit worries at EU summit

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May will try Thursday to convince European leaders she can still push through Brexit despite being badly weakened by an election bet that turned sour.

EU could pay Brexit bill to Britain: Johnson

The European Union could end up paying a Brexit bill to Britain instead of the other way round, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told The Daily Telegraph in an interview on Saturday.

Syrian crisis

Syrian residents of the rebel-held town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus break their fast with the "iftar" meal on a heavily damaged street on June 18, 2017, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan

In Syria's besieged Douma, Ramadan meals among the ruins

The scene in Syria's besieged rebel-held town of Douma is almost surreal -- tables laden with food to break the Ramadan fast are surrounded by the crumbling carcasses of bombed-out buildings.

Deal reached to evacuate rebel-held Damascus district: SANA

Syria's government has reached a deal with rebels in the Qabun neighbourhood of Damascus for the evacuation of opposition fighters, Syrian state media and a monitor said on Saturday.

Anniversary

Looking back: The Hong Kongers who left

In the years leading up to the return of Hong Kong to China by Britain in 1997, thousands of residents fearful of the future under Beijing jumped ship to start a new life abroad.

Defense

NATO holds first war games on vulnerable Baltic corridor

NATO has held its first war games focused on defending the Suwalki Gap, a land corridor critical to the security of its Baltic allies, officials said Monday, amid tensions with Russia.

Economy

Shots fired in Australia's war on food waste

Australia's first recycled supermarket is giving food destined for landfills a second chance, as the government embarks on a major push to cut down on waste costing the economy Aus$20 billion (US$15 billion) a year.

First events for the victims of the attacks

Bloody London, flowers and messages: the London lament

Just past the areas affected by the attacks and closed to the public to allow police relief, the first flowers and messages appeared to the victims of the London attacks. The attack on London Bridge, costing at least 7 people and causing 48 injured, some of which are in serious condition, is the third terrorist attack in less than three months.

Trump Administration

Israeli joy at Trump visit, but substance lacking

Israeli right-wingers celebrated US President Donald Trump's visit after he made no mention of the two-state solution, but a lack of specifics on how he would resolve the conflict with the Palestinians raised concerns.

Israel dismisses US concern over embassy move to Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday challenged US concerns over moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, in what Haaretz newspaper called his «first public dispute» with the Trump administration.

Middle East

Donald Trump welcomed by Abu Mazen in Bethlehem

President of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, welcomed US President Donald Trump in Bethlehem. After the handshake, the hymns were executed and the two leaders withdrew to the palace of the Palestinian Authority President for a meeting, which ends with a joint press point.

Palestine president in India ahead of Modi Israel trip

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas landed in New Delhi late Sunday for a three-day visit looking to strengthen ties with India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic trip to Israel.

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Usain Bolt confirms he is in final season of «wonderful career»

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt insists this «emotional» season will indeed be his last, bringing the curtain down on a glittering career which galvanised track and field at a time of doping and corruption scandals.

Loew celebrates 100th victory

Germany coach Joachim Loew celebrated the 100th victory as coach of the German soccer team. The record was collected thanks to the victory against Cameroon in the Confederations Cup in Russia. Loew is the leader of the German team with 150 games and has always reached at least the semifinals of each tournament in the last decade.

The Magic of the «Scarlett Vele», a dream night in St. Petersburg

Fireworks for a dream night for Russian maturines. The evening of «Scarlet Vela» was celebrated in St. Petersburg, an event celebrated in the Russian city each year at the end of June during the white nights. This holiday is devoted to high school graduates and inspires Alexander Grin's novel.

Russell Crowe to lead new Asian film jury in Australia

Hollywood star Russell Crowe will chair a jury to decide the best Asian production at Australia's annual film awards this year, which will recognise excellence in Asian movie-making for the first time.