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US-Backed Militias Claim Big Advance Against IS in Syria's Tabqa
U.S.-backed militias said on Sunday they had made a big advance in Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, in their campaign to drive Islamic State from its stronghold of Raqqa, 40km (25 miles) downstream. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab militias, will wait to assault Raqqa until it seizes Tabqa, its military officials have previously said, but it had made only slow progress since besieging the town early this month. In a... | 30-Apr-2017 12:37

Ancient Gold Angkorian Jewelry to Return to Cambodia From London
A set of ancient Angkorian gold jewelry that found its way to a London art dealership will be returned to Cambodia after the government intervened to stop a planned sale. The Jonathan Tucker Antonia Tozer Asian Art dealership listed the jewelry in its online catalog, according to a statement from Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. The ministry petitioned the dealership in November to return the Angkorian artifacts. They originated in the Khmer empire, a power in... | 30-Apr-2017 11:21

Swiss Climber Steck Dies in Fall Near Everest
Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck was killed Sunday in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest in Nepal, expedition organizers said.   Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks said Steck was killed at Camp 1 of Mount Nuptse. His body has been recovered from the site and been taken to Lukla, where the only airport in the Mount Everest area is located.   It was not clear how Steck died but he was planning to climb 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) Mount Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse... | 30-Apr-2017 11:08

US Marines Return to Helmand
The U.S. Marine Corps has returned to Helmand, the restive province in southern Afghanistan where it fought years of bloody battles with the Taliban, to help train Afghan forces struggling to contain the insurgency. Many of the 300 Marines coming to Helmand as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support training mission are veterans of previous tours in the province, where almost 1,000 coalition troops, mostly U.S. and British, were killed fighting the Taliban. Marines face tough... | 30-Apr-2017 10:53

10 Years Later, Parents of Missing British Girl Hopeful
The parents of Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old British girl who vanished during a family vacation to Portugal in 2007, say they are still hopeful they will one day be reunited with their daughter as they mark the 10th anniversary of her disappearance.   In an interview with the British media released Sunday, the McCanns said they felt encouraged by progress British police have made in the case in the past five years.    Scotland Yard said last week that, a decade later,... | 30-Apr-2017 10:01

Texas Tornado Leaves Deaths, Dozens Injured
Fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit a small city in East Texas, authorities said.   Canton Fire Department Capt. Brian Horton said during a news conference late Saturday that “a number of fatalities” were reported, but that it wasn’t yet clear how many, after powerful storms swept through the community earlier in the evening.   The storms left behind a trail of overturned vehicles, mangled trees and damaged homes in and... | 30-Apr-2017 09:35

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