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Backed anti-ISIS forces to announce Raqqa assault start date on Tuesday

Backed anti-ISIS forces to announce Raqqa assault start date on Tuesday

It said the attack occurred after forces supporting Syrian president Bashar Assad entered an area near a coalition base in southern Syria with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, other vehicles and more than 60 soldiers. "We expect a fight very similar to what we've seen in Mosul", he said, while adding that Raqqa is a much smaller city. The city in northeastern Syria has been an ISIS stronghold since it was captured in January 2014.


Melania, Donald Trump met with Pope Francis in Vatican

Melania, Donald Trump met with Pope Francis in Vatican

It remains unclear whether the Twitter banners will keep changing as the president's inaugural four-nation trip continues, but Trump was certainly impressed by his visit to the Vatican. But Francis underscored his concern by including among his gifts to Trump a copy of a document he has written denouncing human contributions to climate change .



Voters have 'golden opportunity' to end austerity, Nicola Sturgeon says

Nicola Sturgeon has maintained that Scotland will be an independent country by 2025. "It is crystal clear that this election is a two-horse race between the SNP and the Tories in Scotland - and only the SNP will stand up for Scotland and resist the kind of damaging austerity the Liberals were all too keen to support not so long ago".


Led coalition strikes pro-Assad forces in Syria

Led coalition strikes pro-Assad forces in Syria

On May 18, the coalition conducted its first airstrike against the pro-government forces, which the United States believes are backed by Iran, as it was moving inside a well-established de-confliction zone in southern Syria. Intelligence sources have told Reuters that the coalition's presence near al Tanf is meant to keep Iranian-backed forces from securing an overland route between Syria and Iraq.


China in touch with Russia over India's NSG bid

China in touch with Russia over India's NSG bid

The group requires all members to give their consent for a new admission. Last month, China had said its position on India's membership to the NSG had not changed, indicating it will again block New Delhi's plea at the plenary session in Bern next month.



Trump decides to not move US Embassy to Jerusalem

Since 1998, every US President has signed a waiver postponing the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The White House said that Trump signed the order to allow negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to resume.