Pentagon: 'Hundreds' of United States troops in fight for Raqqa

Iraqi forces launched an offensive to capture the northern city of Mosul , the largest held by IS, in October, and heavy fighting is still underway there. The mainly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces ( SDF ) announced the start of a long-awaited siege on ISIS stronghold Raqqa, Syria one week after the USA confirmed delivery of arms to it.

May starts DUP talks in bid to keep power

According to reports of the meeting, she accepted personal responsibility for calling the snap election and for the result, which saw her party lose its overall majority and have to rely on the support of others. With the two-year clock on Brexit ticking away since March, when a letter from May formally started proceedings, Barnier dismissed suggestion of postponing the negotiations and said such a delay would only prompt further instability.

US Republican shot at baseball practice

Five people were transported medically from the scene in Alexandria, the city's police chief, Michael Brown told reporters. Two members of Scalise's security detail, as well as a staffer and a lobbyist, were shot. Scalise, the House majority whip, was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital, according to one congressional aide. Scalise, who has been in Congress since 2008, represents a district that includes some New Orleans suburbs and bayou parishes.

Heinrich: Sessions' testimony shows 'concerted effort' to obstruct investigation

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal. Democratic Sen Ron Wyden of OR asked Mr Sessions about suggestions arising from Mr Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal.

Huge fire engulfs 27-floor London tower block

He said: "It's horrendous". He said he heard sirens, helicopters and shouting and then saw the building engulfed in flames. Structural engineers were monitoring the building closely, but were not immediately concerned of a potential collapse.

Unknown number killed in massive London high-rise blaze

The building is the Grenfell Tower in west London . "The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby". A witness identified as Daniel told BBC Radio London that people on the upper floors were trapped as the flames rose higher and higher. "I saw the woman later and she was hysterical".