Backed Syrian forces expect Raqqa assault soon, await weapons

The advance left no significant IS-held urban settlements between SDF lines and Raqqa, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east. Felat spoke at a press conference in Tabqa , which the SDF captured from IS on Wednesday along with its nearby dam in one of its most important victories yet.

US, South Korea emphasise alliance after North Korean missile test

DPRK is short for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Yet another missile launch by North Korea also appeared to have little impact, while upbeat talk on trade and infrastructure investment at a top-level conference in China brightened sentiment.

Palestinians marking 'catastrophe' of Israel's founding clash with troops

Nakba Day is marked on May 15, the day following the Gregorian calendar date for Israel's independence. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven out in the Mideast war over Israel's 1948 creation. Palestinian survivors of the Nakba and their descendants have lived outside of Palestine since 1948, with millions of them still stateless or languishing in surrounding refugee camps.

Putin promises 'productive' Russian Federation role in denuclearizing N. Korea

Putin promises 'productive' Russian Federation role in denuclearizing N. Korea

The Prime Minister called Moon Jae-in to congratulate him on his election victory and discuss global tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons test programme. In a message on Saturday, Rouhani expressed hope that Tehran and Seoul would witness further expansion of relations during Moon's tenure. Park was South Korea's 11th president who was impeached making Moon take the seat with his landslide victory in South Korea election.

Turkey slams United States arming Syrian Kurds in IS fight

Turkey slams United States arming Syrian Kurds in IS fight

FILE - This April 30, 2017 photo provided by the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), shows a fighter from the SDF carrying weapons as he looks toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. But Washington's reassurances have failed to assuage Ankara. Turkey, the European Union and the USA have all branded the PKK a terrorist organization for its decades-long insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

Xi says Silk Road plan boosts finance, security ties

Ciobo also condemned North Korea's latest firing of a ballistic missile early on Sunday, but would not be drawn on whether North Korea's attendance at the summit – at Beijing's invitation – sent the wrong message at a time when the world was trying to pressure Pyongyang over its repeated nuclear and missile tests.