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Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trapped

Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trappedJihadist fighters defending the last dreg of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” Saturday were holed up in half a square kilometre of a village in eastern Syria. President Donald Trump had announced that the fall of the IS proto-state would be declared Saturday, but a Syrian commander said his US-backed forces slowed down their advance to protect civilians. The jihadists declared a “caliphate” in large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, but have since lost all but a tiny patch of territory in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border.



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More rain, snow expected in storm-battered California, following days of mudslides and floods

More rain, snow expected in storm-battered California, following days of mudslides and floodsCalifornians were in clean-up mode Friday as the state slowly recovers from an onslaught of rain, wind and snow, which brought widespread flooding and mudslides.



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Former Teacher Sentenced to 180 Days for Sexting Student

Former Teacher Sentenced to 180 Days for Sexting StudentA former Oklahoma high school teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student has been sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of engaging in sexual communication with a minor by use of technology.



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The 10 days that changed Iran forever

The 10 days that changed Iran foreverFrom the return to Tehran of exiled revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to the fall of the shah’s last government, Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution was over in 10 days. Here are the highlights of what has become known as the 10 Days of Dawn, or Daheh Fajr in Farsi, which ended 25 centuries of monarchy and are officially celebrated in Iran every year. On February 1, 1979 Shiite opposition leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini makes a triumphant return to Tehran after more than 14 years in exile, mostly in Iraq.



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What Does it Take to Force a Politician to Resign These Days?

What Does it Take to Force a Politician to Resign These Days?Virginia's leadership is facing controversies that have people wondering if Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring will resign.



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Six days of turmoil: Virginia Democrats' nightmare February

Six days of turmoil: Virginia Democrats' nightmare FebruaryNortham was elected in 2017 and Virginia governors are limited to a single four-year term.



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Ten days of turmoil in Venezuela

Ten days of turmoil in VenezuelaCrisis-hit Venezuela has been plunged into new turmoil since January 21, with the US and other countries backing an opposition leader’s claim to have replaced President Nicolas Maduro. On January 21 a small group of soldiers takes control of a command post north of Caracas, releasing a video rejecting Maduro’s regime and calling on people to take to the streets. The rebellion is put down quickly and 27 soldiers are arrested, but there are demonstrations of support in Caracas.



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Young boy found after being lost for days in the woods says he made friends with a bear

Young boy found after being lost for days in the woods says he made friends with a bearKids say the darndest things, and a young boy who was lost for three days in a heavily wooded area of North Carolina is spinning a yarn that is leaving investigators baffled. Casey Hathaway was reportedly playing with other children in his grandmother's backyard when he wandered into a nearby woods and disappeared from view.

Nobody could find the young boy, and authorities and volunteers scoured the woods for three days before he was eventually found alive. Having endured chilly temperatures and heavy rain, the boy was still in good health, but he says he didn't make it through the ordeal alone.

"He made a comment about having a friend while he was in the woods — his friend was a bear," on of the investigators, Maj. David McFadyen of the Craven County Sheriff's Office, told CNN in an interview. "In the emergency room he started talking about what happened in the woods and he said he had a friend that was a bear with him while he was in the woods."

The youngster likely had a rather uncomfortable time while he was lost in the woods, as nighttime temperatures dropped as low as 20 degrees and two inches of rain fell during the three days he was missing. As for whether or not a bear actually joined him, authorities can't say for certain one way or the other.

Authorities note that there are indeed bears in the area, but nobody involved in the search for the boy reported seeing one while combing the woods. The boy was found in a tangle of vines, according to investigators, and while he was cold he was otherwise unharmed. Search party members could hear him calling out for his mother, which helped them locate him.

Police say the young boy will be interviewed — or at least questioned to the extent that one can question a three-year-old — in order to get a better idea of how he survived, and perhaps they'll learn a little bit more about his bear friend in the process.



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Eight days of turmoil in Venezuela

Eight days of turmoil in VenezuelaCrisis-hit Venezuela has been plunged into new turmoil since January 21, with the US and other countries backing an opposition leader’s claim to have replaced President Nicolas Maduro. On January 21 a small group of soldiers takes control of a command post north of Caracas, releasing a video rejecting Maduro’s regime and calling on people to take to the streets. The rebellion is over quickly and 27 soldiers are arrested, but there are demonstrations of support in Caracas.



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Venezuela crisis: UK, France, Germany and Spain demand president Maduro calls election within eight days

Venezuela crisis: UK, France, Germany and Spain demand president Maduro calls election within eight daysThe UK has joined together with France, Germany and Spain in a bid to force new elections in Venezuala, where president Nicolas Maduro is clinging on to power. Britain backed the European demand with foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt saying it is now clear that Maduro is “not the legitimate leader” of the South American country. The UK has already thrown its wieght behind opposition leader Juan Guaido, who Downing Street recognised earlier this week as the leader of the country’s “democratically elected” assembly.



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