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BEIRUT | US Official: ‘End days’ nearing for Islamic State in Syria

BEIRUT — A U.S. military official says fighting against the Islamic State group in its last enclave in eastern Syria “is going very well.” Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the U.S.-led Coalition, comments on Saturday came a day after the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured the town of Hajin, the largest urban area controlled … Continue reading BEIRUT | US Official: ‘End days’ nearing for Islamic State in Syria

MOSCOW | Russia to deploy more anti-aircraft missiles in Crimea

MOSCOW — A military official says Russia will boost the defense of the occupied Crimean peninsula with more anti-aircraft missiles. The Interfax news agency on Wednesday quoted Col. Vadim Astafyev, the top Defense Ministry official in Russia’s south, as saying that Russia will add one S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to the three already deployed in … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia to deploy more anti-aircraft missiles in Crimea

TIRANA, Albania | Albania’s interior minister resigns, new nominee chosen

TIRANA, Albania— Albania’s prime minister says the country’s interior minister has resigned. Writing in his Twitter page Saturday, Prime Minister Edi Rama said he had accepted Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj‘s resignation, without giving any explanation. Rama then nominated Sander Lleshi, a former military official, for the post. Lleshi must be approved by the president and … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | Albania’s interior minister resigns, new nominee chosen

BEIRUT | Syrian TV reports suspected Israeli strikes on state company

BEIRUT — Syria state media is reporting loud explosions in the Syrian coastal Latakia province, saying are likely from Israeli strikes targeting a state company for technical industries. A military official says more strikes targeted the provincial capital from the sea but Syrian air defenses intercepted them. The state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV reported the explosions late … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian TV reports suspected Israeli strikes on state company

PARIS | French official says children evacuated from floods are safe

PARIS — A top military official in the Gard, the French region that was hardest hit by violent storms and flooding, has told French media that all children were successfully rescued. Some 119 children, many of them from Germany, were evacuated from Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas campsite Thursday night. On Friday, the region’s chief gendarme Colonel Laurent Haas … Continue reading PARIS | French official says children evacuated from floods are safe