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Could a defeated IS rebound?

[ad_1] Image copyright Manbar.me In short: yes, but not in the same form.The jihadist terror group's self-proclaimed "caliphate", which once ruled over nearly eight million people across Syria and Iraq, has been all but eliminated.The temptation for triumphalism in Western capitals is overwhelming. It has taken four-and-a-half years of relentless military pressure by a 79-nation coalition to get to this point. It has cost billions of dollars and thousands of
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Haiti arrests: US confirms Americans among group detained

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Police on guard in Port-au-Prince amid protests against the president The US state department says it understands that a number of Americans are among a group arrested in Haiti.Local media reported semi-automatic weapons had been found but this has not been officially confirmed.The circumstances remain unclear but local authorities told CNN the Americans were being held on conspiracy charges, but are not yet indicted.The
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The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRen Zhengfei described the arrest of his daughter as politically motivated. The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.Ren Zhengfei described the arrest of his daughter Meng Wanzhou, the company's chief financial officer, as politically motivated.The US is pursuing criminal charges against Huawei and Ms Meng,
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Trump to seek to raise pressure on Venezuela military

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump is set to give a speech in Miami, Florida US President Donald Trump will try to apply further pressure to Venezuela's military during a speech on Monday.In Florida, Mr Trump is expected to say the US "knows where military officials and their families have money hidden throughout the world".The speech represents a further attempt to persuade them to switch allegiance to
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‘Air Cocaine’ drug-trafficking trial starts in France

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Pascal Fauret (right) and Bruno Odos appeared in court on Monday Two former air force pilots have gone on trial in France almost six years after 26 suitcases stashed with cocaine were found on board their plane in the Dominican Republic. The two Frenchmen, Pascal Fauret and Bruno Odos, were arrested and sentenced in the Caribbean nation but fled to the French Antilles while
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Elin Ersson: Student fined for Afghan deportation protest

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Swedish activist Elin Ersson caused disruption on a plane that stopped the migrant being sent home. A Swedish activist has been fined 3,000 krona ($324; £251) for trying to stop the deportation of an Afghan migrant.University student Elin Ersson booked what she thought was the same flight as the Afghan, refusing to sit down unless he was taken off the plane. The migrant in
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Cameroon kidnap: 170 students freed

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Conflict in Cameroon's Anglophone regions has caused devastation since 2017 Cameroonian students and school staff who were kidnapped on Saturday have been freed, the Bishop of Kumbo has told the BBC.A total of 176 people, mostly students, were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen at Saint Augustin's College in Kumbo, in the North West region of Cameroon.They were released on Sunday after negotiations.It is the largest
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Trump lashes out at ‘treasonous’ officials after McCabe interview

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMcCabe: "There were concerns about Trump's intent" US President Donald Trump has issued an angry response after a TV interview on Sunday alleged that officials had held discussions to have him removed.Mr Trump tweeted of "illegal and treasonous" behaviour and an "illegal coup attempt".In the interview, ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe said talks had been held in 2017 about invoking a
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Zara advert gets China asking: Are freckles beautiful?

[ad_1] Image copyright Zara/Sina Weibo Image caption Some asked whether Zara wanted to "uglify" the Chinese public by featuring a freckled model A fierce row has broken out in China - and it is all down to some freckles.Li Jingwen, professionally known as Jing Wen, has attracted considerable attention for her freckled appearance in a campaign for a new range of cosmetics for Spanish fashion retailer Zara. Chinese daily Global
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Crowdfunding campaign for Russian air bear

[ad_1] Image copyright YouTube/Mansur the Bear Image caption Mansur had no fear of flying from an early age Staff at a Russian airfield have turned to crowdfunding on the internet after a foundling bear became too much for them to handle.Mansur the bear has lived at an airfield in Russia for the last three years, but as he moves into adulthood his hosts have decided to seek some help with