Daily Archives: October 18, 2017

Islamic State militants defeated in Syria’s Raqqa, says SDF

US-backed forces announced on Sunday the “final phase” of the battle to retake Raqqa in Syria, after the city was evacuated except for foreign Islamic State (IS) group militants and their families.

More than 3,000 civilians fled Raqqa on Saturday night under an evacuation deal that left just a few hundred foreign IS militants and some of their relatives in the handful of positions they still hold in their one-time Syrian stronghold.

Ukraine | Monument honoring anti-Semitic nationalist leader erected in Ukraine

The World Jewish Congress has denounced the Ukrainian city of Vinnitsa’s “disgraceful and deplorable” move to celebrate nationalist leader Symon Petliura, whose Ukrainian People’s Republic killed tens of thousands of Jews in programs under his watch in 1918-1921, and urged the local authorities to pull a monument unveiled over the weekend in his honor.

Spain | Puidgemont Blasts Repression After Catalan Leaders Detained for ‘Sedition’

Dozens of Barcelona residents banged pots Monday evening to express discontent with the High Court’s decision to jail the two pro-independence leaders.

Catalans are readying to take to the streets to protest a Spain High Court order declaring two independence organizations’ leaders be remanded while they remain under investigation for suspicion of sedition.