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A city reduced to rubble after years of brutal ISIS rule

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:04:29 GMT

It was here, at the main square in Raqqa, that ISIS militants unveiled their brutality to the world -- they carried out public executions for offenses as minor as smoking and placed the heads of the dead on spikes.(image)

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Trump takes credit for ISIS 'giving up'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:32:17 GMT

President Donald Trump took credit for the fact that ISIS is in retreat during an interview Tuesday, claiming that ISIS wasn't on the run before because "you didn't have Trump as your president."(image)

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Video shows Raqqa execution spot

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:04:25 GMT

This exclusive drone footage shows empty streets and destroyed buildings in Raqqa, a city on the brink of being liberated from ISIS.(image)

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What comes next for the devastated city -- and for ISIS

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:16:59 GMT

US-backed forces in Raqqa said Tuesday that major military operations against ISIS had ended as they worked to clear out the remnants of sleeper cells and mines in the ruins of the Syrian city.(image)

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ISIS' power is waning, but its child slave trade is still booming

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:34:37 GMT

A lonely four-year-old stands on a patch of waste ground that passes for a football field. This is where he plays, silent and alone. After years in ISIS slavery, Lazem is finally safe. But he has no one to talk to and, until a few days ago, didn't even know his own name.(image)

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Life inside Raqqa

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:17:05 GMT

It's notoriously difficult to get information out of Raqqa. ISIS monitors everything inside the city and CNN has a policy of not contacting anyone in the city directly as it would put their lives in danger. Much of the information in this gallery has been provided by activist group Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered and many of the sources are unnamed for their own protection. CNN cannot independently verify their information.(image)

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Children to sue European countries over climate change

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:59:30 GMT

A group of Portuguese children whose district was ravaged by deadly forest fires this summer is to sue 47 European nations, accusing them of failing to take action on climate change.(image)

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Rape in DR Congo: An economic war on women's bodies

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:20:44 GMT

A seven-minute video showing a woman being beaten, raped and then beheaded in a public square in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was circulating on the messaging platform Whatsapp for months before being validated and published by France 24 last week.(image)

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Did Japan just ban tattoo artists?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:03:18 GMT

Black is a color you won't find on the walls of Ron Sugano's tattoo parlor in the upmarket Meguro district of south-west Tokyo, where quaint geometric houses line quiet streets.(image)

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N. Korea: War may begin 'at any moment'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:22:19 GMT

Brian Todd reports on a North Korean ambassador's warning, that nuclear war could break out "at any moment."(image)

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Diwali: One festival, many customs

Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:43:38 GMT

Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals in India -- but the colorful customs and meanings associated with it can vary dramatically depending on whether you reside in the countryside or the city.(image)

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Chinese artist recreates Van Gogh self-portraits

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:39:32 GMT

Zeng Fanzhi is perhaps one of China's best-known painters. He is also one of its savvy interlocutors and most knowledgeable connoisseurs.(image)

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The Austrian elections should terrify Europeans

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:26:04 GMT

The commanding victory of populist parties in Austria's national election on Sunday is certain to reverberate beyond the borders of the nation of 8.5 million. Coming on the heels of record gains made by the far right in Germany last month, nationalist and anti-immigrant forces across the European Union are feeling emboldened by the vote, which could well bring Austria's Islamophobic Freedom Party to power in a coalition government in Vienna.(image)

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The West cannot afford to give up on Turkey

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:56:31 GMT

European leaders are set to discuss the increasingly difficult issue of Turkey at a summit this week in Brussels amid the deepest freeze in bilateral relations in years.(image)

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The future of China: Muscle

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:52:28 GMT

China is on a mission. That much at least one can conclude from the nearly three-and-a-half hour speech that President Xi Jinping gave in Beijing at the start of the 19th Communist Party Congress.(image)

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Why Britain needs the immigrants it doesn't want

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:26:41 GMT

Britain has a problem: It wants fewer immigrants, but its economy desperately needs more.(image)

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Magical sports moments for sick kids

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:31:22 GMT

Blake Rockwell grew up playing sports with other children in his neighborhood. But a congenital heart defect had prevented one of his older brothers, Chuckie, from doing the same.(image)

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He rolls out the red carpet for ill sports fans

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:51:04 GMT

Blake Rockwell's nonprofit has given thousands of seriously ill children all-access, V.I.P. experiences at college sporting events around the country.(image)

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Childhood leukemia doesn't always mean isolation

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:54:45 GMT

With the help of a robot from CNN Hero Leslie Morissette's nonprofit, one fourth grader stays connected to his school and friends while battling leukemia.(image)

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A German airline passenger plane buzzed a control tower in Dusseldorf, Germany, in an attempt to make an emotional goodbye, according to local media.(image)

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In Cape Town, South Africa's largest township, Rosie Mashale and her group care for orphaned, abandoned and sick children -- many who lost parents to AIDS.(image)

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CNN Hero Rosie Mashale visits elder orphans in her Cape Town, South Africa, community who benefit from her organization's support and love.(image)

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For 32 years, Mariuma Ben Yosef's organization, the Shanti House, has provided a temporary home and long-term support for vulnerable youth in Israel.(image)

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Siew Te Wong, a wildlife biologist in Malaysia, has dedicated his life to protecting the sun bear, the world's smallest bear species.(image)

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