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AP News Guide: Instability set to follow IS collapse
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse....



Syrian commander says Raqqa has been captured from militants
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa on Tuesday from Islamic State militants, a senior commander said, in a major defeat for the collapsing extremist group that had proclaimed it to be the capital of its "caliphate."...



US military says IS 'capital' of Raqqa 90 percent freed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military says the Syrian city of Raqqa is about 90 percent cleared of Islamic State fighters....



UK intelligence chief says terror threat is worst of career
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's domestic intelligence chief warned during a rare public speech Tuesday that the terrorist threat the country faces has accelerated at an alarming pace and is worse now than at any time in his 34-year career....



In Somalia, hope fades in desperate search for missing
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Anguished families scoured Somalia's capital Tuesday in search of scores still missing from Saturday's bomb blast that killed more than 300 people in one of the world's deadliest attacks in years....



Catalans vow to resist after Spain court rules vote illegal
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spain's top court ruled Tuesday that a recent independence referendum in Catalonia was unconstitutional, adding legal weight to the government's efforts to block an attempt by the wealthy region's leaders to break away from the rest of the country....



Slain Maltese reporter crusaded against corruption
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- Anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed when her car was blown up by a bomb, was fearless and formidable....






After Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of more areas in Iraq
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces lost more territory in Iraq on Tuesday, withdrawing from the town of Sinjar a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed city of Kirkuk....



Israel says no talks if Hamas in Palestinian government
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel said Tuesday it would not conduct diplomatic negotiations with a Palestinian government that includes a role for the militant Hamas group, laying down a significant potential roadblock to already complicated Palestinian reconciliation efforts....