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Syrian army, allies advance against Islamic State east of Raqqa

BEIRUT Syrian government forces and their allies have recaptured territory from Islamic State in countryside southeast of its stronghold Raqqa after air strikes in the area, a pro-Damascus military media unit and war monitors reported.

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Headstrong Renzi struggles to find political touch as Italian vote nears

ROME Matteo Renzi is struggling to regain the political initiative after a disastrous spell during which he lost his job as prime minister and his party fractured.

Italy 7:54am EDT

Libya eastern commander Haftar, U.N.-backed premier Serraj to meet in Paris on Tuesday: source

CAIRO Libya's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar and the head of the U.N.-backed government Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj plan to meet on Tuesday for French-organised talks on a deal to resolve the country's crisis, a diplomatic source said on Sunday.

Libya 6:51am EDT

Marawi standoff enters third month, underlining crisis in Philippines

MANILA Two months after Islamist militants launched an assault on one of the biggest southern cities in the Philippines, the fighting is dragging on, and President Rodrigo Duterte says he is prepared to wait for a year for it to end.

4:15am EDT

Senior Australian minister calls for postal vote on same-sex marriage

MELBOURNE One of Australia’s most senior ministers on Sunday reignited debate on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised, proposing a national postal vote on the issue.

Spain's business leaders worried about Catalan secession

BARCELONA Almost three quarters of Spanish business leaders fear Catalonia's plans for an independence referendum on Oct. 1 could harm the country's economy, according to a study by Deloitte published in Spanish newspaper El País.

Spain 5:47am EDT

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