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A woman holds a baby as she stands next to female fighters from Syrian Democratic Forces near Baghouz [Rodi Said-Reuters]

US-backed force expects ‘decisive battle’ against ISIS on Sunday

A US-backed Syrian force closing in on ISIL's last territorial bastion near the Iraqi border expects a "decisive battle" on Sunday after advancing slowly, a spokesperson said.
Hoda Muthana is the only US citizen among an estimated 1,500 foreign women and children at the al-Hawl refugee camp [Fadel Senna-AFP]

US woman ‘deeply regrets’ joining ISIS, wants to return home

A US woman who ran away from home at the age of 20 to live in ISIL's so-called 'caliphate' says she "deeply regrets" her decision, and has pleaded with US authorities to allow her to return home.

Islamic State ‘recaptures 60 percent’ of last Syria stronghold

Reports that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has recaptured major parts of al-Bukamal, its last stronghold in Syria, have emerged two days after the Syrian army declared it had taken full control over the town.

Moscow denies IS captives are Russian soldiers

Russia has said media reports claiming two Russian soldiers were captured by ISIL in Syria "are hardly official information".

Russia blames US policy for Russian general’s death in Syria

A senior Russian official has denounced what he called the "two-faced policy" of the US, saying it was to blame for the death of a Russian general, Valery Asapov, in Syria, according to an RIA news agency report.

Several IS top leaders killed in Syria strike – Russia

A Russian air strike in Syria's Deir Az Zor has killed at least 40 ISIL fighters, including several of the group's top commanders, Moscow's defence ministry said.

IS makes gains against Syrian army in Raqqa province

ISIL fighters have killed at least 34 Syrian government troops and seized their vehicles, pushing back the army advancing on Maadan, one of the last ISIL-held towns in Raqqa province.

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Maltese authorities have seized counterfeit Libyan money worth $1.1 billion that was printed by a Russian firm and worsen the north African country’s economic problems, the US State Department said.

US: Malta seizes $1 billion in counterfeit Libyan money

Maltese authorities have seized counterfeit Libyan money worth $1.1 billion that was printed by a Russian firm and worsen the north African country’s economic problems, the US State Department said.
Sudan has summoned the Ethiopian embassy's chargé d'affaires over a border attack by suspected Ethiopian rebel fighters that killed and wounded several Sudanese army personnel and civilians, Khartoum said in a statement on Saturday.

Sudan summons Ethiopia envoy over deadly cross-border attack

Sudan has summoned the Ethiopian embassy's chargé d'affaires over a border attack by suspected Ethiopian rebel fighters that killed and wounded several Sudanese army personnel and civilians, Khartoum said in a statement on Saturday.

Thirteen killed in Katsina bandit attacks

Thirteen people died on Friday when villagers fought back against armed cattle thieves in Katsina State where rustling has been on the increase.
Dr. Dominic Ukpong, Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Health

Akwa Ibom discharges two coronavirus patients

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, who announced this on Saturday said those discharged have been certified negative by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, bringing to 16, the total of those treated and discharged of the viral infection since the first set of cases were recorded on April 1, 2020.

Lagos to decamp pipeline explosion victims from relief camp

Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Saturday.