Syria's Raqqa handed over to local officials and tribal elders

The administration of the city of Raqqa was handed over to a civil council Friday after Syrian Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former “capital”.

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The Dictator's Games: A rare look inside Turkmenistan

As Turkmenistan hosted the Asian Games in the capital Ashgabat, our reporter managed to obtain a visa to cover the event. He brings us a rare look inside one of the world’s most authoritarian regimes.

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Kurdish referendum a ‘colossal mistake’, says son of late president Talabani

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Bafel Talabani – the son of late Iraqi president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani – blasted the decision of the Kurdish leadership to go ahead with a referendum on independence, calling it a “colossal mistake”. He said a US proposal to postpone the referendum by two years should have been accepted and would have avoided the current situation, in which Iraqi federal forces have taken back control of areas formerly controlled by Kurds.

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Much more work to be done after Brexit summit, Macron says

Despite positive signals coming out of the European Union’s Brexit summit on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron said “there is a lot of work still to be done” on negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU in the next 18 months.

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#MeToo: Québec’s 'comedy king' resigns after harassment allegations

Québécois comedy legend Gilbert Rozon, founder of the Just for Laughs comedy festival, has been accused by at least nine women of multiple accounts of sexual harassment and abuse.

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