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China's Xi declares an 'overwhelming victory' over graft: state media Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared an "overwhelming victory" in his fight against graft within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, while still vowing that the campaign to weed out deep-seated corruption will continue, state media reported. Xi has pledged to wage war on graft until corruption of all kinds has been expunged at all levels of the Communist Party, from high-level "tigers" to low-level "flies".
Trump spreads fake right wing claim about missing text messages between FBI agents Donald Trump has falsely claimed texts between former FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were "wiped clean and gone" â€“ despite a new report revealing the messages were not initially included in a Justice Department probe due to a technical error. â€śSuch a big story that will never be covered by the Fake News,â€ť he continued. The FBIâ€™s automated collection tool failed to collect five months of text messages between the agents due to a technology failure, according to a report released by the Justice Departmentâ€™s office of the inspector general.
Trump Needs Patience, Pressure to Sway Kim, Ex-Negotiator Says Trump needs to reassure Kim Jong Un that the U.S. wouldnâ€™t threaten his grip on power while also holding Pyongyang accountable for all the fissile material it has produced for bombs, said lawmaker Lee Soo Hyuck, an influential foreign policy figure in South Korean President Moon Jae-inâ€™s Democratic Party. Trump, who held an unprecedented meeting with Kim in Singapore in June, expects a second summit as early as January.
Isil defeated in its last Syrian town as jihadists mount final stand The last Syrian town under the control of Islamic State fell on Friday, marking a defeat for the jihadists which will prove difficult to come back from. The flag of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US and UK-backed fighters battling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), was erected in the central square in Hajin, eastern Deir Ezzor province. The Kurdish-dominated SDF faced one of their toughest battles in the war against Isil in Hajin, a nondescript town which had become the site of Isilâ€™s last major stand in Syria. â€śJust about every Daesh we came across had a suicide belt,â€ť said one commander involved in the battle, using the Arabic acronym for the group. â€śThey saw it as end of days and were using every weapon they had.â€ť Isil is thought to now only have a few hundred militants left holding out in villages around Hajin and in the small sliver of land left between Syria and Iraq. A Syrian displaced woman carries her child inside a refugee camp of al-Hol in Hasakeh governorate in northeastern SyriaÂ Credit: AFP Most of Isilâ€™s remaining senior leaders had been in the town in recent months, but it is not clear whether they have been killed or managed to escape to desert land along the border before the SDF established its chokehold. All recent US intelligence also suggests Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Isilâ€™s leader, is alive and hiding out amongÂ the groupâ€™s final vestiges. â€śThis was always going to be a fight to the death,â€ť Nouri Mahmoud, spokesman of the Syrian Kurdish militia known as People's Protection Units or YPG - the main component of SDF, told the Telegraph during a visit trip to northern Syria. â€śA lot of senior fighters and commanders had spent months preparing for this fight and were not about to give up.â€ť The operation on Hajin was launched on September 10 and took a heavy toll, according to figures collected by the UK-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which show at least 900 jihadists and 500 SDF fighters were killed in the fighting. Isil launched a particularly deadly counterattack in early November, which saw the jihadists use the cover of a sandstorm to overrun an SDF base and capture dozens. #SDF flag in #Hajin bazaar place, center of the town. via @ciyager_rojavapic.twitter.com/OVn4ffdAMfâ€” zana amed (@zana_med) December 13, 2018 The battle was then briefly paused after Turkey, which considers the YPG a terrorist group because of its organisational links to the insurgent Kurdistan Workersâ€™ Party (PKK), began shelling Kurdish troops over the border. Fresh Turkish threats could jeopardise the last stage of the SDF offensive. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkeyâ€™s president, this week warned it is planning a new assault on the Kurds - this time east of the Euphrates river. A spokesman for the Turkish-backed opposition National Army said up to 15,000 Syrian rebels were ready to join Turkey's forces. The US, which has warned Turkey against such a move, will have to decide whether to back the Kurds and risk confrontation with a Nato ally, or effectively give Turkey a green light. The Kurds have warned that any attack from Turkey would distract the SDF from the battle against Isil, which could risk giving the group the oxygen to regroup in Deir Ezzor. Brett McGurk, the US anti-Isil envoy, also cautioned earlier this week that the â€śbattle against (Isil) in the Middle Euphrates Valleyâ€ť was not over yet. â€śItâ€™s going to take time, but it will get done,â€ť McGurk continued. â€śItâ€™s a very difficult campaign.â€ť The Trump administration has said it will remain in Syria for as long as it takes to defeat Isil, but it remains uncertain if the SDF has the manpower and resources to keep control of the vast territory it has captured once their ally is gone.
Global pressure vital for Yemen accord: analysts A breakthrough accord between Yemen's warring sides is the most significant step towards ending the country's devastating conflict, but analysts warn its success depends on further international pressure. The United Nations on Thursday brokered a truce between Yemen's government, supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, and Iran-backed Huthi rebels. While the agreement signed in Sweden was welcomed by all involved, analysts say it is fraught with risks and needs to be reinforced by the international community.