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MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions. Reuters has no evidence of wrongdoing by the vessels, whose movements were recorded in Reuters ship-tracking…

Raqqa campaign in final stages, SDF says

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city. The SDF said in a statement it had opened a new front against IS on the northern edge of…

At least 226 killed by earthquake in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – At least 226 people were killed by a powerful earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday, the nation’s civil protection agency said. The death toll in Mexico City surged to 117 people, Luis Felipe Puente, the head of the agency, wrote in a post on Twitter. The earthquake struck on the…