Coalition airstrikes in Raqqa causing 'staggering loss of life'

After a months-long campaign to cut supply routes into Raqqa , the USA -backed group known as the Syrian Democratic Forces have made swift progress in the past week since entering the city, the de facto capital of the Islamic State . Neither ISIS nor Syrian government forces are known to possess or to have used the US -made munitions, it said . The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor also reported heavy IS attacks against SDF fighters in the area.


Doubts over my future drove me on, says Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray retains his No. 1 ranking after a semifinal exit in Paris , and Stan Wawrinka stays at No. 3 after losing to Nadal 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in Sunday's final. The 31-year-old lost only 35 games in seven matches and won the title without dropping a set for the third time. Nadal has not had to wait as long as Real Madrid did for a 10th European title but, for a man who won nine titles in 10 years, two years without one was virtually an eternity.

Florida law shifts burden of proof in 'stand your ground'

Rick Scott that will issue money for job training and infrastructure improvements as part of the state's economic development efforts. "Nothing in this section shall require any accommodation of any on-site medical use of marijuana in any correctional institution or detention facility or place of education or employment, or of smoking medical marijuana in any public place", the amendment, approved by more than 71 percent of voters in November, reads.