News Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand 2017-10-17T05:28:48.000000000-04:00 RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias will capture Islamic State's last foothold in the jihadists' former Syrian capital of Raqqa within hours, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday. Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on 2017-10-17T05:23:14.000000000-04:00 MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. Taliban suicide attack on provincial Afghan police HQ kills at least 12 2017-10-17T05:09:01.000000000-04:00 KABUL (Reuters) - A Taliban suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked a provincial Afghan police headquarters on Tuesday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 60, officials and militants said. Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand around city stadium 2017-10-17T05:01:40.000000000-04:00 RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said on Tuesday they are battling Islamic State around Raqqa stadium, the jihadists' last foothold in their former Syrian capital, after seizing a nearby hospital. California wildfire evacuees allowed home as crews search for bodies 2017-10-17T04:59:20.000000000-04:00 SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - More evacuees were expected to return home on Tuesday in Northern California where the state's deadliest wildfires have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes. U.S. official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with North Korea 2017-10-17T04:58:36.000000000-04:00 TOKYO/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment. Habitual cheat: Kobe Steel faked product data for more than 10 years - source 2017-10-17T03:41:43.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - When cheating becomes habitual, the consequences could be costly. U.S.-backed militias say they take major Raqqa position from ISIS 2017-10-17T03:23:21.000000000-04:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has taken the National Hospital in Raqqa, one of Islamic State's last remaining bastions in its former Syrian capital, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday. China state media attacks Western democracy ahead of Congress 2017-10-17T03:21:40.000000000-04:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - China's official Xinhua news agency attacked Western democracy as divisive and confrontational on Tuesday, praising on the eve of a key Communist Party Congress the harmony and cooperative nature of the Chinese system. U.S.-backed militias say they take major Raqqa position from IS 2017-10-17T03:11:45.000000000-04:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has taken the National Hospital in Raqqa, one of Islamic State's last remaining bastions in its former Syrian capital, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday.