Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Coalition forces capture dam from Islamic State

A U.S.-backed coalition of rebels in Syria including Syrian Kurdish, Arab and Christian groups has captured a major dam on the Euphrates River in the north from the Islamic State group. The coalition, known as Syria Democratic Forces, seized the Tishrin Dam on Saturday as part of its offensive aimed at cutting supply lines between Islamic State strongholds in northern Syria. The Tishrin Dam supplies much of northern Syria with electricity. An SDF spokesman said his forces were also trying to cut the supply lines between Islamic State's de facto capital, Raqqa, and the group's stronghold Manbij in northern Syria.

Islamic State touts successes * The Islamic State group released on Saturday a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, claiming that his self-styled "caliphate" is doing well despite an unprecedented alliance against it and criticizing the recently announced Saudi-led Islamic military coalition against terrorism. In the 24-minute audio, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said airstrikes by the international coalition only increase his group's determination and resolve.

Britain even soggier than usual * Homes were evacuated, cars were submerged and boats were brought in to help bring people to safety Saturday as parts of England, Scotland and Wales faced severe flooding after repeated heavy rain. Authorities issued some 335 flood alerts in all, and resources were stretched thin throughout the nation.

Flooding hits South America * Widespread floods have forced nearly 140,000 people from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil following days of torrential rain that drenched a region where the countries border each other. Paraguay is the hardest-hit, with at least 100,000 evacuating, according to the National Emergency Department.

Costa Rica to deport 56 Cubans * Authorities in Costa Rica have begun deportation proceedings for 56 Cuban migrants who entered that Central American nation after it stopped issuing special transit visas for Cubans who are trying to get to the United States. …

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