Demonstrators arrive at US embassy in Athens to mark annual anti-junta protest | AFP

Demonstrators arrive at the US embassy in Athens to mark the anniversary of a 1973 uprising against a US-backed junta. The annual march regularly descends into violence and some 5,000 officers were mobilised for the day, backed by drones, a helicopter and water cannon, police said. IMAGES

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Car bomb hits near church in Qamishli, northeast Syria | AFP

People gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion outside a church in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria. There was no immediate claim for the attack, which Syrian state television said left several people wounded and cars damaged. Syria’s Kurds have led the US-backed fight in the war-torn country against the Islamic State group, which continues to claim deadly attacks despite its territorial defeat in March. IMAGES

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Gunfire, tear gas, machetes: Clashes in Caracas amid coup attempt led by Guaido

Gunfire, tear gas, machetes – here are the latest pictures from the streets of the Venezuelan capital. The tensions started after US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido released a video on Twitter calling for a full-scale military uprising against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9tbh

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National Guard armoured vehicles move through the streets of Chacao in Caracas

Reports of tear gas follow the video released by US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, where he called on a full scale military uprising against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro’s spokesman has confirmed a coup underway in Venezuela. National Guard armored vehicles have been filmed on the streets of the capital Caracas.

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Thousands of Venezuelans break through barricades on Colombian border bridge after flooding

Thousands of Venezuelans broke through barricades on a bridge linking Venezuela and Colombia on Tuesday, according to the migration office in Bogota.

The bridge was blockaded in February, when Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered the military to put up barricades to stop US-backed attempts to bring humanitarian aid into the country. Many Venezuelans used unofficial crossings over the Tachira River instead. However, recent torrential rains made that impossible.

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Inside ISIS’s Final Fight (HBO)

In a deserted farmhouse on the Deir Ezzor frontline, a group of Arab YPG fighters and foreign volunteers — an American, a Scotsman, an Australian and a South Korean — took up position on the edge of Islamic State territory, firing wildly from the hollow windows onto ISIS fighters hiding in the orchards below.

Unseen from the house, ISIS militants crept forward into the building’s garden, launching a sudden assault on this isolated position, targeting the group with snipers, machine gun and anti-tank rocket fire before they attempted to storm it.

After years of bloody conflict across northern and eastern Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have pushed ISIS to the brink of total defeat. The remaining ISIS fighters now wait out their days in a cluster of tiny villages nestled between the Euphrates river and the Iraqi border.

Surrounded, outnumbered, and outgunned, the jihadist group’s last diehard fighters aren’t giving up. And they’re being met by US-backed forces and foreign volunteers, many of whom have traveled thousands of miles for the final fight.

Huddling in the central stairwell for cover, deafened by the roar of rockets hitting the rooms around them, YPG fighters argued furiously over their next move.

“We’re surrounded,” shouted the Australian YPG fighter, “We’re going to have to jump from the balcony and make a run for it.”

They quickly gathered blankets, mattresses and curtains, throwing them to the ground outside to soften the fall. Escaping through the alleyway, the fighters retreated to safety in a nearby outpost as Coalition airstrikes rained down on the besieged house.

On the map, the war against the Islamic State is all but won. But here in the middle Euphrates river valley, where much of the population resents the US-backed forces as alien occupiers, these fighters are likely to face many more sudden ambushes and assaults from within this dense patchwork of orchards and villages, even after the battle for Baghuz is won.

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US-backed forces move against last ISIL-held stronghold in Syria

U.S.-backed forces in #Syria have launched an assault on, what they call, the last #ISIL-held area near the Iraqi border. The village of #Baghouz has been a hotspot for the Syrian Democratic Forces for several weeks. They say hundreds of civilians withdrew from the area a day before the attack.

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Venezuela-Colombia border ahead of second attempt to pass US aid (Streamed live)

Live scenes from #Cucuta, #Colombia the day after a US-backed aid shipment attempted to cross the Venezuelan border. At least 1 ‘aid truck’ was set on fire.

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Ties Severed: Tensions flare at Venezuela-Colombia border amid aid row

The US-backed opposition’s call for a “human avalanche” to force American aid into Venezuela has erupted in violent clashes. Tensions were running high and the opposition soon claimed that government forces have killed civilians. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9oz7

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Colombian border ahead of attempt to deliver US aid into Venezuela

Live scenes from #Cucuta, #Colombia, where a US-backed aid shipment is expected to be delivered through the border into #Venezuela. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has claimed the aid delivery is a US plot to provoke intervention in Caracas.

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Venezuela’s self-proclaimed ‘president’ Guaido isn’t ruling out ‘authorizing’ US intervention

However ‘controversial’ such a move might be, the self-proclaimed US-backed ‘interim’ president of #Venezuela, #Guaido has claimed he would not rule out the possibility of ‘authorizing’ a foreign military intervention to topple #Maduro. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9o0i

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RAW: Venezuela blocks border bridge to stop US-backed ‘humanitarian aid’

Venezuelan troops reportedly barricaded a border bridge shared with Colombia on Wednesday, following plans to collect opposition- & US-backed humanitarian aid in nearby Cucuta due for delivery into Venezuela. A truck tanker & a shipping container could be seen blocking the border crossing. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9nk6

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In east Syria, civilians escape IS but not death

In recent weeks, thousands have escaped the last pocket of land held by the Islamic State group near the Iraqi border, seeking refuge in territory held by US-backed forces. Several say they were hit while attempting to flee into areas controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.