World Briefs IRAQIS “TENS OF ME­TERS” FROM MOSUL VICTORY

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MOSUL, IRAQ» Iraqi com­man­ders said Satur­day their forces are “tens of me­ters” away from de­feat­ing the Is­lamic State group in Mosul, a day after a ma­jor coun­ter­at­tack by the mil­i­tants.

The Joint Op­er­a­tions Com­mand said “our units are still con­tin­u­ing to ad­vance . ... Not much is left be­fore our forces reach the river.”

Iraqi of­fi­cials have made sim­i­lar pro­nounce­ments over the past week as se­cu­rity forces have bot­tled the mil­i­tants up in a sliver of the Old City along the Ti­gris River. But the troops’ progress has slowed in re­cent days.

The mil­i­tants hold less than one square mile of ter­ri­tory, but are us­ing civil­ians as human shields, mak­ing it nearly im­pos­si­ble for U.s.-led war­planes to flush them out.

The oper­a­tion to re­take Mosul, Iraq’s sec­ond-largest city, be­gan in Oc­to­ber.

Amer­i­can beaten to death in Greece. Ser­bia says six of its cit­i­zens have been ar­rested in Greece in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the beat­ing death of a 22-year-old Texas man on the is­land of Zakyn­thos.

Ser­bia’s for­eign min­istry said Satur­day that the de­tained Serbs were to ap­pear be­fore a judge.

The fam­ily of Bakari Hen­der­son of Austin, Texas, iden­ti­fied him as the vic­tim. His fam­ily said Hen­der­son was in Greece work­ing on a photo shoot to launch a cloth­ing line. Bakari grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Ari­zona in May with a busi­ness de­gree.

Greek po­lice say the vic­tim was beaten to death at a bar in La­gana. Of­fi­cials haven’t re­leased a mo­tive.

Macron’s party hopes to main­tain its mo­men­tum. PARIS» French Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe on Satur­day urged the young party that swept Em­manuel Macron to the pres­i­dency in May to stay true to its name — Repub­lic on the Move! — but do so with hu­mil­ity de­spite its light­ning­fast rise.

The move­ment gave it­self a struc­ture at its first con­ven­tion, opting for a lay­ered and col­le­gial lead­er­ship ar­range­ment that it hopes will keep it mo­bi­lized at the grass­roots level for fu­ture elec­tions.

The big loser in the pres­i­den­tial race, the So­cial­ist Party of Macron’s pre­de­ces­sor, Fran­cois Hol­lande, also met Satur­day to start anew. The So­cial­ists opted for a power-shar­ing lead­er­ship struc­ture as well, one that com­prises a core of 16 peo­ple, eight women and eight men.

Pride pa­rade cheers up Lon­don­ers. LON­DON» Lon­don’s mayor has called the Pride in Lon­don pa­rade the big­gest ever and says the cel­e­bra­tion pro­vides the “best an­ti­dote” to re­cent tragedies.

Sadiq Khan on Satur­day told rev­el­ers at the gay pride event that the fes­tiv­i­ties pro­vided wel­come re­lief from re­cent bouts with ter­ror­ism.

The an­nual pa­rade hon­ored mem­bers of the emer­gency ser­vices who were praised for heroic work re­spond­ing to ex­trem­ist at­tacks and the Gren­fell Tower fire.

More than 25,000 peo­ple took part in the gala pa­rade, with up to 1 million peo­ple watch­ing in cen­tral Lon­don.

Right­ists Hun­gary. Three small, far-right groups in Hun­gary say they have formed an al­liance to fight the lib­er­al­ism they claim has made Europe “un­liv­able and in­de­fen­si­ble.”

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About 300 sup­port­ers at­tended an in­au­gu­ral event of Force and De­ter­mi­na­tion on Satur­day. Or­ga­niz­ers say they rep­re­sent “the white Euro­pean man” and want to spread the idea of “eth­nic self-de­fense” in the face of im­mi­gra­tion and Hun­gary’s grow­ing Roma com­mu­nity. Speak­ers at the event said they wanted to build a “new right-wing” and fight against po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

Walesa hos­pi­tal­ized with heart prob­lems.

Poland’s for­mer Pres­i­dent Lech Walesa, a democ­racy hero, has been hos­pi­tal­ized with heart prob­lems in his Baltic coast home city of Gdansk.

Walesa’s son, Jaroslaw Walesa, said via text mes­sage Satur­day that his fa­ther was feel­ing “un­for­tu­nately weak.” It was not im­me­di­ately known when he could be dis­charged from the heart clinic.

The 73-year-old Walesa on Thurs­day at­tended a speech by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in War­saw. He was booed by many in a crowd that sup­ported the cur­rent gov­ern­ment, which crit­i­cizes Walesa’s role in Poland’s pol­i­tics.

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