The Daily Populous

Saturday December 15th, 2018 day edition

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BEIRUT — U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after days of intense battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists said.

The fall of Hajin is a blow to the extremists.

The town was their main stronghold in the last pocket of land they control in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been fighting to take Hajin and the surrounding villages in Deir el-Zour province for over three months.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the SDF took Hajin early in the morning, after fierce fighting under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.

It said some ISIS fighters withdrew to the villages and that fighting is still going in the fields outside Hajin as SDF fighters chase the extremists.

The area was home to some 15,000 people, including 2,000 ISIS gunmen who have been fighting back with counteroffensives and suicide attacks. »

Ocasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached

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During 1999 impeachment proceedings for former President Clinton, Graham said, "You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic.

If this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role.".

Graham later compared Trump to former President Bill Clinton, who was impeached after he was found to have lied about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. »

Did a nearby supernova cause one of Earth’s mass extinctions?

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About 2.6 million years ago, one such supernova lit up Earth’s sky from about 150 light-years away.

Their work was published November 27 in Astrobiology “Supernovae should have affected Earth at some time or another,” Melott said in a press release .

However, in the past, it’s been hard to determine exactly how or when such events would have had an effect. »